Red Rocoto Pepper - Capsicum pubescens
Also know as Locoto or Manzano. Delicious hot peppers native to Peru and Bolivia, with a unique and satisfying taste.
These hardy pepper plants will grow for years if protected from heavy frost and freezing. Can withstand some frost but will die back.
Has beautiful, very ornamental purple flowers and black seeds.
Produces an abundance of peppers, especially in second year and beyond.
Seeds can be hard to germinate, keep them over 75 degrees F. Plants will then do great in cooler climates. Keep fruit on plant until you are ready to use.
- Annual | Perennial
- Sun: Full
- Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: No
- Seed Count: 15
- Days to Maturity: 100 - 120
- Plant Size: 2' - 8'
Seeds should be planted indoors and kept in a dome with a heated mat for 4-8 weeks.
It is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted in the ground. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and prevent soil from drying out. Make sure they have not blown over