Chenzo' Pepper SEEDS (Capsicum frutescens)
Our Pepper seeds are rare originals passed down over generations to be pure, Non-GMO seeds you can count on.
Cold tolerant and well suited to containers, or window boxes, ‘Chenzo’ forms an orderly, dome shape dripping of tiny black fruits that mature to a dazzling red. A great addition to a patio or deck, the spicy fruit are produced over a long season for use in fresh chili, salsa or for drying. The Scoville rating of these peppers ranks higher than the Jalapeno at 45,000 units.
Excellent for flavoring a variety of dishes. Perfect for adding a zesty kick to sauces or Mexican cuisine. Preserve by canning, drying, or freezing.Start seeds in small containers from 8-10 weeks prior to the last frost date. Plant seeds approximately 1/4-1/2" deep in moist, well drained potting soil. Most standard soil mixes are suitable for pepper seeds. Soil temperature must be kept at 75-90F for proper germination. Cool soil, particularly at night can inhibit or significantly delay germination. To keep soil temperature warm, start seeds indoors, in a greenhouse and/or use a seed starting heat mat. Keep soil moderately moist, though not overly, dripping wet. Water soil when the soil surface just begins to dry. Allow proper air circulation for containers.
Optionally, seeds can be dipped in a dilute hydrogen peroxide mix (1 tsp hydrogen peroxide per cup water) for one minute to disinfect seeds prior to planting. If your soil or seed setup is susceptible to mold growth this can be useful to kill mold spores.
Once seedlings have sprouted, keep in small containers until a few sets of leaves have developed. Transplant to larger containers or outdoors. If transplanting outdoors, make sure to harden off seedlings by exposing them to only filtered sunlight for up to 1-2 weeks. Thin plants to 3-4 ft and rows to 6-10 ft.
Estimated germination time under optimal conditions: 4-10 weeks