Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper

The Hungarian Wax is a hybrid of banana peppers and hot chili peppers. Medium-pungent bright yellow peppers grow to 5 inches in length and turn red. These waxy fruits taper towards the end. The bushes grow to 24 inches tall and bear fruit well in short-season conditions. Early peppers are suitable for any purpose and grow in your garden. 2000 Scoville Heat Units.
The Hungarians have been making culinary masterpieces from this pepper since the middle of the 16th century. A new variety of hot peppers was introduced to the United States in 1932 and became very popular. Easy to stuff and peel after roasting; great for thick-fleshed frying and making the prettiest pickled peppers.


How to grow Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper from seeds:

  • Sowing: Plant Hungarian Hot Wax 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″ 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 Hungarian Hot Wax 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.
  • Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper Soil Requirements for: Keep the soil evenly moist, maintain soil temperatures at 80-90°F (27-32°C)
  • Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper Seeds Days to Germination: 21 days.
  • Light Preference of Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper: Full Sun.
  • Life Cycle of Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper: Annual.
  • How and When to Harvest Hungarian Hot Wax 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. Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper is known for its versatility and can be eaten fresh, pickled, stuffed, and grilled.
  • Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper Days to Maturity: 75 days to Green; 95 days to Red.
  • Hungarian Hot Wax 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: Hungarian Hot Wax
  • Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
  • Species Origin: Hungary
  • Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Hot Pepper, Warm Season
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • USDА Zones:  3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Seeds per Ounce: 4,000
  • Sunlight: Full Sun
  • Height: 20 Inches
  • Color: Green, Yellow, Red
  • Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer
  • Uses: Culinary


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