(Bailey) Pequin Peppers are less than 1/2″ wide and less than 1″ long and 10 times hotter than jalapenos. They turn from green to orange to red when ripe. They are slightly oblong and rather on the warm side, around 97,000 SHU. The plant grows upright and is semi-determinate. The fruit can be found high in the canopy and will fall off of the stem when mature.
Bailey Pequin Peppers were developed specifically for machine harvest by New Mexico State University in 1991.
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.
Spacing: Plant 12″ to 18″ apart.
Height: Grows 24″ to 36″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Outstanding Features: This variety was developed for machine harvesting.
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.
Uses: Garden Vegetable/Fruit
*Picture courtesy of www.reimerseeds.com.
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