Yellow Costeno Seeds (Capsicum annuum) Perfect for drying
A small native of Mexico like many other hot peppers. It is perfect for use raw in salads or cooked in soups as it is not very hot and has a nice citrus flavor. Its fine yellow flesh is easy to dry and thus used in Mexico to prepare the famous "mole amarillo"Costeno is very hard to find hot chile from the Oaxaca region. It produces chile pods that mature from green to bright red that are about 3.5" long by .75" wide at the shoulder. The flesh is thin and perfect for drying. It is often used in Mexican dishes to make red sauces. The plant grows between 18" and 24 inches tall.
Costeno Chiles are part of the same family as the Guajillo chiles. They are great in in salsas, sauces and soups. It's heat is 7,000-10,000 SHU.
Sow seeds indoors Â¼" deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until soil is warm.
Pepper varieties come from tropical humid regions. The temperature, moisture, and air circulation all play a role in growing plants from seeds. Too little heat, too much moisture, and lack of air circulation will cause poor results. Do not use jiffy peat pots, plugs, or potting soil as the soil becomes too dry or too wet, which can lead to disease and fungus. We have experienced disease and low germination when using these types of products. Use Organic Seed Starting Material for best germination results.
Peppers, like tomatoes, grow in well-drained fertile soil. Almost all peppers have the same requirements for successful growth. Plant them in good, well-drained, fertile soil â and make sure they get lots of sunlight and a good inch of water per week. In many ways, they mimic the same requirements needed for growing great tomatoes.
At Planting Time:
We plant all of our peppers with a good shovel full of compost in the planting hole, and then give them a good dose of compost tea every few weeks for the first 6 weeks of growth. We also mulch around each of our pepper plants with a good 1 to 2â³ thick layer of compost.
Peppers often like to take their sweet time germinating. They can be up in a week, and some will take almost a month. Even with paper towel germination testing, they can take long. I am not sure why, but it is a normal occurrence. So plan and make sure you start them early enough! Also, remember they like heat to germinate so make sure you have a heating mat or something to keep the soil warm. Placing them up on top of the fridge often works too since it is normally warmer up there.
Peppers do very well grown in pots.
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