Hot Chilli Pepper Chiltepin

One of the oldest known varieties which still grows wild in Mexico and the original wild chilli parenting almost all of todays domesticated chillies.

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Hot Chilli Pepper Chiltepin

Hot Chilli Pepper Chiltepin. One of the oldest known varieties which still grows wild in Mexico and the original wild chilli parenting almost all of today’s domesticated chillies.  The small round ½” very hot fruits are produced in abundance maturing to a vivid red and resembling light on a Xmas tree.  The heat is intense, considered “arrebatado” which means “rapid” or “violent” because the intense heat is not long lasting. Unlike many chile peppers that have a slower and more enduring effect. The plants are strong growers but will become tall and spindly if not pinching out to encourage a bush structure.

The variety is one of the hardest to germinate as it usually passes through a Birds digestive system first and cultivating takes considerable time.  Do not expect high germination rates, although the higher the soil temperature achieved the better the success rate.  It will potentially crop lightly in the first year but is always best over-wintered in a warm frost free environment if possible, upon which the crop in the second year will be tremendous.

Cultivation Advice Hot Chilli Pepper Chiltepin

Days to Germination: 10-21

Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination: 75F+

Planting Depth: 1/4in

Spacing, Plant: 24 inches

Light: Greenhouse / Conservatory

  • This variety is best for the experienced growers only and requires patience.
  • Sow seeds 1/4″ deep in 3in pots with quality soil based seed compost with high grit content.
  • Keep moist.  Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days at 75degrees F+.
  • Temperature is critical for germination.
  • Transplant to individual containers when seedlings have at least two pairs of leaves.
  • When 4-5 inches plant 18″ apart in greenhouse /
  • conservatory with root ball 1/2″ below the soil surface.
  • Keep moist and feed when flowering with tomato type fertiliser.
  • Harvest when fruits have reached full-size and full colour.