This is probably one of the most attractive plants I have grown.
I have been told that these are used a hedgerows in Hawaii, when left to their own devices. The entire plant - leaves, fruit, and stems! - are deep purple. The mature fruits then turn red, making it easy to pick because they visually stand out. Great in the field but also recommended for container use in colder climates. Very easy to dry as well.
Grown at Invincible Summer Farms, Southold, NY
Packet plants 15 ft row (30 seeds)
4-6 week plants are set into the garden in May after the soil warms. Peppers are a tropical crop and needs warmth. A dozen plants will produce plenty of fruit from mid July until frost if the soil is rich and the irrigation is provided when the ground is dry. Plants are usually spaced 1-2 ft apart.
Start seed indoors in a flat or pots. Seeds are planted an inch apart. The seed needs 70°F temperature to germinate. Once germinated, seedlings need plenty of direct sunlight. A windowsill with a south exposure is good, a greenhouse is better. Make sure that seedlings do not become leggy and weak which happens if there is too little light. Try setting them outside for a few hours a day when temperatures are above 50°F if you experience this problem.
For saving seed, at the end of the summer allow the fruit to develop to full size and then over ripen. Usually there is a change in color from green to red, orange or yellow. The nice thing about saving pepper seed is that you remove the central placenta or core and you eat the pepper. Wash the seed from the core and dry on newspaper, a screen or in a strainer for a few days. Use caution when processing hot peppers for seed since you may transfer the capsicum from your fingers to your eyes.