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Capsicum baccatum 'Aji Colorado'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: baccatum (BAK-ah-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Aji Colorado

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Mild (1 to 1,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (4" to 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:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DanCarmona On Nov 28, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Aji Colorado
Capsicum: Baccatum var. pendulum 
Origin: Bolivia
PI: 590506
Scoville units: 30,000-50,000
Blossom end shape: pointed
Fruit position and shape: pendant, elongate
Fruit size and color: 3"-5"L green > red
Calyx shape: cup shaped
Flower: erect, rotate, small
Petals/Spots: white/yellow or tan spots
Filament color: white
Anther color: yellow
Habit: small, usually low tree
Stem: smooth
Leaves: smooth, relatively small
Germ. Time: 2 wk. > 2 mo.
Maturity: 75-80 Days
Plant height: 18 > 24"
Taste: .."citrusy" "fruity"
Uses:.condiment, garnish, salsa
This tall variety from the Peruvian Andes produces brilliantly colored 3 to 5in pendant shaped pods, which are slightly wrinkled. These tasty peppers are used both fresh and in their dried powdered form.

Neutral luckydoginar On Aug 22, 2005, luckydoginar from Greenbrier, AR wrote:

I planted Aji Colorado for the first time this year from seeds from Gurney's. Most fruit is 4-5 inches long, bright red, fleshy, sweet, but unfortunately, not hot. One plant has some fruit that turned orange, but not red. These peppers are hot, similar to a jalepeno. I do not know why only the orange ones are hot. I thought maybe they crossed with the Aji Amarillo I have in the next row, but am not sure.

Positive Love2Troll On Feb 12, 2005, Love2Troll from (Zone 5b) wrote:

A heavy producer with typical good C. baccatum taste & heat. Pod heat is medium.

Neutral Farmerdill On Oct 14, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Brilliantly-colored, peppery and spicy chile from the Andes. Short, sprawling shrub with long, conical, slightly wrinkled, shiny orange/red fruits. Unique, pungent flavor. (85 day)


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

Greenbrier, Arkansas
Platte City, Missouri

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