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Characteristics: Annual or perennial shrub
Seed per packet: 25
The Tabasco chilli originated from a state of that name in south-east Mexico where it has grown since at least 1850. Very hot peppers grow 4 cm long by 1 cm wide. Perfect for hot sauce. World famous for its taste. Peppers grow upright and change colour as they age making this an extremely attractive ornamental plant as well. Tabasco plants grow into compact bush.
Adaptable to most garden soils but prefers a well-drained, well fed soil in a sunny position. Annual in temperate climates perennial in the tropics.
Capsicums require warmth for germination, if starting early provide warmth.
Tropical: Year Round
Temperate: Early Spring to Early Summer
Cold: Mid-Spring to Early Summer
Sow: 6mm deep.
Grow in trays of a good seed raising mix and transplant when 6-7cm tall.
Germination: 10-14 days.
Plant space: 50cm
Row space: 50cm
Maturity: 10-12 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.