Copy of AJI NORTENO PEPPER SEEDS ,(Capsicum baccatum) Medium hot
Aji Norteno is a Capsicum Baccatum from Peru. The name Aji Norteno means “Northern Aji”. It got this name, because it’s very popular in the northern coastal valleys of Peru. The plant grows to over 2 metre in a pot and imagine how big it will be, if you plant it in the ground. It’s an amazing producer of 3 to 4 inch long pendant pods. The pods are fairly thin walled and mature from yellow to red and also orange.
The Vir and Lambayeque valleys in Peru are the main production areas for this variety. People from Northern pledge that the Aji Norteno has a “better northern taste.” Commonly eaten fresh with seafood, but it would be great in salads and if you aren’t into insane heat, this would be a great choice.
Mix equal parts potting soil, compost, perlite and sphagnum moss. Fill a 12-inch pot 3/4 full with the mixture. The pot should have adequate drainage. Start seeds two months before the planting season. Sow seeds on the surface and cover with a sprinkling of soil. Cover the seeds with plastic and keep them in a south-facing window. Mist the soil to keep it moist.
Plant seedlings in time to put them out after the last frost. When planting seedlings, place the plant in the center of the pot and cover the roots with soil. Water thoroughly and add more soil if necessary.
Place the potted pepper in full sun. Set a small tomato cage -- 2 to 3 feet high -- over the pot to support the plant as it grows. Water the pepper daily if necessary to keep the soil moist.
Fertilize every two weeks with half-strength liquid tomato fertilizer beginning when blooms appear.
Harvest the peppers as soon as they ripen to keep the plant producing. Once the pepper turns dark orange or red it is ripe. Cut the pepper from the plant just above the fruit. Peppers left on the plant too long will develop a hotter flavor.
Overwinter the plants for the next year. In the fall when the leaves begin to drop, cut the plant back to 3 or 4 inches above the soil line. Place the container in a cool, dark room and leave it until the spring, after frost danger has passed.