Our dear friend Dan in Montreal loves growing these peppers! We now love growing them in the Finger Lakes, as well. And Friends, they’re gorgeous. Each plant has variegated green and yellow foliage tinged with violet with dozens of brilliantly-hued and righteously spicy peppers that start out purple when the fruit are unripe. With ten times the heat of a jalapeno on the Scoville Scale, Chinese Five-Color is perhaps boring for the serious heat freaks but plenty to work with for the rest of us.
At Fruition, we sow peppers in soil blocks indoors 2 months before final frost, early April for us here in Zone 5, germinating them on heat mats with ease. Good light is essential: Younger, less stressed seedlings are healthier and more abundant than older, more stressed seedlings.
|20 Seeds||$4.45||In stock|
|40 Seeds||$7.55||In stock|
|80 Seeds||$14.25||In stock|
Planting Method: Transplant Only
When to sow: 8-10 weeks before last frost
Seed Depth: 1/4 inch Days to Germination: 7-10 at 85°F
Sowing and seedling care: Sow indoors 2 seeds per soil block & thin to strongest 1. 80F heat mats will germinate seeds best; after germ, set to 70F days & 60F nights. Good light is essential: Younger, less stressed seedlings are healthier and more abundant than older, more stressed seedlings.
Move to 3-4” pots with first true leaves. Harden off (reduce water & temp 3-7 days) & transplant when night temps are above 50F. Pluck off any flowers at planting.
When to transplant: After last frost
Transplant Spacing: 12-18 inches Sun Needs: Full
Days to Harvest: 68 days to “green” (purple!), 82 days to rainbow fruit