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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum frutescens 'Malagueta'

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Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: frutescens (froo-TESS-enz) (Info)
Cultivar: Malagueta

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Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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

Fruit Shape:
Tapered

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

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)

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Profile:

2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive tmccullo On Aug 18, 2006, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Beautiful 4' plant now. No peppers yet but they are coming soon.

Positive critterologist On Aug 28, 2005, critterologist from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Bushy, productive plant with loads of tiny peppers that are searingly hot. I prefer the somewhat larger and slightly less hot chiles on the Tabasco plants that are growing next to them, but Malagueta's performance was very good in my garden.

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

A 3 x 1/2 inch Brazilian pepper.

Regional...

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

Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Mililani, Hawaii
Wahiawa, Hawaii
Ballenger Creek, Maryland
Houston, Texas



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