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How to plant Hot Pepper seeds

Hot peppers range from mildly zippy to truly fiery, invigorating salsas, soups, and sauces with rich, complex flavors. Use hot peppers fresh, roasted, dried, or pickled. Hot pepper plants are colorful additions to the summer garden or in containers, and thrive in the full sun.

Sweet Heat pepper seedsNew VG18155

SWEET HEAT Hot Pepper Seeds 55 days

Sugar and spice are combined in sugary 3-4 in. bells with a mildly spicy, pepperoncini-like flavor. Plants are bushy and prolific, up to 12 in. tall and 16 in. wide, and will thrive in your vegetable garden or patio containers. And Sweet Heat produces fruit faster than most peppers.

15 seeds - $3.49

Mad Hatter pepper seeds
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MAD HATTER Hot Pepper Seeds 65 to 70 days green; 85 to 90 days red.

2017 All-America Selections Winner. Mad Hatter is a member of the South American pepper species, Capsicum baccatum, which typically land very high on the Scoville scale. The Scotch bonnet shape also suggests a fruit with a hot temper. Not so! Mad Hatter fruit has refreshingly sweet citrus-like taste, occasionally with a hint of heat near the seeds. Use Mad Hatter fruits raw in salads, stuff with cheese, or make them into unusually beautiful pickles. Vigorous, branching, high yielding plants grow to 3-4 ft. tall, and benefit from being staked.

10 seeds - $3.49

Cayennetta Hybrid pepper seedsNew VG18115

CAYENNETTA HYBRID Hot Pepper Seeds 90 days

An All-America Selections Award Winner. Cayennetta Hybrid pepper delivers a generous crop of slender 4 in. brilliant red peppers that are mildly spicy (about 20,000 Scoville heat units) and perfect for drying. Tidy, rounded plants grow 10 in. high by 22 in. wide. Cayennetta tolerates more extreme heat and cold than most peppers.

10 seeds - $3.99

Aji Rico Hybrid pepper seeds
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AJI RICO HYBRID Hot Pepper Seeds 50 to 55 days green; 70 to 75 days red

An All-America Selections Award Winner. Aji Rico is an exceptionally vigorous hybrid derived from the South American species, Capsicum baccatum. Fruit grows to 3-4 in. long, and 1½ in. wide, are super crunchy eaten raw, and Aji Rico peppers dry nicely, lend a mildly spicy, citrus-like flavor to salsas. Large indeterminate plants grow 30 to 36 in. tall and spread slightly wider. Each prolific plant can produce 50-75 peppers.

10 seeds - $3.99

Pageant pepper seedsNew VG18157

PAGEANT Hot Pepper Seeds 60-65 days

Tapered 6-7 in. yellow fruits on vigorous, disease resistant, 24-30 in. hybrid plants. Pageant produces thick-walled, flavorful peppers which are delicious raw, in salsas or for fajitas.

15 seeds - $2.99

Jalafuego Jalapeño pepper seeds New VG18117

JALAFUEGO Hot Pepper Seeds 70 days

Jalafuego is one of the hottest and highest yielding jalapeño peppers. Straight, tapered fruit grows 3½-4 in. long on large and vigorous, 24-30 in. tall plants. Because yield is quite heavy, staking is recommended. Jalafuego pepper is highly resistant to disease and cracking.

20 seeds - $3.99

Ghost pepper - Bhut Jolokia
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GHOST PEPPER Hot Pepper Seeds 120 days

Ghost pepper, aka Bhut Jolokia is the first pepper to measure higher than 1 million units on the Scoville heat scale, or about 400 times hotter than a jalapeño.  An extremely spicy, thin-walled pepper that dries beautifully and ripens to a deep red.  Ridged and curvy, similar to a habanero in form, but a bit longer and more tapered. Flavor is also habanero-like in its fruitiness.

Plants will vary in height and bushiness by climate - growing from 3-5 ft. tall where best adapted. Ghost pepper needs a long, hot growing season to mature. The peppers pictured were harvested from a plant we grew in a 3 gallon container.

Use gloves and extreme caution when handling Ghost Pepper seeds and fruits. Much as with Habanero pepper seed, Ghost Pepper seeds require particularly warm soil to germinate. At 80-95°F., germination is in 12-35 days. A heat mat is required for best results. In cooler soils, germination will be erratic.

