The information on this page applies to seedlings sold by LEAF Nursery during our 2021 Seedling Sale.
Capsicum annuum. Strong plants produce large cayenne-type red hot peppers. Early bearing and ripening. Dries easily into spicy paprika. Great for ristras. Looks like a cayenne but it tastes altogether something different. It is hard to describe, but it has a very rich Transylvanian flavor. Heirloom from Maria Nagy, a seed steward seed company Adaptive Seeds met near Turda, Transylvania, during their 2008 Seed Seed Ambassadors trip to Romania.
Easy to Grow
Well-drained, rich soils with a pH ~6.5. Be sure to plant with plenty of compost and fertilizer.
Days to Maturity
Additional instructions: Peppers are adventitious rooters. If one to three leaves are pruned off and the plants transplanted deeply, roots will arise from the buried nodes, fostering better anchorage and greater root mass for foraging. Peppers (especially sweet varieties) need high nitrogen levels to establish the plant size and leaf canopy needed to protect fruit from sunburn, so fertilize well.
Harvesting instructions: Harvest when peppers turn red. When harvesting, take care to avoid touching the interior of any broken peppers, as the capsaicin is an extreme irritant, especially to the eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after harvesting or wear gloves to harvest peppers.