The “Goth” Jalapeno….
Gorgeous jalapeno-shaped peppers mature from bright green to nearly jet black, and finally to intense scarlet red. The productive 60cm (24″) tall plants are loaded with fruits of medium heat. Use the pods interchangeably with jalapeno peppers for a shock of colour in dips and salsas. The flavour of these peppers really brightens as they mature, and the colours stand out on market tables. Try Black Hungarian pepper seeds in patio containers, but aim to keep the soil constantly moist during the growing season, and keep the plants well ventilated by allowing air circulation around the containers.
75 days to maturity
Scoville heat units (SHU): 5,000 – 10,000 SHU
Median heat: 7,500 SHU
Suggestions: Peppers need a warm soil and night temperature to prosper. They will stunt under 10C. Location should be sheltered from the wind and soil should be kept reasonably moist. Be sure to harden off the seedlings to reduce transplant stress. Harvest fruit early and often. The more you pick the more they will produce. Do not pull off fruit, rather cut from stems.
Pot size: Minimum 12″ per plant or plant in ground 12″ away from next plant.