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C. pubescens relatives

Genetically, this species has no wild form, it is however very closely related to a group of wild species including Capsicum eximium (Bolivia and northern Argentina), Capsicum cardenasii (Bolivia) and Capsicum tovarii (Peru). This may be due to the fact that this species cannot cross-pollinate with other Capsicum species, thus reducing its genetic diversity over time.” – Chile-Head

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Soil acidity/alkalinity

Soil pH should be 6.5” – Chile Pepper Institute

pH is a scale used to measure acidity or alkalinity. The scale goes from 1 to 14 with a reading of 7 indicating a neutral balance, neither being acid nor alkaline. A pH of 6.5 is just slightly on the acidic side of the scale.

This is one of those recommendations for “optimal” results. As noted in other posts, capsicum plants will grow in a variety of soils, so no point worrying excessively.

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Harvesting

A couple of tips about the picking/harvesting of chili pepper pods:

  • ChillisGalore:
    • Check your variety for the mature pod size and then as they reach full size, the pod should feel firm and look fairly glossy, if it still feels soft to the touch it is still immature.
    • Pods can be picked early but they really need to be fully developed to develop their full flavor and heat.
    • The best time to pick chilis for drying is just when they start to change color. This picking will stimulate the plant to produce more flowers and, eventually, more chilis, and the picked chilis will continue to ripen as they dry, even totally green chilis may ripen to completely red after being picked.
  • TropicalPermaculture:
    • To harvest fresh chilis cut or pull off the mature fruit while it’s still shiny and plump. If you pull it off, pull it upwards, exactly opposite to the direction in which it bends down. Then it should snap off at the joint, without breaking off the whole branch. Otherwise just snip them off.
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Chili pepper plant identification

Classification/identification/differentiation of capsicum plants can be done on the basis of the following characteristics:

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Plant parts

When reading descriptions of plant species and how to identify/classify them (such as here), it’s important to understand the terms. So, here are some common terms in picture form:

Plant parts 1

Plant parts 2

More information can be found here.

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