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Capsicum annuum 'Big Chile'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Big Chile

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Large (more than 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green 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; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Horseshoe On Nov 3, 2006, Horseshoe from Efland, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Big Chile II seems to have several different size descriptions ranging from "4 to 7 inches in length" to "10 inches long by 3/4 inch wide", etc. The ones I grew in 2003 averaged 6-7 inches in length.

A very mild tasting (to my taste buds) pepper and fairly prolific in our Zone 7. Well worth giving them a try!

Neutral Farmerdill On Oct 9, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Available from Knapps Vegetable Seeds, which offers this description: "Gigantic yields of green chilies in the mild Anaheim or California Chile class, but so much bigger! Huge, 8 to 10", 4 oz. fruits with thick flesh and low pungency (about as hot as the new mild Jalapenos) taste delicious roasted, broiled and diced. Compact plants are widely adapted, bearing early fruits that are mostly used green but mature red."


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

Greenwood, Indiana
Aurora, Missouri
Avon, New York
Efland, North Carolina
Hillsborough, North Carolina

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