Growing Hot Orange Habanero Pepper Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Capsicum chinense 'Habanero Orange'
- Other Names: Habaneros; hot orange peppers; habanero chili; hot orange chilies
- Days to Maturity: 90 days
- Hardiness Zone: All zones when treated as an annual
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 12-24” in rows; 14-16" in raised beds
- Row Spacing: 2-3’
- Growth Habit: 24-36" tall; 1" x 1-1/2" waxy, orange, lantern-shaped habanero peppers
- Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained loamy soil; slightly acidic pH between 5.0 and 6.0
- Temp Preference: 60-75 degrees F at night; below 90 degrees F during the day
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Aphids, whiteflies, cutworms, pepper maggots, Colorado potato beetles, tarnished plant bug, Verticillium wilt, mosaic virus, blossom end rot
- Color: Green to orange peppers; white flowers; green foliage
- Flavor: Very hot
Hot Orange Habanero Pepper Seed Growth Habits:
Need to know how to grow orange habanero peppers? The seeds of orange habanero pepper plants should be started indoors approximately 8 to 10 weeks before you plan to transplant them outdoors into the garden. The best place for hot habanero peppers is in an area of the garden that receives full sun and has well-draining soil with a slightly acidic pH between 5.0 and 6.0. Hot habanero pepper plants are easily killed by frost, so you may want to transplant your habanero pepper seed starts into the garden 2 to 3 weeks after your last frost date. Nighttime temperatures below 60 degrees F can cause problems with fruit set. To increase the level of capsaicin, which is responsible for the level of heat in the orange habanero chili, try watering your pepper plants only when the soil is dry. The orange habanero pepper fruit will be ready for harvesting and eating after approximately 90 days.
Various Uses for Hot Orange Habanero Peppers:
Hot peppers, such as the Habanero cultivar, are typically used to create hot sauce and salsas that are eaten with Mexican, South American, and Tex-Mex cuisine. However, due to the popularity of habanero peppers, you'll also find a wide variety of modern recipes that use the hot, spicy pepper, including habanero pepper jelly.
Hot Habanero Orange Pepper Benefits:
Orange habanero hot peppers are an excellent source of capsaicin, which is thought to aid in the prevention of obesity, the lowering of cholesterol, and the control of blood pressure.
When preparing food with orange habanero chili peppers, you should always use caution because the capsaicin in the pepper can cause a painful, burning sensation. It's a good idea to wear gloves while handling the orange habanero pepper, and you should wash your hands thoroughly after cooking with hot peppers. Avoid touching your face and eyes, which can be more sensitive to the effects of capsaicin.
Seeds Per Package:
- 300 mg - Approximately 76 Seeds
- 0.25 oz - Approximately 1,817 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 7,270 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 29,080 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 116,320 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 581,600 Seeds