Pepper 'Paper Tabasco' / Hot & spicey heritage chilli pepper / Seeds

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Pepper 'Paper Tabasco' / Hot & spicey heritage chilli pepper / Seeds

Pepper ‘Tabasco’ is a very tasty hot chilli pepper.  It is the famous ingredient of Tabasco sauce and worth growing for cooking and for the making of spicy sauces.  Plants produce clusters of peppers, ripening from green to orange to red, with the best spicey flavours in the fully red ripened fruits.  Plants grow to a manageable height of 50-70cm and grow well in the ground as well as containers.  These are medium hot chillies with a Scoville rating of 30,000 – 50,000. 


Tabasco peppers grow and ripen best in long hot summers or in a greenhouse. Plants produce ripened fruits within about 90 days (depending on the weather) and harvest from June/July to September/October.

 

Pack of 20 seeds.  Sow in spring, typically January to April.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the seed packet.

 

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Hardiness Tender perennial (a Capsicum frutescens variety)
Height 50-70cm
Spread 40-50cm
Conditions  Full sun and rich, moist, well drained soil
Sow

Sow in early spring (January to April) in a heated propagator or warm windowsill. Sow in moist seed compost and cover lightly with vermiculite or seed compost.   Keep at around 25°C and germination takes 1-3 weeks.  Transfer seedlings to pots when big enough to handle and then into the final position after the last frost.   Do not grow Chillies in the same soil one year to the next.

Grow & Harvest

Keep the plants in a warm sunny place.  Feed plants with an organic tomato feed once flowering starts.  Water regularly.  Peppers ripen from green to orange to red, to be picked from June/July onwards.   Snip the peppers from the plant with a knife or scissors.  Protect plants from aphids and spidermites.  Discard the plants at the end of the growing season or keep in a warm sunny place over winter and the plants will fruit for 3 or 4 years.