Here is the Black Tepin Pepper, Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum, Scoville units: 5000 to 15,000 +/- SHU. The Black Tepin Pepper originates from Arizona USA and is also known as Li Black Pepper named after Li from China. This small pea sized pepper variety has a small berry type fruits getting to 1/4 inch round and turns from black to red skin when fully ripe. Berries stay on the plant long after ripening and may even dry on the plant. Plants can get to 3+ feet tall and tend to be a bushy and wide plants pitch black branches an leaves but if pruned they tend to stay smaller. Pods have a very hot wild bird pepper flavor with a very nice fiery burn that is very satisfying but some peppers may be very hot! These go great in salads and rice & beans! We found this to be a very productive tepin variety and easy to grow in northern climates. Usually fruits first year but sometimes it don't so you need to over winter. Plants can live for many years in pots and tend to stay around 18 tall and ornate. VERY RARE! A must grow for any collector! Open pollinated, wild, Mid to late season, black to red, perennial, Easy grow, 75 to 100+ days to overwinter for many years. LOT# 2 R10 TAG# 251-2022
Black Tepin Pepper
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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.