Plant Care Capsicum Frutescens

Capsicum Frutescens

About Capsicum Frutescens

Tabasco Pepper is a multi-branched erect annual or perennial plant that grows in the form of a shrub. The plant is native to Bolivia and West Central Brazil. It was cultivated as a condiment or used in the treatment of some medical disorders since 1200 BC. Tabasco Peppers are rich in vitamins A and C. They are not drought tolerant and need consistent moisture levels.


Capsicum frutescens

Also known as

Tabasco Pepper, Tabasco Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, chilli and Red Chilli Pepper

How to care for Capsicum Frutescens


How often to water your Capsicum Frutescens

Water needs for Capsicum Frutescens
0.5 cups
every 9

Capsicum Frutescens needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Capsicum Frutescens

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Tabasco Pepper in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Capsicum Frutescens: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Capsicum Frutescens love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Capsicum Frutescens does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Capsicum Frutescens

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Capsicum Frutescens: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Capsicum Frutescens after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Capsicum Frutescens is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Capsicum Frutescens

Capsicum Frutescens

Capsicum Frutescens

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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