Chilli Kaleidoscope on first taste provides a burst of fruity flavours before some gentle warmth kicks in. At around 3000 to 5000 Scoville Heat Units, this flavourful chills originates in Peru. Grows to around 1m tall and the fruits begin green then turn to orange then red with some fruits exhibiting all these colours before finally maturing to red (hence its name).
I recommend adding some black plastic on top of the soil at planting to keep soil temperatures higher. This really helps in a cool climate.
Sow – Start on a heat mat or indoors in August, plant out after risk of frost and soils warmed (early November in cool climate). Can start earlier if planting in a hot house. Lay black plastic on ground and plant into an X cut-out if planting outside. They need consistent warmth in Tasmania.
Spacing – 50cm.
Capsicum fruits have been a part of human diets since about 7,500 BC, and are one of the oldest cultivated crops in the Americas, as origins of cultivating chili peppers are traced to east-central Mexico some 6,000 years ago. They were one of the first self-pollinating crops cultivated in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 24 to 30 C (around 10 to 20 days to germination, longer at lower temps)