Posted on 09 April 2019
Looking for African peppers? At Sandia Seed, we love offering peppers from around the world to gardeners everywhere. If you want to grow African peppers, make sure to check out the Fatalii pepper.
This extremely hot heirloom chile has a delicious fruity citrus flavor. Both Fatalii and habaneros have extreme heat and belong to the Capsicum chinense species that is native to Central America, the Yucatan, and the Caribbean.
The Fatalii pepper is considered African currently as it was transported to Central and South Africa in the 18th century, where it was "discovered" and developed. We love using the African Fatalii pepper for hot sauces, marinades, bbq sauces, salad dressings, salsa, and chutneys.
Sandia Seed offers a large variety of Chili pepper seeds from around the world for sale – make sure to check out our Hatch chile seeds, super hot pepper seeds, such as the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper, or sweet pepper seeds such as Purple Bell Pepper seeds or Shishito seeds, Pimento seeds, or Sweet Banana pepper seeds. Each seed packet has the country of origin on it, make sure to pick a variety from around the world and see what grows great in your neck of the world.
Peppers are easy to grow, and you can grow them anywhere you can grow other vegetables like tomatoes and basil. Peppers in general like hot, dry weather, and full sun. Live in the mountains? There are also a few mountain peppers that actually like cooler temperatures and are good for gardeners growing peppers in cold climates like the mountains – check out the Bulgarian Carrot and the Rocoto or Manzano pepper.
We also specialize in Hatch Chile seeds from the Hatch, New Mexico region. You can grow Hatch seeds anywhere you can grow other veggies, although technically to call it an official "Hatch" chile you need to grow it in the Hatch area in New Mexico. They say the combination of the weather, soil and growing conditions there are what give them their special Hatch flavor. But, we think you'll agree, homegrown Hatch chiles are delicious no matter where you grow them! And, not everyone is lucky enough to be able to get fresh New Mexico-grown chile around the world. In fact, it often sells out and is in high demand during the peak harvest season. So why not grow your own?
No matter what type of pepper you grow, make sure to keep the seeds warm to get them to germinate (they are slower than most other vegetable seeds). They like temperatures between 80-90˚ F for fastest germination, and they can take anywhere from 7-21+ days to germinate. Don't be discouraged if you don't see sprouts right away, make sure to use a heat mat or keep them in a very warm location and you'll see sprouts within a couple weeks. Super hot peppers like the Carolina Reaper and the Trinidad Scorpion often take way longer to germinate than most other peppers, so be patient!
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