Big Jim Pepper

The Big Jim Pepper is a new longest New Mexico chili, a variety of Capsicum annuum with a mild Scoville rating. The size reaches 10″, smooth and thin, slightly hot chili peppers ripen from light green to bright red. The variety was bred in New Mexico, where it is now prevalent in Mexican cuisine.

How to grow Big Jim Pepper from seeds:

  • Sowing: Plant Big Jim Hot Pepper seeds indoors in peat pots about 8 weeks before the last expected spring frost. Sow them 1/4″deep and in a soil temperature of 80-85 degrees F until germination. Be sure to give the plant 12-16 hours of sunlight a day. When the outside temperature reaches 60-65 degrees F during the day and at least 50 degrees F at night, transplant the seedlings 12-16 inches apart. You can avoid shock by exposing plants to outdoor temperatures for several hours a day before replanting. Pepper also grows well in containers or raised beds.
    • Plant Spacing: 12-16″.
  • Growing of Big Jim Hot Pepper: Sow seeds in 20-row or shallow flats, 4 seeds per inch, 1/4″ deep, in late March or eight weeks before transplanting. Maintain soil temperature at 80-90 ° F (27-32 ° C). In cooler soil, seeds will slow down their growth. When the first leaves appear, transplant the seedlings into 2 "cage containers or 4" pots. Grow plants for approx. 70 ° F (21 ° C) during thе day and 60 ° F (16 ° C) at night.
    • Big Jim Hot Pepper Soil Requirements for: Keep the soil evenly moist, maintain soil temperatures at 80-90°F (27-32°C)
    • Big Jim Hot Pepper Seeds Days to Germination: 21 days.
    • Light Preference of Big Jim Hot Pepper: Full Sun.
    • Life Cycle of Big Jim Hot Pepper: Annual.
  • How and When to Harvest Big Jim Hot Pepper: As you know, the longer the pepper ripens on the vine, the sharper it is. Harvesting is becoming a personal preference. The plant continues to bear fruit if the pepper is harvested in the green stage, and the mature pepper signals the plant to stop production. Always use a knife or scissors to cut the crop to avoid damaging the fragile stems. Big Jim Hot Pepper is known for its versatility and can be eaten fresh, canned, or dried.
    •  Big Jim Hot Pepper Days to Maturity: 75 days to green; 90 days to red.
  •  Big Jim Hot Pepper's Seed Saving: Isolation or cage may be required to maintain genetic purity as peppers will be cross-pollinated with other peppers. The pepper must be fully ripe for harvesting the seeds. Remove the seeds from it, spread them out to dry for about two weeks. Store sеeds in a cool, dry place for up to two years.


  • Common Names: Big Jim
  • Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
  • Species Origin: New Mexico State University
  • Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Hot Pepper, Warm Season
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • USDA Zоnes:  3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Seeds per Ounce: 4,000
  • Sunlight: Full Sun
  • Height: 42 Inches
  • Color: Green, Red
  • Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer
  • Uses: Culinary


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