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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.

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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, 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 like 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.

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. In cooler soils, germination will be erratic.

20 seeds - $3.99

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JALA­PENO GI­GANTEA 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 Gigantea' peppers filled with cream cheese.

20 seeds - $3.49

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APACHE PATIO Hot Pepper Seeds 65 days

A superb container or window box variety, Apache patio pepper 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

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BIG JIM Hot Pepper 80 days

8 in. long, 2 in. wide, thick-walled peppers, provide classic chile flavor, 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 - $1.99

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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 - $1.99

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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 - $1.99

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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

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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. Needs a long season to mature. Very prolific. Germination can be erratic, unless provided warm soil.

30 seeds - $1.99

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. 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.

25 seeds - $1.99

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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.