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CHILLI - ROCOTO TREE

Chilli RocotoBotanical Name: Capsicum pubescens
Description

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.

Other Names: Chili
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Plant Information or Specifications

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Spices (#Spices)

Preferred Climate

Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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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

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

First Year

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December

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Rocoto Tree Chilli

Grows and fruits well in Melbourne. Fruit extra hot | Stefan - Melbourne Vic, VIC 19-May-2008

Rocoto Tree Chilli

Has just fruited right through a Melbourne Winter. Amazingly productive and rewarding plant | S. Heinze - Melbourne, VIC 14-Sep-2008

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! | Andy Greenwood - Melbourne, VIC 21-Oct-2008

Rocoto Tree Chilli

I grow my Rocoto in Poland. It's the best variety in my collection. I have about 15 varieties. Marek | Marek - Calus - Tuszyn - Poland, PL 10-Dec-2008

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% | Kevin Forbes - Werribee, VIC 14-Jan-2009

Rocoto Tree Chilli

Rocoto is from Peru South America... and if you like it Hot... best way to kill your tastebubs!! enjoy | Lolita - Sydney, NSW 05-Apr-2009

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 | Gina - Sydney, NSW 07-Apr-2009

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 | Mandy Thorburn - Whangarei, NZ 19-Sep-2010

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 | Karen Salmon - Hobart, TAS 25-Apr-2011

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. | Ian Kirwan - Emerald , VIC 31-Oct-2012

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! | Helen - Waikanae, NZ 28-Apr-2013

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Grows well in Burnie Tasmania | R Dowling - Burnie, TAS 14-Apr-2014

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!! | Ian Carter - New Plymouth Nz, TARAN 25-Mar-2015

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. | Anne-marie Strickland - Melbourne, VIC 28-Aug-2015

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. | Rob R - Roselands, NSW 07-Sep-2015

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Grew mine from seed of fresh chilli. Took ages but I now have 2 healthy bushes with heaps of fruit | Caroline Murtagh - Rosny, TAS 07-Mar-2016

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. | Rob Lyon - Coburg, VIC 05-Aug-2017
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Chilli - Rocoto Tree

K1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2989 days 6hrs

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Not a chance with the possums they have a radar for this plant


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree 9/10

Mel1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2991 days 1hrs

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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!

Fruiting Months January, February, March, November, December

Planted: 2007

Height 1.5 metres

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 4 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree (Seedling) 10/10

Luke's Edible Fruits
Update: 1788 days 22hrs

Comments: - 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

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Height 2 metres

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Amgrow Harvest

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control: eco nature for fruit flies,Attention this product is a waste of money and time next year i will be using Rogor

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree (Seedling) 10/10

Sean1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2063 days 17hrs

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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. Fantastic chilli as it doesn't overpower other flavours in your cooking. Very happy with this plant & it's extremely productive.

Fruiting Months January, February, December

Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 1 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: seasol, dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

none needed so far

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree 8/10

Chris3's Edible Fruits
Update: 2988 days 7hrs

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

Fruiting Months April, May, June

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Cow

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

Sticky traps.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree (Seedling) 3/10

White4350's Edible Fruits
Update: 2985 days 0hrs

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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, salt and oil, for a great chili paste. Easy propagation by seed which is black.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, November, December

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 60 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting, Autumn, Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: dynamic lifter, compost

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Pest Control:

Needs the ocassional spray for caterpillers. Bunnings 3 in one whenever necessary. Fruit fly can infect it, so, be on guard.

Organic Status:Pesticides Used


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree 10/10

Leum's Edible Fruits
Update: 2979 days 5hrs

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


Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree 6/10

ManishU's Edible Fruits
Update: 2141 days 6hrs

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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 the idea of having a chilli tree !!!

The leaves of my chilli plants are curling from the day i received this from Daleys. Not sure what the problem is. Another chilli plant close to it is also having the same problem.

Searched the internet for clues and it seems it a viral disease propagated through the seed OR caused by aphids. I have a few more chilli plants close by but they seem to be doing alright.

Can i save my chilli tree ?

Fruiting Months December

Planted: 2010

Height 0.25 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree (Seedling)

Sony's Edible Fruits
Update: 2051 days 10hrs

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CHILLIES ARE SO PROLIFIC FOR SO LITTLE EFFORT. I'M A CHILLI LOVER AND ROCOTOS ARE MY FAVORITE.

I PLANTED SPEARMINT UNDERNEATH AND THIS KEEPS THE BUGS BUSY...THEY EAT MINT LIKE CRAZY SO IT DOES NOT TAKES OVER MY GARDEN KEEPING THE CHILLIES SAFE. I LOSE ABOUT 10% OF FRUIT THIS WAY BUT THERE'S NO NEED TO SPRAY. IT'S AMAZING HOW THESE BUGS DON'T BURN WITH THE HEAT.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, November, December

Planted: 2009

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 7 Months From Seed

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 50% in After Fruiting, Autumn, Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: SEASOL

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Pest Control:

NONE

Organic Status:Organic


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree (Seedling) 10/10

MiltonT's Edible Fruits
Update: 2073 days 9hrs

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

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 2 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pruned By: 90% in After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree 7/10

Fay1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2613 days 9hrs

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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 around it.

2010 - The frost got it last winter, so sad.

Planted: 2009

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 4 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree (Seedling) 9/10

Highwaytraveller's Edible Fruits
Update: 1073 days 18hrs

Comments: - 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.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 6

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 50% in After Fruiting

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree 8/10

Linnie's Edible Fruits
Update: 2754 days 23hrs

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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.

Planted: 2006

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Serendipity's Edible Fruits
Update: 2913 days 4hrs

Comments: - growing well but Possum eats branches and tries the odd chilli. Fruit fly also love it, but luckily it fruits through out the year, in and out fruit fly season. Grows with some shelter from passionfruit vine, but has grown up and through.

Fruiting Months February, March, April, September, October, November

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 3 Months from Purchase in Pot

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: manure

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control: Most effective again fruit fly are exclusion bags. Also use eco-lure and male fruitfly bait traps


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Fred1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2797 days 6hrs

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This plant is 'as tough as old boots' - looks after itself.  About 9 out of 10 on the 'hot' scale

Planted: 2007

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from Seed


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree 1/10

Anne2's Edible Fruits
Update: 1451 days 6hrs

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Another chilli variety I am looking forward to taste.

Fruiting Months October

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Trisha's Edible Fruits
Update: 2988 days 11hrs

Comments: -

don't know


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Kath's Edible Fruits
Update:  

Comments: - Bulldozed in the name of progress.


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