About Hungarian Wax Hot Pepper: Since the mid 16th century, the Hungarians have performed culinary marvels with both hot and sweet peppers. Hungarian Hot Wax peppers come from a cross between the mild banana pepper, native to Hungary, with hot chile peppers. This new variety of hot pepper came to the United States in 1932 and gained immediate popularity.
Hungarian Wax Hot Pepper Germination: Start pepper seeds indoors in peat pots about 8 weeks before the last expected spring frost. Sow them 1/4" deep and keep the soil at 80-85 degrees F until germination; provide sunlight or a grow light for 12-16 hours a day. When the outdoor temperature reaches 60-65 degrees F during the day and no less than 50 degrees F at night, transplant the seedlings 12-16" apart. Exposing the plants to the weather for several hours a day before transplanting may help prevent shock. Peppers also grow well in containers or raised beds.
Growing Hungarian Wax Hot Pepper Seeds: Keep the soil evenly moist and weeds under control; mulching the plants may help with this. If excess heat and sun cause the plants to wilt, provide shade. Hungarian Wax peppers grow well in short season climates.
Harvesting Hungarian Wax Hot Pepper: Harvesting hot peppers is basically a matter of personal preference. Generally, the longer the peppers mature on the vine, the hotter they will taste. Mature peppers, however, signal the plant to stop producing; if the peppers are picked when still at the green stage, the plant will go on producing. Always use a knife or scissors to remove peppers to prevent damage to the fragile stems. Hungarian Wax peppers are equally useful for fresh eating, preserving, or pickling.
Saving Hungarian Wax Hot Pepper Seeds: Keep in mind that peppers will cross pollinate with other varietes of pepper, so isolation or caging may be necessary to preserve genetic purity. Allow the pepper to fully mature, than cut it open and remove the seeds. Spread out the seeds to dry for about two weeks. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to two years.
Detailed Hungarian Wax Hot Pepper Info: Capsicum annuum. Also known as Hungarian Yellow Hot Wax, Bulgarian Hungarian Wax, Hungarian Wax Hot, Hungarian Long Wax, Hot Banana Hungarian Wax No. 2. Annual. 65 days. 4,150 seeds per oz. 18-24" height. 12-18" spacing. Produces 4-5" tapered hot peppers that mature from green to yellow to red. SHU 5,000-10,000