Zavory Mild Habanero Pepper SEEDS (Capsicum chinense)
Our Pepper seeds are rare originals passed down over generations to be pure, Non-GMO seeds you can count on.medium; Habanero Elongated; 2 to 2.5 inches long by 1 to 1.5 inches wide; medium thick flesh; matures from green to red; pendant pods; green leaves; 18 to 24 inches tall; Late Season (80-90 days); Uses: Seasoning Pepper; these can be quite mild, or have some kick, a bit variable; C.chinense.
Enjoy the fruity aroma of a habanero with little or no heat. Dr. Paul Grun at Penn State University spent many years developing this specialty pepper. The shiny fruits turn from green to yellow, red and orange as they mature and are slightly larger, longer and smoother than an ordinary habanero. A real breakthrough, 'Zavory' is the first habanero pepper that registers a mild 100 units of heat on the 'Scoville' scale instead of the typical 30,000 units. Bite into one of the shiny, cardinal red fruits to experience the distinctive flavor that you'll miss when trying the typical hot varieties. The fruity, almost sweet flavor is finest when used raw or just heated through and makes an interesting addition to soups, salads and omelets. Also excellent pickled or brined. High-yielding plants grow 30 inches tall. Germination Info 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
How to Pick a Pepper
Harvesting sweet pepper varieties requires some finesse, as the delicate branches will break if you tug at them. Use hand pruners, scissors or a sharp knife to remove the pepper from the plant.
When harvesting hot peppers, use gloves or wash your hands immediately after picking the fruit. Do not touch your eyes or mouth after harvesting or the capsaicin oil, which is probably on your hands, will undoubtedly burn you.