Here is the Big Bang Space Pepper, Hangjiao 9 (HJ9), Capsicum annuum, Scoville units: 000 to 500 SHU. Hangjiao means space pepper in Chinese and HJ stands for Hangjiao which was the space program name adopted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Their are 10 pepper varieties that were sent to space by Jiang Xingcun since 1987. This Bang Space Pepper HJ9 is the 9th in a ten pepper series and originates from china but you can say they came from space! The fruits get very long and twisted from 7 to 16 inches long. Pods start out green in color then turn red when fully ripe. Plants can get to 3 feet tall and produce lots of peppers per plant. Pods have an nice mild flavor when fresh with a very nice smooth crunchiness that is very satisfying but some peppers may be hot! These make a great fresh eating pepper with tasty an crunchy sweet to mild hot peppers! Open pollinated 70 to 100+ days.
Big Bang Space Pepper HJ9
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Peppers require a long warm season to produce fruits, taking from 58 to 100 days to mature. Although grown as an annual throughout most of the country, peppers survive as perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9b, 10 and 11. Ornamental, sweet and hot peppers all require the same conditions for germination and fruit production.
1. Start pepper seeds six to eight weeks before you plan to plant them outside. Use planting trays or pots with drainage holes and a separate water tray to allow excess moisture to drain.
2. Wash planting trays or pots with hot water and soap. Mix nine parts water with one part bleach and rinse the containers with the mixture to remove any bacteria and fungus.
3. Fill the planting container with seed starting mix. Use a packaged soilless blend or make your own using one-third peat, one-third sand and one-third vermiculite.
4. Broadcast the pepper seeds across the seed starting medium. Cover them with a light layer of the medium about twice as thick as the seed width.
5. Mist the planted container with room temperature water until the starting mix feels damp all the way through. Cover the tray or pots with a humidity dome or plastic film.
6. Place the planters in a warm location. Pepper seeds need temperatures around 70 to 80 degrees F to germinate. Use a seed starting heat mat with thermostat to ensure consistent and accurate temperatures.
7. Check the peppers daily for moisture levels and seedlings. Mist as needed to keep the soilless mix moist. Germination takes seven to 14 days for most varieties of peppers. Remove the plastic cover when seedlings appear.