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Capsicum cardenasii 'Ulupica'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: cardenasii
Cultivar: Ulupica

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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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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DanCarmona On Dec 1, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Capsicum: Cardenasii
Origin: Bolivia
Scoville units: 100,000
Blossom end shape: blunt
Fruit position and shape: erect, round
Fruit size and color: BB shot, green > red
Calyx shape: saucer shaped, 5 teeth
Flower: erect, rotate, small
Petals/Spots: purple/white star burst w/yellow
Filament color: white
Anther color: purple
Habit: sprawling bush
Stem: pubescent
Leaves: smooth, relatively small
Germ. Time: 3wk. > 3mo.
Maturity: 100 days
Plant height: 24-36"
This hybrid form is probably an answer to many questions around wild c.eximiums and domesticated c.pubescens'. It appears to exist both as an established, truly wild form (in Bolivia), and as an ad hoc crossing between these species. As a plant, it tends to be large - a lot bigger than small-berried, truly wild c.eximiums, and even larger than many c.pubescens plants. The leaves are somewhat pubescent and the general habit of the plant is rather erect, bushy, much less sprawling than that of its wilder cousins.
Obtaining fruit sets is difficult as the pods do not readily self pollinate. Like the Rocoto, the Ulupica has purple flowers.
Credits & Sources: thechileman Ulupica

Positive Jamsteri On May 31, 2005, Jamsteri from Oulu
Finland (Zone 4a) wrote:

I havenīt yet got any of ripe pods, but it seems it can't stop flowering. There are dozens of flowers open at same time, and over one hundred buds in the plant.
I will add my opinion about ripe peppers when I get those.

Neutral Love2Troll On Mar 19, 2005, Love2Troll from (Zone 5b) wrote:

Native to Bolivia and one of the ancestral species that led to domesticated capsicums. Will not self, but will cross in both directions to C. eximium and as a female to C. pubescens.

I'm growing it (& C. eximium) to use in crossing experiments with C. pubescens.

Most of the above info is from UC Davis

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 21, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1/ 4 imch diameter Bolivian pepper. Blue flowers.

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