Your New Favorite Banana Pepper!
Disease-resistant plants performed especially well in the southeast, the heartland, and the Great Lakes regions!
Variety: Hot Sunset Hybrid
Item Form: (P)Pkt of 15 seeds
Days to Maturity: 85
Fruit Color: Red
Seeds Per Pack: 15
Additional Characteristics: Award Winner,Edible,Pest Fighter,Season Extenders
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Harvest Season: Mid Summer,Early Fall,Early Summer,Late Summer
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Moisture Requirements: Moist, well-drained,Dry
Resistance: Disease Resistant,Drought Tolerant,Heat Tolerant,Pest Resistant,Target Leaf Spot
Soil Tolerance: Normal, loamy
(P)?Pkt of 15 seeds
85 days from setting out transplants.
Pepper lovers, rejoice! Here’s a hot wax (banana) pepper that has it all, from early maturity to very generous yields to extra-thick walls to super-disease-resistant growth in parts of the country not typically known for their pepper production! Hot Sunset lives up to its name with a rainbow of colors on long, tapered, yummy fruit you’ll harvest all summer long!
Hot Sunset won a regional All-America Selection award in 2015, with the southeast, the heartland, and the Great Lakes regions specifically called out as great places to grow this pepper. Does this mean that it won’t fare well elsewhere? Not at all! We expect peppers to do well in hot, dry climates, as well as in the northwest. Hot Sunset just adds new areas to the “trouble free” zones, thanks to great resistance to leafspot (xanthomonas campestris) and tomato spotted wilt virus. Anyone who has ever had problems growing peppers should take a close look at Hot Sunset!
And then there are the yields. You can expect 15 to 20 peppers from every plant! Hot Sunset produces fruit over a long season, so if you’re a fresh-pepper lover, you don’t have to worry about harvesting everything at once and then freezing or canning it. This rugged garden presence just keeps going all summer, so your homemade pizzas, salads, and appetizers can always be dotted with freshly-picked rings of mild-flavored, crunchy-sweet peppers!
This fruit reaches about 7? inches long, tapering to a point from 1-inch-diameter shoulders. It’s good for canning because the size tends to be quite uniform. And the best part is that although the fruit is ripe and ready to pick when it turns from pale green to buttery yellow, if you leave it on the plant a few days longer, it will pass through stages of orange and finally mature to rich red. Many peppers crack or split before attaining their peak of scarlet ripeness, but not Hot Sunset! It doesn’t have its name for nothing!
Now, although it’s called “Hot” Sunset, this banana pepper clocks in at a mild 650 Scovilles of heat. Enough for you to know it’s there and enjoy a spicy bite, not enough for children to turn up their noses or those with spice-intolerant palates to worry. The whole family will enjoy this pepper! Give it a try this season — it’s just an all-around superior choice.
Start the seeds indoors about 7 to 10 weeks before the last scheduled spring frost in your area. Peppers like warm soil and frost-free nights, so wait to transplant the seedlings until they have at least 2 sets of true leaves and spring is well underway. Fertilize when the flowers begin to appear, and keep the moisture level even throughout the growing season if possible. Offer some support to this vining plant, to hold up all those big peppers! Easy to grow. Pkt is 15 seeds.