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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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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" 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:
Late (more than 80 days)

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive AnthonyR 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 Farmerdill 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.


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

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

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