Our Hot Pepper Collection includes the following:
- Hungarian Hot Wax Organic
This is what I found as growing instructions for peppers in general:
- Peppers require a long, warm growing season.
- Seed should be started indoors in March or 8 weeks prior to transplanting.
- To start seed indoors, sow 2-3 seeds ¼” deep, into 1×1″ cells and provide constant moisture and a soil temperature of 26-29°C (80-85°F).
- After germination (1-2 weeks), thin seedlings to one per cell.
- Once seedlings develop 2-3 true leaves, transplant into larger containers, 2×2″ or 3×3″.
- At transplanting time, set transplants 18″ apart in rows 30″ apart.
- Sheltered, full sun area with a soil pH of 6.0-6.8.
- Peppers are moderate feeders and require plenty of compost and well rotted manure mixed into the soil prior to planting.
- Fertilize sparingly until plants start to set fruit. Too much nitrogen causes an excess of foliage and dropping of flower buds.
- Provide even moisture, particularly during flowering and fruit set.
- Use black plastic or paper mulch to attract heat, hold water and prevent weeds.
- Begin harvest when peppers reach a useable size. Cut rather than pull from branch.
- – Blossoms will drop when temperature falls below 60°F (15°C) or goes above 80°F (27°C).
- Blossom End Rot Fruits blacken and decay at the blossom end due to a calcium deficiency.
- Poor Fruit Set usually due to cold weather.
- Excessive nitrogen fertilizer during early growth may also delay fruit set.
Pests & Disease
- Aphids small pear-shaped soft-bodied insects, green, red or black in colour.
- Aphids feed by sucking plant sap which causes curled, stunted leaves and shoots and reduces plant vigour.
- Spray plants with an insecticidal soap.