Approximately 165seeds per gram. Capsicum annuum Lot# PH31329 Black Hungarian pepper is a stunning and colorful pepper plant. They are sturdy and erect plants that can grow between 61-90 cm (24-36") tall and 41 cm (16”) wide. Slender elongated leaves are a dark emerald green. Foliage is highlighted with prolific delicate dark purple flowers that develop into green peppers and eventually turn to a shiny black and finish to a mature glossy fire engine red. Black Hungarian produces abundant yields of 10 cm (4”) peppers and closely resemble the shape and size of a Jalapeno pepper. They are considered a mild pepper with a 2500 SHU rating. Mild heat and great flavor.
Start indoors 6-10 weeks before your last spring frost. Sow 4-5 seeds 6 mm (¼”) deep in 10 cm (4”) pots and cover lightly with soil medium and keep soil moist but not too wet. We keep under lights at a temperature of 26.7-29˚C (80-85˚F). Germination rates can vary drastically from 10 days to 21 days. Thin seedlings to 2-3 per pot. Once seedlings develop their second set of true leaves, prune the first set of true leaves. Pruning the leaves forces secondary growth and creates a bushier plant. We do this on several leaf sets. If seedlings become too leggy, place them in a cooler location. This will slow them down and make their stems thicker. Transplant seedlings when soil has warmed up to 15.6-18˚C (60-65˚F). Plant transplants in blocks or in rows 30-61 cm (12-24”) apart each way.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose and well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 5.5-6.8
Planting Depth: Sow seeds 6 mm (¼) deep.
Germination: 14-21 days.
Height at Maturity: Plants reach 61-90 cm (24-36")tall. Compact bush habit. Spread can be 41 cm (16”) wide.
Days to Maturity: 75-90 days.
Watering: Peppers require about 2.5 cm (1”) of water per week. Allow water to completely soak the soil 15-20 cm (6-8”) deep. This will ensure good growth, whether vegetables are grown in single hills or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week will help supplement how much you should water your garden. Soil should remain moist.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: Plant transplants 30-61 cm (12-24”) apart in rows or in blocks each way.
Additional Information Black Hungarian Peppers add a striking contrast to all the green in your garden with their black then red peppers. Peppers are rated at 2500 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). Harvesting “Hot Peppers” is a task that is best completed wearing latex or rubber gloves to prevent any accidents. Hot peppers contain organic chemicals called capsaicinoids which can burn sensitive skin, your eyes, your mouth, and other sensitive areas. Use a good pair of scissors to cut the peppers from the bush. Picking them off usually will result in breaking off branches. To prolong a pepper harvest, cut peppers from the plant regularly.