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Basic Collection Information and Status
Chiltepin (Capsicum annuum glabriusculum, Solanaceae)Cultural Affiliation n/a
Collection Site Jalisco, Mexico (latitude: 19°; altitude: n/a)
Collection Year 1986
Accession Status Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
Collected by NS/S Cofounder Gary Nabhan near the Rio Purificacion in Jalisco, Mexico.
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Characterization and Evaluation
There are currently no observational data available for this accession. If you have made observations of this accession and are willing to share them, please contact us.
|Seed Saving Instructions
|The wild relative of most cultivated chiles. Native to North America, chiltepines are attractive perennial landscape plants for shady to filtered light areas in the low desert. They will freeze back in the winter. The pea-sized fruits are very hot.
|Start seeds inside, 1/4" deep in sandy soil, 8-10 weeks before last frost. Seeds are slow to germinate and need warmth. Transplant seedlings 12-16" apart. Partial shade is best in the low desert, full sun in cooler climates.
|Protect mature fruit from birds. The insect-visited flowers can self-pollinate or cross. Grow only one variety at a time, or isolate flowers. Allow fruit to ripen and mature on the plant. For best seed results, fruit should be almost dry.