± 25 seeds
Matures in 110 to 120 days
This Caribbean pepper resembles the habanero; it has a sweet flavor and is very hot, approximately 200,000 on the Scoville scale.
Eight weeks before the last expected ground frost, sow your seeds indoors at a depth of ¼ inch and maintain the room temperature at 25–30°C (60-65°F). Provide them with supplemental light to prevent the plants from becoming leggy. When all risk of ground frost is eliminated, acclimate your plants for a few days and plant them in the garden at a distance of 12 to 16 inches apart. Pepper plants appreciate a rich, moist, and weed-free soil; provide them with mulch to help with better control.
Normally, peppers have a stronger flavor if they ripen for a longer time on the plant. However, ripe peppers signal the plant to stop production. Harvest the green ones to ensure a longer vegetable production.
During harvest, cut the stem with scissors to avoid breaking the plant's fragile stem. Protect your hands and eyes when handling peppers; they can cause a burning sensation!