Habanero Chili Pepper
Capsicum chinense habanero
Perennial: Annual in colder climates
When to Sow: Spring
Ease of Germination: Easy
The habanero is a perennial flowering plant, meaning that with proper care and growing conditions, it can produce flowers and fruit for many years. However in temperate climates it is treated as an annual when planted in the ground. It is 30-50 times hotter than Jalapeño! Habanero chili pepper plants grow up to 24cm – 36cm high and are best planted 24cm–36cm apart, the actual pepper growing to around 1 – 2.5 inches long. Used fresh or dried in salsas, chutneys, marinades.
Capsaicin is a nutrient found in chili peppers that is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps improve circulation. Chili peppers literally clean your blood of mucus and toxins, making it easy for oxygen to be supplied to your cells. Helps regulate blood pressure, good for your stomach, and a great digestive aid. Heat: 10!
Full sunlight. Seeds should be sown in light, rich, moist and well-drained soil in a warm sunny place (60F degrees minimum). The seeds take 16 to 20 days to sprout. Transplant the seedlings, as soon as they are large enough to handle. The plants must never suffer through drought or low temperatures. Set plants 24cm – 36cm apart.
Buy untreated habanero pepper seeds here.
The Complete Chile Pepper Book: A Gardener’s Guide to Choosing, Growing, Preserving, and Cooking.
All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space.