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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Hinkel Hatz'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Hinkel Hatz
Additional cultivar information: (aka Hinkel Hatz Chicken Heart)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)
Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red
Green changing to gold

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bplipschitz On Jul 21, 2014, bplipschitz from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

Growing well in St. Louis (as of 7/2014). I like hot peppers, and these are *very* hot. Very prolific producer, although none of my peppers have turned red yet. Growing this in a pot on the deck, and it gets watered every day.

Positive blk_vegan On Jul 31, 2011, blk_vegan from Memphis, TN wrote:

Beautiful and hot pendant size red peppers. Very prolific and pest resistant. Plants average between 1-1/2 to 2 feet. As previously stated it's an old Dutch heirloom. I recommend this one to all who enjoy hot peppers.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 12, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

105 days. A rare Pennsylvania Dutch variety with pendant fruits the size and shape of chickenís hearts. (Trust us on this one...) Fruits are very hot, used in pickling locally but suitable for used in salsas and chili. It is Very hot; 1 inch long by 3/4 inch wide; pendant fruits are said to resemble the shape of a chicken heart; pods usually mature to red, though sometimes yellow; rare Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom. Dates to pre-1880.


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

Saint Louis, Missouri
Kearny, New Jersey
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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