Latin name: Capsicum annuum
🌱 Days to Sprout: 7-21
😋 Plant Food: after true leaves
✂️ Thin to: 1 plant per yCube
🍅 Days to Maturity: 60-90
💡 Gardyn Location: Center
📏 Plant Size: 2 ft
💚 Care Level: Advanced
Hungarian How Wax Peppers are the essential ingredient in paprika seasoning. Introduced to Hungary in the 16th century, they have become one of the most popular hot pepper varieties among farmers.
These peppers have a tapered shape and resemble Banana Peppers, but they grow much spicier when allowed to fully ripen. Their thick, waxy flesh turns from a greenish-yellow color to orange and finally red.
Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers are extremely versatile. Enjoy their spice raw in salads or sandwiches, grilled or roasted, pickled, stuffed, or dried to make paprika.
Care & Harvest
💡Temperature: Prefers warmer temperatures (70-85°F).
🐝 Pollination: Peppers require pollination. Flowers develop 4-6 weeks after sprouting. Remove the first set of flower buds that grow to encourage root and foliage development. When the next flowers appear, hand-pollinate them by gently shaking the entire plant to replicate the effects of wind, or gently disturb the inside of blossoms with your finger or a small brush.
Support: We suggest using our Plant Belt to support the plant and its heavy fruit as it matures, as it can grow quite tall.
✂️ Pruning: These peppers require pruning. Snip away yellow or brown leaves if they appear, and trim branches to ensure the plant stays within your Gardyn’s light. We also suggest checking the roots monthly and trimming any that are brown or extending past the yPod.
🔎 Plant Health: Gardyn peppers are prolific producers, even if they show signs of Edema, a harmless disorder. Aphids are a common pest, but you can use our prevention tricks to keep them at bay!
🌶 Harvest: Wait until the smooth, waxy fruits are at least 5" long and 1" wide. As they ripen, fruits change from yellow to orange and eventually red. Harvest by cutting each pepper at its individual stem.
Our Plant Health & Nutrition Team thoroughly tests each variety we offer to bring you the most flavorful and high-quality plants. We regularly rotate our plant portfolio, so please note, availability varies.