20 seeds - $3.99

Pepper Apache Patio - hot peppers VG09808

APACHE PATIO Hot Pepper Seeds 65 days

A superb container or window box pepper, Apache forms attractive 18 in. tall, heavy yielding plants that produce tasty, 2-3 in. chili peppers that ripen from green to bright red.

10 seeds - $3.49

Pepper Big Jim - hot peppers VG01109

BIG JIM Hot Pepper 80 days

Eight in. long, two in. wide thick-walled peppers provide classic chile flavor, and are only mildly hot. Big Jim is excellent fresh, roasted, or fried, is a popular choice for rellenos. The 2-3 ft. tall plants are extremely productive, and all fruit ripens at the same time. One of the best pepper varieties for freezing. Big Jim is able to set fruit under hot, dry conditions.

100 seeds - $2.49

Pepper Poblano - hot peppers VG00336

POBLANO PEPPER Hot Pepper Seeds (OP) 75 days

Elongated, deep shiny green, heart-shaped, mild-flavored with just a touch of heat, Poblanos are the perfect stuffing pepper.

When ripened to a dark crimson red and dried, Poblanos become spicier, are called 'Anchos.' Fruits range from 4 to 6 in. in length, and the productive plants grow to 30 in. tall.

40 seeds - $2.49

Pepper Cayenne Long Red Slim - hot peppers VG00145

LONG RED SLIM CAYENNE Hot Pepper Seeds (OP) 75 days

The 6 x ¾ in. red, wrinkled fruits are quite hot. Dried and crushed they are sprinkled on noodles and pizza, and used to make fiery hot sauces.

100 seeds - $2.49

Pepper Anaheim Numex Joe E. Parker - hot peppers VG00353

ANAHEIM CHILE Hot Pepper Seeds (OP) 65 days

Organically grown. This may be the best all-around mild chile. Tapered 6-7 in. fruits have thick, flavorful flesh which is delicious eaten fresh, or in salsa or fajitas. Very high yielding. An improved version of Numex 6-4.

30 seeds - $2.49

Pepper Habanero Orange - hot peppers
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HABA­NERO ORANGE Hot Pepper Seeds (OP) 90 days

Japanese lantern-shaped fruits mature to golden orange and are up to fifty times hotter than jalapenos. A great addition to salads and dips - but it should always be used with caution and handled with care. Plants are quite prolific, and fruit needs a long season to mature. Warm soil is needed for even germination.

30 seeds - $2.49

Cubanella Hybrid hot pepper VG09807

CUBANELLA HYBRID Hot Pepper Seeds 75 days

Fried, grilled or roasted, these giant 11 in. long, 2 in. wide peppers deliver exhilarating flavor with just the right balance of sweet-hot zest. An Italian type pepper that is especially popular in Caribbean and Puerto Rican cooking. Fruit ripens from green to scarlet, on vigorous, bushy, heavy bearing 30 in. plants.

20 seeds - $2.99

Pepper Early Jalapeño - organically grown hot pepper seeds VG09810

EARLY JALA­PENO Hot Pepper Seeds (OP) 60 days green, 80 days red

Organically grown. Compact 2 ft. tall plants set fruit in relatively cool conditions, making them a good choice for cold climates or earlier crops. Moderately spicy, 2 to 3 in. peppers with thick walls are great for eating fresh, grilling, or making salsa.

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Pepper Jalapeno Gigantia - hot peppers VG01143

JALA­PENO GI­GANTIA Hot Pepper Seeds 68 days

Good yields of flavorful, moderately hot, 5 in. long fruits for eating fresh, grilling, or making salsa. Large size and thick walls make this the ideal jalapeno for stuffing. We love our Jalapeno Gigantia peppers filled with cream cheese.

Mary's thoughts on spiciness: Jalapenos get spicier as they mature, and often develop corking: white or tan lines caused by tiny cracks that form in the skin. Corking is a good indication that your pepper is getting ripe. Whether it has corking or not, I find that a jalapeno is spiciest when it just starts to get an orange or red blush, but before it has turned completely red.  Why? A fully red jalapeno is sweeter, and sweet balances out heat.

20 seeds - $3.49

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How to Plant Hot Pepper Seeds

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Sow hot pepper seeds indoors in cell packs or flats, 8 weeks before the last anticipated frost. At 70-90°F., germination is in 8-25 days. When the soil has warmed to at least 60°F., transplant into the garden 18-24 in. apart.