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Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum 'Besler's Cherry'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum var. glabriusculum
Cultivar: Besler's Cherry
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Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Round

Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Drying

Pickling

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Late (more than 80 days)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Regional

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

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 5, 2009, AnthonyR from Ocean Springs, MS wrote:

I've been interested in growing larger chiltepins and I'm happy I discovered Besler's cherry. It grows nice and bushy if given elbow room and it was extremely prolific (hundred or so peppers on bush) through the spring-summer. Still produced in fall but was in decline until frost got it. Lots of heat, good to eat, but if matured to red the fruit is seedy.

Neutral

On Nov 24, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 3/8 inch diameter Chiltepin/Tepin Type supposedly illustrated by Basilius Besler in 1613.