Pimenta de Neyde Pepper
Capsicum annuum x chinense
One of the most beautiful peppers around today, this variety is still very rare. Foliage is dark purple, accented with green. Bears medium sized, elongated fruits to 2-3" that remain purple throughout ripening. Unlike virtually all other peppers, this variety changes color very little, turning from dark purple to a dark neon purple upon ripening. Flowers are white, with dark purple centers. The variety is quite hard to locate and is grown as a collectors ornamental and for its very hot fruits. It is reportedly named after the woman that discovered it.
Days to Maturity
The cross apparently originated in Brazil.
Start seeds in small containers from 8-10 weeks prior to the last frost date. Plant seeds approximately 1/4-1/2" deep in moist, well drained potting soil. Most standard soil mixes are suitable for pepper seeds. Soil temperature must be kept at 75-90F for proper germination. Cool soil, particularly at night can inhibit or significantly delay germination. To keep soil temperature warm, start seeds indoors, in a greenhouse and/or use a seed starting heat mat. Keep soil moderately moist, though not overly, dripping wet. Water soil when the soil surface just begins to dry. Allow proper air circulation for containers.
Optionally, seeds can be dipped in a dilute hydrogen peroxide mix (1 tsp hydrogen perioxide per cup water) for one minute to disinfect seeds prior to planting. If your soil or seed sprouting setup is susceptible to mold growth this can be useful to kill mold spores.
Once seedlings have sprouted, keep in small containers until a few sets of leaves have developed. Transplant to larger containers or outdoors. If transplanting outdoors, make sure to harden off seedlings by exposing them to only filtered sunlight for up to 1-2 weeks. Thin plants to 3-4 ft and rows to 6-10 ft.
Estimated germination time under optimal conditions: 2-6 weeks