Planting & Growing Instructions for Heirloom / Open Pollinated Hot Peppers

Heirloom Hot Pepper Seed

(Capsicum annum)

Heirloom / Open Pollinated Peppers are heat loving plants that are easy to grow, and do well in a variety of climates. Start seeds indoors 8-10 wks before the last frost. Soaking Heirloom / Open Pollinated Pepper Seeds for 2-8 hrs before planting helps speed germination. Plant ¼” deep in chosen containers. Germination will occur in 8-25 days at 75-90°F. Keep soil evenly moist (not soaked) for best germination. Harden off Pepper plants, then transplant to the garden about 2-4 wks after the last frost date. Plant Heirloom / Open Pollinated Peppers in full sun, spacing about 12-18″ apart, in rows 24-30″ apart. For a more mild flavor, Heirloom / Open Pollinated Hot Peppers can be harvested once they reach full size and are still green. Although Heirloom / Open Pollinated Hot Peppers can be picked when green, their flavor and heat will increase when allowed to mature and ripen colors, especially to full maturity.
It is best to use a knife or pruning clippers when harvesting to avoid damage to Heirloom / Open Pollinated Pepper plant. Be careful not to get oils on skin, in eyes, etc. when harvesting.