Chilli - Costa Rica Orange - C.Frutescens (seeds)
Chilli - Costa Rica Orange - C.Frutescens (seeds)
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Chilli - Costa Rica Orange - C.Frutescens (seeds)

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C. FRUTESCENS

This compact little chilli plant stands out with the black foliage and orange pods. The leaves start green and then turn black and it has gorgeous purple flowers.

It is easy to grow in a pot and is therefore an excellent chilli plant for a terrace or a balcony. 

The shiny black fruits mature to a warm orange colour and they have a great burn. 

Flavour: It has both a light sweet and salty flavour.

Heat level: A slow builder and get to an upper mid heat.

5 seeds per packet

 

GERMINATION ADVICE

Spring is the best time to plant your seeds. 

Different germination methods: you can use pots or multi-cell seed trays. Seeds may germinate faster if you plant 3-4 together. Make 3-4 holes in the soil and put one seed in each hole. 

It is important to keep the seed medium moist during the germination. A small mister (such as a spray bottle) is better to use rather than pouring water over them.  Germination time can be between 3 to 5 weeks

Transplant: When the seedlings have two sets of leaves you can transplant them into larger pots or into the ground. You can let them grow bigger if you like without any problems. If you have 3-4 seedlings in one pot, separate gently. Keep them in shade for some days after the transplant.

Don’t use fertilizer before you have transplanted your seedlings as it may burn them. Chillies need fertilizer about once a month (in pots once a fortnight). We use Rooster Booster, a slow releasing fertilizer or Seasol, but you can use a fertilizer labelled for fruits and vegetables. Too much fertilizer can burn plant roots.

Watering: Take care that your chillies do not dry out; give them a bit of water every day if the weather is particularly hot.