Michael’s Sundew Pepper


Capsicum baccatum

Deliciously versatile!

Superb, productive fruits. Slightly larger than the rest both the bush and the fruits. Has the classic piquantè pepper flavour. Excellent variety for processing.

Seed count: Approximately 25 seeds
Best planting: August – January
Ease of growth: Very easy
Heirloom: Typically a variety that is older than 60 years.

General Information

  • Height/width of the plant: 70+ cm
  • Growth type: This variety is suitable for planting in pots or in small gardens, as they do not take up a lot of space, and has a bush or compact growth habit.
  • Ideal germination temperature: 17°C
  • Average germination in days: 10+ days
  • Sow method: The seed is best suited to starting off in seed trays and then transplanted once they are past the two true leaf stage.
  • Plant type: Tender, Annual
  • Plant use: This is a well-known cooking variety, suited for both home and professional chefs.
  • Plant/row spacing: 50 cm/50 cm
  • Days to harvest: 95 days
  • Seed treatment:
    Needs bottom heat to germinate – Hot and Extreme Chillies, as well as Brinjals, are real heat lovers, without bottom heat germination can be slow and erratic. Bottom heat is generally applied using a heating pad (obtained from Livingseeds) or an old electric blanket. The seedling trays should be lifted 1-2 cm above the heating pads so as not to overheat the seeds.
    Will benefit from bottom heat – As above, but these seeds will germinate without bottom heat. The additional heat stimulates germination, gives even germination and speeds up the process.

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