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Here is the Cascabel Pepper, Capsicum annuum, Scoville units: 100 to 3,000 SHU. It is also known as the rattle chili as the seeds rattle inside a dried cascabel when shaken which is one of the few chilies that don't flatten when they dry. When dried it is referred to as (bola chili or chile bola) but not the same as the Bola pepper from Europe. This pepper originates from Mexico but widely used throughout central and south America. The fruits get to around 2.5 inches round and smooth skinned. Pods start out green in color then turn to mahogany red and brown in color when fully ripe. Plants can get to 3 feet tall and produce 2 dozen or more pods 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 roasting pepper but are traditionally dry in many Latin american countries!  Open pollinated 80 to 100+ days.

Cascabel Pepper

SKU: 8262-10
  • Quantity

    10 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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