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Habanero Pepper
Capsicum chinense 'Francisca'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Francisca
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Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Oblong

Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to orange

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Drying

Pickling

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)

Regional

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

Orange Springs, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 3, 2006, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I think this is a good variety to grow if you like big fruit, the fruit get larger than the other Habaneros I have grown. The fruit is about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches wide and a little less long. it has good flavor and plenty of heat.It grows more upright than the other varieties I have grown.

Neutral

On Dec 2, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

"- very hot; 2 to 3 inches long by 1 to 1.5 inches wide; Habanero Type; matures from green to orange; big sister to the Habanero Red Savina™.