Cayenne or Purple Cayenne is our substitute for Hot Portugul
Heirloom 1920’s.According to the 1935 Harris Seed catalog “If you want a large hot pepper you should try the new Hot Portugal. The best hot pepper we know.” Early maturing variety. Fruits are thin, can grow to a length of 6” and are plenty hot. Yields are remarkably heavy. 20 seeds
Indoors- Start 8-10 weeks before last frost, 1/4” deep with soil temperatures 70-80 degrees. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Transplant 18” apart when danger of frost has passed and when soil is 65 degrees.
Harvest- Using a sharp instrument, pick first fruits when they reach usable size, this helps accelerate the growth of the other peppers on the plant. Leave some on to mature, to color and sweeten up.
Tips- Plant in fertile, well composted soil, mulch and provide adequate water. It helps to use row cover early in the season giving the plants extra warmth, especially in the north. Side dress when flowers begin to form.