Here is the Candlelight Mutant Pepper, Capsicum annuum, Scoville units: 1,000 ~ 8,000 SHU. This strange an unusual variety is said to be the same as the Pimento Del Deserto or Pimento del Sahara pepper but we find that they are 2 different cultivars. The Candlelight Mutant was discovered by Rauno aKa Bluesman from Finland around 2009. We do not believe this is a mutation but a byproduct of naturalization to a desert climate where we also believe this specific plant profile originated from. It's first appearance was by Massimo Biagi (Italy) who received the seeds from a Moroccan Bedouin who lives in a desert and that is all we know at this time. Compact dwarf Lace leaf plants only getting to 6 inches tall with pods only 1 inch long. Only make a dozen pods or so with very few seeds. Open Pollinated, 75+ days.
Candlelight Mutant 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 leve