Did you know that there is a Chili Pepper Institute? It’s true! At New Mexico State University, where the institute resides, the Big Jim Chili Pepper was developed in the 1970s. The Guinness Book records this pepper as one of the largest chilies measuring in at a whopping 12 inches! But if you prefer to just eat it, the green to red pepper is relatively mild with a medium heat rating that won’t leave you on fire. Don’t worry though, it still has that great chili flavor. Being sensitive to the cold, planting should be delayed until the danger of frost is past in the spring. Ideal temperatures are 70 to 80 degrees F during the day, and 60 to 70 degrees F at night. Usually, the plants set satisfactory crops when temperatures are between 65 and 80 degrees F and the soil is well-supplied with moisture. Avoid a soggy, water-logged soil condition when growing peppers.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Spacing: Plant 18″ apart.
Height: Grows 24″ to 36″ tall.
Outstanding Features: Disease resistant and easy to grow.
Tips: Water plants thoroughly after transplanting. Avoid planting under conditions that will stunt the plants and lead to poor production, such as cold weather, lack of sufficient soil moisture, or lack of sufficient fertilizer. Water deeply but not too often.
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