Little Elf Hot Pepper SEEDS ( Capsicum annuum )
LITTLE ELF, Hot Pepper
Scoville Units: 20,000 ~ 30,000
Is great to grow for its ornamental as well a culinary values
Petite and gorgeous chilli plant
Great for a patio planter or Container
Species: Annuum | Origin: Hungary | Heat: Medium
A Pequin type variety. This plant has small, dark green leaves which provide a striking backdrop for masses of peppers that begin as yellow tinged with purple, then turn orange and finally red (90 days). The tiny fruit is no bigger than 1/2 to 3/4 inch long and appears in clusters, with all colours on the plant at the same time. Plants grow only about 16 inches tall with a similar spread, so they are great for borders as well as container growing. Coluorful and petite, this ornamental pepper is quite charming.
HOW TO GROW PEPPER SEEDS
- wear gloves
- Always wash your hands even after you take your gloves off
- Have some lime juice to dump on your hands if they are burning as it's said to relieve the burning
- Never rub any sensitive area like your eyes and so forth.
- before you take your gloves off besure you are completely finished at what you are doing
- sometimes double up on your gloves as the burn can still find its way in at times
Sow seeds indoors about ¼" deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm.
Pepper varieties come from tropical humid regions. The temperature, moisture, and air circulation all play a role in growing plants from seeds. Too little heat, too much moisture, and lack of air circulation will cause poor results. Do not use jiffy peat pots, plugs, or potting soil as the soil becomes too dry or too wet, which can lead to disease and fungus. We have experienced disease and low germination when using these types of products. Use Organic Seed Starting Material for best germination results.
Peppers often like to take their sweet time germinating. They can be up in a week, and some will take almost a month. Even with paper towel germination testing, they can take long. I am not sure why, but it is a normal occurrence. So plan and make sure you start them early enough! Also, remember they like heat to germinate so make sure you have a heating mat or something to keep the soil warm. Placing them up on top of the fridge often works too since it is normally warmer up there.
Peppers, like tomatoes, grow in well-drained fertile soil. Almost all peppers have the same requirements for successful growth. Plant them in good, well-drained, fertile soil and make sure they get lots of sunlight and a good inch of water per week. In many ways, they mimic the same requirements needed for growing great tomatoes.
We plant all of our peppers with a good shovel full of compost in the planting hole, and then give them a good dose of compost tea every few weeks for the first 6 weeks of growth. We also mulch around each of our pepper plants with a good 1 to 2’’ thick layer of compost.