Here is the Black Cobra Pepper also know as the Goat's Weed pepper, Capsicum annuum, Scoville units: 100,000+ SHU, This pepper originates from Venezuela and is a very unusual and beautiful plant with large amount of extremely hot pods, The pods grow erect on the plant and ripen from green to black to a fluorescent red. Its foliage is tight, and bears dark and mid olive green leaves with a Capsicum pubescens like silver fuzz on the stems and the under leaf. The strange thing about this pepper is its an annuum even tho it looks like a pubescens. This cultivar does like it on the wet side so water it often and its also cold hardy more then most other pepper varieties. Its appearance is striking, particularly as the green, black and red fruit are present together all year round. Very heavy producer, it should grow up to five foot high by two feet width. Open pollinated 78 days.
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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.