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

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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Chilli - Rocoto Tree Reviews & Tips

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Llew Stephens
★★★★★ 7months ago

Glen Waverley, Victoria, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Excellent yields. I have been supplying the neighbours over winter. Snails like climbing up the branches and ringbarking new shoots. Facing north against a wooden fence. Glove wearing when dicing is a good idea because there is plenty of juice

Mark O'Farrell
3y 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
3y ago

Moonah, Tas, Australia, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Make sambas oelek paste from these rocotto chillies

Jon pack
3y ago

Hobart tas, Tas, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Prune to shape in winter

Jill Taylor
3y 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
4y 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
6y 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
6y 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
6y 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
7y 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!!

★★★★ 7y 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
8y ago

Burnie, TAS, Australia

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

Grows well in Burnie Tasmania

8y ago

Bella Vista, NSW

Another chilli variety I am looking forward to taste.

9y 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
9y 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.

★★★★★ 10y ago

Doncaster, Vic, Australia

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

★★★★★ 10y 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
11y 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

★★★ 11y ago


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
11y 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

★★★ 11y 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...

★★★★ 12y ago

CAWONGLA, NSW, 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.

★★★★★ 12y 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

★★★★★ 12y 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.

12y 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,...

★★★★ 12y ago

Elrington, NSW, Australia

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

★★★★ 12y ago


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!

13y 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

13y 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
13y 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
13y 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
13y 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
13y ago

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Rocoto Tree Chilli

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

13y ago

Melbourne Vic, VIC, Australia

Rocoto Tree Chilli

Grows and fruits well in Melbourne. Fruit extra hot

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