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Capsicum annuum
CHILLI – BOLIVIAN RAINBOW  said to have originated in Bolivia (hence the name) has pretty rainbow coloured fruit that change as they grow from purple, to yellow, orange and red.  They require a warm climate but can be grown indoors allowing it to produce fruit all year round.  The fruit is a small cone shape that points upwards to the sky and is approx. 2 to 3cm in size   Can be eaten raw, in salads, cooked, pickled, or dried.  Flavour is like capsicum, but heat is definitely not mild like capsicum with a SHU rating of anywhere between 10,000 to 30,000 depending on when you picked them

Sow seeds 6mm deep indoors in early spring or outdoors once temp reaches 18ﹾC in warm sunny position with well drained soil.  Check regularly that soil does not dry out. But it can’t be too wet either. Test with you finger in the soil.  Liquid Fertilize ever two weeks and trim back if over growing. They grow roughly to a 50cm small bush in a pot but may grow larger in the ground.


Season of InterestSpring / Summer
Temperature Range (°C)18ﹾC and above
Annual / Perennial / BiennialPerennial / Annual in colder climates
Frost Hardy / TenderTender
Full Sun / Part Sun / ShadeFull Sun
Sow Direct / Raise SeedlingsSow direct or Raise seedlings
SoilWell Drained
pH5.6 - 7.5
Soil Temperature (°C)20ﹾC
Seed PreparationSoak or freeze
Harvest Time (Days)126 to 140
Scoville Heat Units (SHU)10,000 to 30,000
Plant Height (cm)50
Sowing Depth (mm)6
Plant Spacing (cm)45 - 60
Row spacing (cm)60
WateringKeep soil moist
Germination Time (Days)7 - 21
Good Companion PlantsOnions. Leeks. Garlic. Chives. Scallions. Shallots.
Bad Companion PlantsFennel, Kohlrabi, Peas, Beans, Brassicas, Beetroot and Fruit trees
DiseasesAphids, Leaf Blight, Mites, Slugs, Thrips, Root Rot Nematodes