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Capsicum chinense 'Rocotillo'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Rocotillo

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Mild (1 to 1,000 Scoville Units)
Moderate (1,000 to 5,000 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 DanCarmona On Dec 1, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Rocotillo Chinense
Capsicum: .Chinense
Origin: .West Indies
PI: .
Scoville units: .20,000 - 25,000
Blossom end shape: .blunt
Fruit position and shape: .pendant, oblate
Fruit size and color: 2""x 1" green > orange > red
Calyx shape: .saucer shaped, toothless
Flower: .stellate, small, bell-shaped
Petals/Spots: .white/none
Filament color: .white
Anther color: .blue
Habit: .small, usually low tree
Stem: .smooth
Leaves: . large, uneven, glabous
Germ. Time: .3 wk.>.3 mo.
Maturity: . 95 days
Plant height: .24-36"
Taste: .
"{Little Rocoto") Rocotillo
This tiny, bumpy-skinned Caribbean pepper is just as aromatic as the sweeter ají dulce, also popular in the Hispanic Caribbean, but has only a mild piquancy. It can enhance all sorts of dishes, from black bean soup to aromatic cilantro-based salsas.
Credits & Sources: thechileman Rocotillo Chinense

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 16, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A relatively mild 1 x 1 1/2 inch mushroom shaped Habernero type.


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

Homestead, Florida
Clinton, Maryland

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