Organically Homegrown Heirloom Habanero Seeds - Non GMO - Open Pollinated - Min. 15 Seeds Capsicum Chinese (SHU 100,000 - 350,000)
Although these have a reputation for being ridiculously spicy (don't get me wrong, they really are), habaneros also have AMAZING flavor. Slightly sweet and fruity, these add a unique kick to salsas and soups, and they make delicious hot sauce too!
Don't be afraid! If you like to cook, and you don't mind a bit of heat, you have to try growing these!
I have found that habaneros are relatively easy to grow in even some cooler climates, and they don't seem to be bothered by too much rain, sun, or drought. They are not, however, frost tolerant.
Start indoors at least 6-8 weeks before average last frost. Germination can take up to a few weeks with hot peppers, so be patient! Harden off in a sheltered location outdoors before transplanting into garden. Carefully transplant seedlings after danger of frost has passed when soil has warmed to over 55 degrees. Transplant shock is very common, so don't be surprised if young plants take a week or two to start looking healthy again. These tend to mature into bush like plants, so plant seedlings at least 2’ apart. Overcrowding can lead to a variety of problems such as powdery mildew and various fungal diseases.
*Note-- Pepper seedlings were the slugs' favorite snack in my 2017 garden. They can decimate young seedlings in no time if not detected.