Hot Red Cherry Pepper

The peppers are about 1.5″ in diameter and change color depending on ripeness from green to red in 75 days.
Christopher Columbus discovered hot pepper during his travels, as a result, it has established itself in European cuisine, and now it is prevalent in Italy. Initially, chefs began using hot peppers to flavor their food due to the high cost of black pepper, but hot peppers soon became extremely popular and even preferred.

 

How to grow Hot Red Cherry Pepper from seeds:

  • Sowing: Plant Serrano 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 Red Cherry 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.
  • Red Cherry Hot Pepper Soil Requirements for: Keep the soil evenly moist, maintain soil temperatures at 80-90°F (27-32°C)
  • Red Cherry Hot Pepper Seed Days to Germination: 21 days.
  • Light Preference of Red Cherry Hot Pepper: Full Sun.
  • Life Cycle of Red Cherry Hot Pepper: Annual.
  • How and When to Harvest Red Cherry 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. Red Cherry Hot Peppers are known for their versatility and can be eaten fresh, canned, or dried.
  • Red Cherry Hot Pepper Days to Maturity: 65 days to green; 85 days to Red.
  • Red Cherry 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.

FАST FАCTS:

  • Common Names: Rеd Cherry Hot Pepper, Capperino
  • Latin Name: Cаpsicum annuum
  • Species Origin: Mexico, South Americа, Central America
  • Type: Open Pollinаted, Heirloom, Hot Pepper, Warm Season
  • Life Cycle: Annuаl
  • USDA Zonеs:  3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Seeds per Ouncе: 4,000
  • Sunlight: Full Sun
  • Hеight:24 Inchеs
  • Color: Grеen, Red
  • Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summеr, Blooms Late Summer
  • Uses: Culinаry

 

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