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PEPPER, SPICY * FISH * ORGANIC HEIRLOOM SEEDS 2022  $2.00 
PEPPER, SPICY * FISH * ORGANIC HEIRLOOM SEEDS 2022
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FISH PEPPER (Capsicum annuum) is an African American heirloom that dates before 1870. The foliage is gorgeous in the garden with lush variegated green and white leaves. The 24" - 48" plants produce multitudes of 2-3" fruits which ripen from cream with green stripes to orange with brown stripes, to all red. Makes a stunning container ornamental! Traditionally used in oyster and crab houses around the Chesapeake Bay (Maryland-Virginia), it is also perfect for salsa. Or try a fresh crab cake with a Fish Pepper chutney! Yum! An Ark of Taste selection. Since I was raised in Maryland, this has become one of my favorite peppers, as the flavor is truly unique and sparks memories of many a crab feast in my youth. 80 days from transplant. 10 seeds. 

ABOUT GROWING PEPPERS:  Whether Sweet or Heat, peppers must be started indoors and really appreciate bottom warmth (80 degrees) and grow lights for vigorous starts. Peppers take longer than tomatoes to germinate, so be patient!. Be sure to pick varieties that will have sufficient time to complete their growth in your area. Also, hot peppers will be hotter as the temperature rises, so if you want heat and live in the north, buy the hottest varieties available so you won't be disappointed. Vice versa for the south. Use gloves when handling hot pepper seeds and some of the hot peppers themselves. Start peppers indoors 8 weeks before transplanting. Sow seeds 1/4" deep. Keep soil moist. Peppers may take up to two weeks to pop up. When weather warms (daytime soil near 80 degrees and nighttime temps above 50 degrees) you can transplant into rich prepared soil in a sunny position, about 18'' apart and, if in rows, about 24'' apart. I like to give my peppers some support, usually a stake or cage, as productive plants can keel over from the weight of their fruit. Consider spacing your peppers around your vegetable garden, as they can be helpful in warding off furry invaders of your greens and such. Use organic mulch to fend off weeds and keep soil moist in hot dry summers. Peppers need regular moderate watering, but water from below. Peppers are so versatile. You can use fresh, cook them in a variety of ways, dry many varieties easily, and freeze many varieties for later cooking.

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