Capsicum Hungarian Sweet Wax
Capsicum Hungarian Sweet Wax is a solid producer of small to medium sized Capsicums with a thick waxy skin to 10 -15cm long. Tapers to a point and go from yellow to red as they age. These produce high yields in my hothouse. Start seed off on a hotbed of no less than 21 degrees (ideally more).
Sow – Start on a heat mat or indoors in August, plant out after risk of frost and soils warmed (early November in cool climate). Can start earlier if planting in a hot house. Lay black plastic on ground and plant into an X cut-out if planting outside. They need consistent warmth in Tasmania.
Spacing – 50cm.
The name pepper was given by Europeans when Christopher Columbus brought the plant back to Europe. At that time, black pepper (peppercorns), from the unrelated plant Piper nigrum originating from India, was a highly prized condiment.
The name pepper was applied in Europe to all known spices with a hot and pungent taste and was therefore extended to genus Capsicum when it was introduced from the Americas.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 24 to 30 C (around 10 to 20 days to germination, longer at lower temps)