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Growing Hot Peppers is very similar to growing Sweet Peppers and Tomatoes. For best results it is advised to grow the crop indoors with heat. This means that crops can be grown all year round with the correct temperatures.
Plants reach 2-3ft tall and 1ft across, huge meaty fruits 8-10ins long and 2+ins wide (up to 12ins long have been recorded). Picked green through to red when ripe they are ideal for rosating, sauces and suffing. up to 30 pods can grow on a single plant. Medium to Hot, over 80 days to plant maturity. 500 to 2,000 SHU. High yielding.
Sowing & Growing
Sow early December-January, or for main crop March- April.
Sow the seed into compost either into a seed tray or into modules with a temperature between 20-24oC and cover with a light layer of compost. Germination typically takes 14 - 21 days. Cover the compost with clear plastic film which helps raise the temperature aiding germination.
Once seedlings emerge they do not require quite as much heat, temperatures can be reduced to 18oC by day and no lower than 16oC at night.
It is best to re-pot in stages before their final pot size. Once in final pot size plants may need staking for support. Water regularly but be careful not to over water, surface of compost can be allowed to dry out slightly between watering.
Please note that germination can be slow and erratic on some open pollinated hot peppers.
Hot peppers can be harvested from green or once ripened into yellow, orange or red. A Hot Pepper?s heat usually intensifies with maturity. Once ripe fruits can remain on plant in good condition until temperatures begin to drop.