Hot, large and fast—that’s the two-second review of Hot Portugal Peppers, which deliver medium heat in a 6-in. fruit. This variety has been around since the 1930s, giving home gardeners a good hit of heat in a sizable package. Plan on harvest 65-75 days from transplant. Learn about Growing Peppers here.
Each packet contains approximately 50 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Crops require full sun, fast draining soil and regular water. Peppers grow best when temperatures are warm and need substantial heat to set fruit. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost or, depending on your climate zone, sow directly in the garden after the soil has warmed. Allow 1-1/2 feet between plants in all directions; provide support for varieties that grow over one foot tall.
Harvest fruits early and often — the more you pick the more they will produce. Always cut — do NOT pull — fruits from plants. Most varieties can be eaten when green or under-ripe, however, the flavor improves as plants mature.