The Brazilian Starfish chilli, also known as Capsicum baccatum ‘Brazilian Starfish’, is a unique and vibrant cultivar originating from South America. It stands out due to its distinct star-like shape, resembling a starfish when fully grown. The peppers are typically bright red or orange, with a wrinkled texture and a spicy heat level ranging from moderate to hot, depending on the growing conditions.

To grow Brazilian Starfish chilli from seed start indoors around early spring (September to October). Use a well-draining seed-raising mix and sow the seeds about 5 mm deep. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Germination usually takes around 1-2 weeks, depending on temperature and soil conditions.

Once the seedlings have developed their first true leaves, transplant them into larger pots or directly into the garden bed. Choose a sunny spot with at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily. In terms of spacing, allow about 30-45 cm between plants to ensure they have ample room to grow.

Brazilian Starfish chillies thrive in warm conditions, ideally between 20-30°C. During the growing season, maintain soil moisture by watering regularly, especially during dry spells. However, avoid over watering to prevent root rot.

Fertilize the plants every 4-6 weeks with a balanced organic fertilizer, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Mulching around the base of the plants can help retain moisture and suppress weeds.

As the chillies mature, they will change from green to vibrant red or orange. Harvest them when they reach full color and firmness, using scissors or pruning shears to cut them from the plant to avoid damaging the stems.

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