Capsicum frutescens

Chilli Pepper is widely known primarily as a food plant, but it can also be a very decorative house plant. There are approximately 30 species of Capsicum, all native to America. They were introduced into Europe in the 16th century by the Spaniards. Chilli Pepper is a low-growing shrub about 30 cm (12 inch) high, with small, pointed leaves. The flowerhead is circular and coloured white or faintly tinged with yellow. The fruit is globose or pointed and very hot and pungent.

To ensure lots of flowers and fruit that will remain on the plant as attractive ornaments for a long time provide plenty of light and air. The temperature need not be high; a maximum of 20° C (68° F) in summer and 12°-15°C (54°-59°F) in winter. Water liberally. Inadequate watering causes the flowers to drop and the fruits to wither. Feed weekly with compound fertilizer. It is usually grown as an annual. Propagate by sowing seed in February. The seedlings require plenty of light.

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