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Here is the Hardy Chili Pepper, Capsicum flexuosum, Scoville Units: 8,000 SHU. This pepper originates from the southern regions of Brazil and is more of a tree then a plant and can reach 10 feet tall. This species is cold hardy down to temperatures as cold as 15 degrees F. It is also a black seed variety with very tiny seeds. The fruits range around .5 inches in size and are red or orange at times. They can be very heavy producers well over 100 pods per plant. This is among some of the difficult to start from seed, some seed can pop up as long as a year later! We are offering both seed and cuttings. There are several variations of capsicum flexuosum, this is just one, the 2n = 24 chromosomes strain. These peppers are mild in heat but can be quite hot and varies from pepper to pepper. We will update this listing once seeds become available in the fall. Open pollinated up to 130 days to sprout.

Hardy Chili Pepper, Capsicum flexuosum

SKU: 8243-5
  • Quantity

    5 seeds


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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.


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