Heirloom Vegetable. This pepper produces long, slender, wrinkled peppers, 12 cm x 1.25 cm (5″ x 1/2″) in size on plants that grow to 75 cm (30″) in height. While the spicy, hot peppers can be harvested green, they are best left on the plant to mature to an irresistible red. They are also an excellent pepper for drying. Is your mouth watering yet? Scoville Heat Unit Rating – 4000.
Scoville Heat Units – The Scoville heat unit (SHU) rating is your guide to the perceived hotness of peppers caused by the active component capsaisin. The scale runs from about 2500 SHU for mild hot peppers to several million SHU for the extremely hot peppers.
How to Grow
160 seed/gram Sow seed indoors in early March 2 mm (1/8″) deep in a soil-less seed starting mix. Germination can take from 14 – 21 days at 22-25 C (72-77 F). Transplant seedlings at the second or third leaf stage into 7.5 cm (3″) pots. Grow under lights with warm 24 C (75 F) days and cooler 16 C (61 F) nights. Harden off seedlings then transplant out after all risk of frost has passed – this usually occurs in late May to early June. In the garden, space plants about 90 cm (36″) apart in organic, well drained soil. Full sun is essential for best results. Shelter plants from gusty winds and keep evenly watered.