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PlantFiles: Hot Banana Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Hungarian Wax'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Hungarian Wax
Additional cultivar information: (aka Bulgarian Hungarian Wax, Hungarian Wax Hot, Hungarian Long Wax, Hot Banana Hungarian Wax No. 2)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Moderate (1,000 to 5,000 Scoville Units)
Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Yellow changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rjpink9 On Jul 15, 2010, rjpink9 from Temecula, CA wrote:

Yesterday July 14th I was cleaning up a backyard with some weeds and abandoned plants. Leftover was a Hot Banana chilli pepper plant. Peppers were allready dried but the plant is still alive. Can I repot and save this plant or should I let it die a natural death? I live in Temecula Calif and we are in a serious heatwave with temp 90+. On the plant info card it also says the plant says it should be indoors. How about some thoughts

Positive shog On Apr 27, 2008, shog from Catonsville, MD wrote:

OK in pots, not that tall, decently productive. 3"-4" thin-walled pods, moderately hot, perfect on pizza, somehow never failed to give me heartburn. Ripens from yellow to red. Edible yellow.

Neutral mystic On Aug 4, 2007, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), 2006 Award of Garden Merit.

Positive EdlinUser On Jan 10, 2007, EdlinUser from Fayetteville, AR wrote:

I've grown Hot Banana along with 6-8 other hot peppers in NW Arkansas the last 2 years. One of the first to set fruit, one of the most productive, one of the most resistant to stress. A very pretty plant with yellow => orange => red fruit. If I coluld grow only one hot pepper this would be it.

Neutral Farmerdill On Oct 5, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An open polinated moderately hot banana pepper, (70 day)

Positive TamiMcNally On Jun 3, 2004, TamiMcNally from Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Ripe peppers range from yellow to orange-red


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Seward, Alaska
Maumelle, Arkansas
Ceres, California
Temecula, California
Byers, Colorado
Lewes, Delaware
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Salina, Kansas
Hindman, Kentucky
Las Vegas, Nevada
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Cades, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Grand Mound, Washington
Cedarburg, Wisconsin

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