Chilli Pepper 'Joe's Long' produces high yields of hot, slender, cayenne-style chillies reaching up to an unbelievable 25cm (10") long. The chillies ripen from a dark, bottle-green to red with a strong pungency that is excellent for making hot sauces or for drying to make powders. This variety is well suited to indoor or outdoor cultivation and has an attractive bushy habit. Height: 50cm (20"). Spread: 40cm (16").
Sow Chilli Pepper seeds on the surface of a good, free-draining, damp, seed sowing mix and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place seed trays in a propagator at a temperature of 18-25C (64-77F) until after germination, which takes 7-10 days. Do not exclude light as this helps germination.
When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into individual 7.5cm (3") pots of compost and grow on in cooler conditions. When plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, transplant them into grow bags and containers, or plant them in well prepared beds of fertile, moist, well drained soil. Chili peppers may be grown undercover in a greenhouse or polytunnel, or grown outdoors in a sheltered position in full sun. When growing chilli peppers outdoors, gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 to 10 days prior to transplanting them. Space pepper plants at a distance of 50cm (20") apart.
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