The challenge of growing super hot peppers is that you need a long growing season. In short season garden zones, it's sometimes hard to get the hottest pepper plants to produce ripe pods before the first frosts hit in the fall. And, super hot pepper plants also thrive in very warm conditions, so in some areas it's hard to get the super hots to ripen before the cold weather hits.
Start Hot Peppers Indoors and Keep them Warm:
We recommend starting your super hot pepper seeds early indoors at least 8 weeks before the last frost date, if not earlier, so you can grow robust plants to be transplanted outdoors once the nights have warmed up and chance of frost has passed. It's also important to use a seedling heat mat to keep the temperature very warm for the seeds to sprout, they sprout best around 80-90˚ F.
Grow Super Hot Peppers in Containers:
You can also grow super hots in large containers so that you can move them indoors if needed during late spring or early autumn cold spells. Super hots really don't like temperatures below 50˚ F, so moving them into a hoop house or indoors when the nights get cold can help them grow faster.
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Grow the Fastest Growing Hot Pepper Seeds:
Some of the fastest growing hot peppers are Jalapenos! We have Jalapeno seeds for several varieties including our hottest Jalapeno, the Orange Jalapeno which has 80,000 Scovilles! That's a HOT Jalapeno! It is also super fast growing, starting to produce in around 65 days! Or checkout the Yellow Jalapeno seeds, which also ripen quickly in 65 days but come in a brilliant yellow, quite a show-stopper in the garden! This hot Yellow Jalapeno is also quite hot at 30,000 Scovilles. Be sure to check out our milder (but still spicy) jalapeno seeds as well, we have several to choose from!
Pick Faster Growing Super Hot Pepper Varieties:
So if you live in a short season gardening zone, or if you just want your hot peppers sooner, grow faster growing peppers for the best success!
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