Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Capsicum pubescens

Chilli Rocoto

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The Rocoto Tree Chilli also has another common name of Hotlips there is no question of the heat in these perennial chillies. The fruit matures from green to red and ranges in heat from medium hot to very hot depending on the weather. The shrub will fruit abundantly for many years. The deep rich chilli flavour is accentuated when dry roasted in a pan or directly over a flame.

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Specifications of Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Preferred Climate Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December

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Chilli - Rocoto Tree Reviews & Tips

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Mark O'Farrell
1y ago

Bunyip , VIC, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Very nice looking plant with the added bonus of lots of chillies all year round. I did have a plant die a few years ago but that's was due to severe frost.

Pauline rorke
2y ago

Moonah, Tas, Australia, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Make sambas oelek paste from these rocotto chillies

Jon pack
2y ago

Hobart tas, Tas, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Prune to shape in winter

Jill Taylor
2y ago

Hobart, Tasma, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

My bush fruits really well in Tasmania. It is planted near a brick wall sheltered from frosts. Tons of fruit!

Rob Lyon
3y ago

Coburg, VIC, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Grow from seeds took a year to fruit. Growing in a window box 5 trees and many fruits right through the winter in Melbourne. Very very hot and be careful when you are cutting them. I would suggest wearing gloves and then wash you hands vigorously.

Caroline Murtagh
4y ago

Rosny, TAS

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Grew mine from seed of fresh chilli. Took ages but I now have 2 healthy bushes with heaps of fruit

Rob R
5y ago

Roselands, NSW, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

I love this Chilli! I married into a Peruvian family and they introduced me to it. The very best chilli for many things especially Ceviche.

Anne-marie Strickland
5y ago

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

James Wong's last book (UK) has recipes specific to this chilli (possibly called Gardening Revolution?). Really looking forward to growing it.

Ian Carter
5y ago

New Plymouth Nz, TARAN

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Produces approx 10 kg per mature plant. Great pickled for hamburgers, frozen or dried and ground. In sheltered conditions fruits 10 months of the year here. The only chilli I grow now - the best!!

Highwaytraveller
★★★★ 5y ago

Glenhaven, NSW, Australia

This is a great fruiter. Bought from Daleys 4 years ago and still going. I have used seeds from the fruit and more seedlings have fruited. A fantastic fruit and heavy, heavy crop.

R Dowling
6y ago

Burnie, TAS, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Grows well in Burnie Tasmania

Anne2
6y ago

Bella Vista, NSW

Another chilli variety I am looking forward to taste.

Helen
7y ago

Waikanae, NZ

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

These chilli seeds germinate readily. I have 4 growing, the oldest of which is nearly 5 years old. I have to prune it from time to time as it gets very "leggy". A lot of friends are really shocked at the heat these puppies impart. Great sauce!

Ian Kirwan
7y ago

Emerald , VIC, Australia

Rocoto Tree Chilli

In Emerald Victoria the winter is typically long, cold and wet. However, 3 Rocotto all survived, one keeping its fruit through the entire winter. Tip; plants must be well established before planting.

MiltonT
★★★★★ 8y ago

Doncaster, Vic, Australia

Unusual plant, pretty, very fruitful, nice flavour but fairly hot, around 60,000 - 120,000 Scoville Heat Units

Sean1
★★★★★ 8y ago

Miranda, NSW, Australia

It's great to have a chilli that will last longer than 1 season. Tried a green one & it tasted a bit like petrol! Waited for a fully ripe one & it was really good. Not too hot  but great flavour & slightly sweet aftertaste - like a hot capsicum. Fanta...

Karen Salmon
9y ago

Hobart, TAS

Rocoto Tree Chilli

I would desperately love some recipes for these bad boys... I have 4 "trees" that are about 6 feet tall each.. and covered with flowers and chillies and no idea how to use them

ManishU
★★★ 9y ago

SPRINGFIELD LAKES, QLD, Australia

Update 06-Dec-2011:Tree doing really well and producing lotsa chillies :) New pic attached. The chillies are not very hot though.Update 30-Sep-2011:The tree is doing well after planting it in the ground since i last posted about the aphids problem.Love...

Mandy Thorburn
10y ago

Whangarei, NZ

Rocoto Tree Chilli

I have a Rocotto growing in a glasshouse with a lot of ventilation ie,broken panels it is 6 years old and 6'high by 6'wide kgs of big fruit on all year,chilli chutney is awsome

Fay1
★★★ 10y ago

Grenfell, NSW, Australia

My Rocoto Tree fruited.  See the green chillies in the picture.  But it fruited too late & I did not get a chance to use them.  It has lost its leaves now and I am worried about the frost. I have it in the carport, but will have to put something aro...

linnie
★★★★ 10y ago

CAWONGLA, NT, Australia

Have had this plant, or its descendents, for quite a few years. The first one died back after fruiting well, and I'm not sure if it was just past its prime or if wet, dry, cold conditions damaged it, but fruit that fell off into it's pot self-seeded.

Luke
★★★★★ 10y ago

Clemton Park, NSW, Australia

this lovely cold climate chilli from the andes in Peru is a real hot devil with large fruits the size of a small lime, the best time to harvest is from winter to spring through to the end of spring as the fruit will get mushy in hot weather

Leum
★★★★★ 11y ago

Warrandyte, VIC, Australia

The Rocoto chilli was only 10cm tall when I gaveit to a friend of mine for Christmas. As the picture shows, it hasgrown amazingly well in a raised garden bed next to a fence, over aMelbourne winter and with very little care.

white4350
11y ago

West Ryde, NSW, Australia

This cheerful shrub grows rapidly and responds to TLC but do not over-fertilise as with all capsicums / chilis. This produces all leaf and no fruit. The fruit is a good, medium hot, fleshy chili. Good for drying and powdering, or blending with vinegar,...

Chris3
★★★★ 11y ago

Elrington, NSW, Australia

Only planted this year.  So far 3 chillies still green.

Mel1
★★★★ 11y ago

BOLWARRA HEIGHTS, NSW, Australia

Beautiful plant.  Very easy to care for and the chillies are amazing.  Quite hot with a fantastic flavour.  Strongly suggest using gloves when harvesting and using them though. I made the mistake of rubbing my face only once!

Gina
11y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Rocoto Tree Chilli

I have different ROCOTO Chilli trees, and all different colours!! they are sure nasty HOT thing... I love it!! i can make beautifull food with it and they are from the inka city-PERU

Lolita
11y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Rocoto Tree Chilli

Rocoto is from Peru South America... and if you like it Hot... best way to kill your tastebubs!! enjoy

Kevin Forbes
11y ago

Werribee, VIC, Australia

Rocoto Tree Chilli

Mine is now 4 years old and is riddled with tiny purple bell flowers and developing green fruits, which will turn nearly black then red. I live just west of Melbourne, my plant is over 2m high and 3m wide, the parent plant is 2m x 5m. Seed germination 95%

Marek - Calus
11y ago

Tuszyn - Poland, PL

Rocoto Tree Chilli

I grow my Rocoto in Poland. It's the best variety in my collection. I have about 15 varieties. Marek

Andy Greenwood
11y ago

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Rocoto Tree Chilli

I simply plugged a seed into the ground during a Melbourne Autumn. Covered it with a plastic bottle shroud and it just grew... Right through winter!

S. Heinze
12y ago

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Rocoto Tree Chilli

Has just fruited right through a Melbourne Winter. Amazingly productive and rewarding plant

Stefan
12y ago

Melbourne Vic, VIC, Australia

Rocoto Tree Chilli

Grows and fruits well in Melbourne. Fruit extra hot

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