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Capsicum frutescens 'Grove'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: frutescens (froo-TESS-enz) (Info)
Cultivar: Grove
Additional cultivar information: (aka Grove Pepper, Wild Grove Pepper)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Heat (Pungency):
Moderate (1,000 to 5,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Yellow changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)
Late (more than 80 days)

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive n4jmx On Jun 25, 2007, n4jmx from Wauchula, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I discovered this plant growing as a volunteer next to my dog pen. The cafeteria ladies at the school I work at use these peppers as a salad dressing. They place them in a glass container with vinegar and we sprinkle it onto our salads. Nice flavor and not too hot.
So when I discovered this plant growing in my yard I was very pleased. I plan on saving some of the peppers for seed and will keep you posted on my success with growing them.

Positive cujo1432 On Dec 13, 2003, cujo1432 wrote:

My grove pepper plant seems to do well in full light in the morning and inderict sun light in the afternoon the best.. With lots of water.. The wetter the soil the more, umm I guess you could say" happier" the plant seems..Its grown approx. 2 inchs in the last month and a half, while its been around low 50's to the 40's out side at night and around 65-70 out side durring the day.. I found a great cheap fert. for it.. All you need is childrens vitamins.. I use flintstone chewable.. Take it push one down right next to the plant every 7 to 10 day and keep it well water'd.. you'll see your plant liven up alot..
I absolutly love the plant.. it grows well, and is hard to kill.. even if you forget it for a fews day..

Positive IslandJim On Aug 23, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

The "grove" pepper may or may not be the same as the "Fips" pepper [see "Peppers," Jean Andrews, University of Texas]. It gets its "grove" name from the fact that it was brought to south florida by the first Mexicans who came to work in the orange groves. So the "grove" moniker says more about Anglo presumptiousness than it does about varietal identification.

Otherwise, it's quite like the Thai Devil--in heat, growing habit [pointing up], shape, and color--but differs in size. Grove is two or three times larger than Thai Devil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brooksville, Florida
Fort Meade, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Venice, Florida
Wauchula, Florida

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