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Organic Dagger Pod Pepper Seeds - 15 Count


Organic Dagger Pod Pepper Seeds
Capsicus frutescens
Knife Pepper, Flaco Pepper

Description: A cayenne-type pepper with slender, red fruits up to 5" long. Originally from India. Fruits are quite hot to the taste, similar to some of the cayenne's and have popular use in India cuisine. Fruits are long, with slightly curved ends. Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) resistant.
Days to Maturity Approx: 80-86 Days (Varies with growing conditions, sun, soil, water, and other factors.)
Food: The colorful aspect of peppers can increase the visual appeal of the food, making it more appetizing. However, foods containing peppers, especially chili peppers, often have a strong aftertaste. This is likely due to the presence of capsinoids in peppers. Also, capsaicin, a chemical found in chili peppers, creates a burning sensation once ingested. This sensation can last up to several hours after exposure. As a result, this can lead to a prolonged aftertaste.
Starting: Sow the seeds indoors to get jump start on your season. [Starting the peppers seeds, no matter what kind, Sweet Bell Peppers, Southwestern Chili Peppers, Specialty Hot Peppers, and Ornamental Peppers] in the best planting medium that you can. The better their start, the healthier the Pepper plant will be.
Growing Peppers: Plant the seeds in sterile potting mix, eight weeks prior to the last expected frost date in your area. Plant seeds at a depth equal to two times their diameter. According to scientific studies, the biologically optimum conditions for germinating pepper seeds are "day / night" soil temperature fluctuations between 86° and 59º F with sixteen hours of light and eight hours of darkness. Seed will not germinate at all from about 50º F and colder. Germination usually occurs in eight to eighteen days but rates can to be erratic. Peppers are tender plants that thrive in warm weather. Blossoms will drop if temperatures drop below 60° F or if they get too much nitrogen. Days to harvest quoted are an estimate from transplanting into the garden. Hot pepper and the capsaicin oil in hot pepper cannot be neutralized by water. Wash hands or rinse mouth with vinegar or lemon juice to alleviate discomfort in an emergency. Bread, bananas, pasta, or potatoes will also alleviate the burning sensation. Never touch your face or eyes after handling hot peppers. (Warm growing temperatures develop the hottest peppers).
Pollination Warning: Peppers are self-pollinators. Occasionally, they will cross pollinate from pollen carried by bees or other insects. To minimize this possibility, do not plant hot and sweet peppers in close proximity; allow a minimum of 6 feet between differing varieties. The crossing will not affect the fruit of this year's crop; however, the cross will show up in the genetics of the seeds, if you save them
Spacing: Rows, 2.5 to 3 feet apart (Closer in sustainable/intensive gardens). Plant differing types well apart, a minimum of 6 feet between types.
Soil: Peppers thrive in a well-drained, fertile soil that is well supplied with water. (Peppers are originally a tropical plant and like to grow in warm soil.) The soil should be well drained and your pepper plants should be planted in late spring when the soil has significantly warmed up.
Sun: Full sun and lightly dappled shade. Most peppers will not perform well in very shady locales.
Water: Peppers in general require a heavy supply of water to bear fruit properly. Never allow to dry out or become wilted.
Soil pH: The plants are not particularly sensitive to soil acidity, but best results are obtained in the 6.0 to 6.8 pH range.
Harvesting: Peppers can be picked as soon as they reach a size which is edible. If you prefer smaller, more intense peppers, you may pick within a few weeks of emergence. Allowing the peppers to mature on the plant will provide the largest pepper. Additionally, you may harvest the plant in its entirety, and hang inverted to dry all peppers on the plant for consumption, decoration, or seed saving.
Insects and Pests: Several insects will enjoy your pepper plants. Spider mites and aphids are the most common, with an occasional borer. In many areas, it is infrequent. For the infrequent problem, try an organic insecticide such as tobacco dust.
Disease: While many viruses and diseases can affect peppers, it is somewhat infrequent. Fungal infections can be treated with organic. Addressing the issue as soon as it is noticed will reduce loss and increase potential pepper yield.
Hardiness: No doubts about it, peppers do not like frost. In the spring, frost will stunt or kill the plants. Cold weather can cause the plant to slow down or stunt it. In the Autumn, cover the plants, if frost is expected. Use a hot cap on cold and frosty spring nights.  If they are vented, they can they left on all day.
Special Growing Instructions:

Following are some tips to prevent damp-off:
1 – Do not re-use old potting soil for planting new seeds. Always plant your seeds in new seed starting or potting mix.
2 – Do not re-use old pots for planting new seeds.
3 – Peat pots can sometimes have a tendency to get soggy and can be "mold magnets", so avoid using them for seed starting.
4 – One of the primary causes of damp-off is overcrowding. So avoid it - do not plant too many seeds too close together!
5 – As it is a fungus, another primary cause is excessive humidity. While high humidity is good for seed sprouting, it can be dangerous once they have sprouted. So if you have your seeds covered by a tray cover, plastic wrap, etc., as soon as your pepper seeds start coming up, remove the cover!
6 – If you do notice any of your seedlings starting to look sick, immediately move them well away from your other pots to avoid spreading anything to your other seedlings!

WARNINGS: Even pepper seeds from 'Sweet' peppers may contain some capsaicinoids that could irritate your skin causing dermatitis. As well, 'Hot' peppers may contain a lower amount of capsaicinoids, which will affect the perceived 'temperature' of the peppers grown. As always, when handling peppers, pepper seeds, flesh, skins, etc., and in pepper preparation, use gloves, and remember - Never Touch Your Eyes, and, please use care in handling all parts of the pepper.

 DownrightNatural guarantees that the seed listed above is true to name, type, and cultivar. DownrightNatural provides the seed as is, with no guarantee of germination, production, potential, or yield. Grower assumes all responsibility for germination, growth, harvest, and use. 

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  • Model: PEPP-DAGGER
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 493 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Astral Farms

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