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Capsicum annuum longum group 'Hungarian Hot Wax'

Chilli pepper

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Feature

Fruit

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

Chilli peppers are grown for their fiery heat. This is caused by the alkaloid capsaicin, which is measured in Scoville Units. Most chilli peppers, even though they seem to have a hot bite, are only about 600 units, compared to 'Habanero' which has an astonishing 200,000 units. They are grown in the same way as sweet peppers but the fruit can be picked at any stage, when the colour is green or red. 'Hungarian Hot Wax' is a thick-walled variety with spicy fruit that turn from pale yellow to red.

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Capsicum

Species: annuum longum group

Cultivar: Hungarian Hot Wax

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 70cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April


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