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Acapulco™ Multicolor Ornamental Pepper

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 6 Inches
  • Mature Spread 6 - 8 Inches
  • Growing Zones 10 - 11
  • Use As A Filler In Containers

Add a little spice to your late summer containers and planters with Acapulco™  Multicolored Ornamental Peppers. A rainbow of striking peppers covers this tender perennial for many weeks in late summer, just when other summer annuals may be reaching the end of their journey. The upright-growing peppers are easy to see amongst the dense foliage, allowing this plant to be either a thriller or filler in deck and patio planters. Although ornamental peppers are edible, the flavor of Acapulco™  Multicolored is flat with minimal spiciness. The fruits are great for use in flower arrangements or drying for indoor arrangements throughout the winter.

Capsicum annuum ‘Acapulco™ Multicolor’ has an ultra-compact shape, perfect for growing in containers to decorate hot sunny decks, patios, or balconies. Use it as a filler plant to replace tired early summer annuals in baskets and planters, or grow it on its own as a houseplant that can be grown outdoors during the summer. Ornamental peppers are hybrid cultivars. 

Acapulco™ Multicolor Ornamental Pepper Care

Acapulco™ Multicolor Ornamental Pepper grows best in a container or hanging basket where it will receive consistent watering and full sun. Bring your plant outdoors for the summer after the nighttime temperatures consistently reach 50 degrees F or higher. Ornamental peppers do not tolerate even light frosts. Plants also need to be brought indoors in the late summer when the nighttime temperatures begin to fall below 55 degrees F. 

Use a peat-free potting mix and a container with excellent drainage when potting up your ornamental pepper. Apply a diluted liquid fertilizer every 2-3 weeks to support continued blooming and fruiting. A formula for tomato plants is ideal and will contain the correct ratio of nutrients to support both root development and heavy flowering. Look for NPK numbers similar to 1-3-1. 

Ornamental peppers make great short-term houseplants (often only growing for 1-2 years) to brighten up your house during the long months of winter. Place the pot in direct sun for continued flowers and fruit development. A south-facing window is ideal, although a southwest or west-facing window is acceptable. Water when the top 1-2 inches of potting mix are dry to the touch. Stop fertilizing once the plant is brought indoors, and resume feeding when new growth appears in the spring. Remove yellowed or brown foliage and any pepper fruits as they die back. This not only keeps the plant looking neat, but it will stimulate more growth.

Acapulco™ Multicolor Ornamental Pepper Spacing

Acapulco™ Multicolor Ornamental Pepper stays compact and does not grow larger than 6-8 inches tall or wide. Plants require a pot with at least a 6-inch diameter when grown alone. Add 3 plants to a 10-inch hanging basket or large planter.

Acapulco™ Multicolor Ornamental Pepper Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 10 - 11
Plant Type: Annuals
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 6 Inches
Mature Spread: 6 - 8 Inches
Spacing: 6 - 8 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow
Flower Description: Multicolored shades
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green Shades
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: N/A
Attracts: N/A
Container Role: Filler
Uses: Containers
Features: N/A
Common Name: Acapulco Multicolor Ornamental Pepper
Other Name(s): Christmas Pepper
Scientific Name: Capsicum annuum Acapulco™ Multicolor

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts always guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy & healthy. However, plant(s) are being shipped through the mail & sometimes accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped, just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note, plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly. 

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty, whether you're a new gardener or an expert. There are many variables outside of anyone's control that can cause a plant to die. Hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, diseases & pests are all good examples of what can cause plants to die. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all of the unknowns and will replace your plant if something were to happen to it.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant(s). We will cover 100% of the price of the plant, but the warranty does not cover shipping costs. SImply let us know if your plant has died within 1 year of receiving it and we will get you a new one shipped out as soon as possible (depending on the time of the year and availability). We may ask for photos for documentation purposes, but we try to make the process as easy as possible.

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Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


Get your order in early to reserve your plants for Spring planting!

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations