The Scoville Scale is a measurement of pungency based on concentration of capsaicinoids in peppers. Concentrations may vary based on growing conditions.
Pepper Growing Information
Transplant: Start in trays 6-8 weeks before transplanting at ¼"-½" depth. Soil temperature for germination is 75-90°F. When first true leaves appear, pot up plants to larger celled flats or pots to develop a strong root system. Transplant in soil after last frost, once soil has warmed and is stable. Planting into black mulch or black landscape fabric can help warm soil.
Spacing: 15-18” apart in rows that are 24-36" apart.
Growth needs: Peppers need high amounts of phosphorus and calcium to grow best and prefer well drained soil. Peppers can be grown in greenhouses or in the field depending on the average temperatures and length of your summer growing season. In hotter climates with heavy, direct sunlight, shade cloth can be used to prevent sun scald.
Harvest:When color has deepened to correct color and are of adequate size. Picking the first fruit as soon as possible will encourage better yields and production for the rest of the season.
Storage: Peppers store best at 45° F in a cooler at 95% humidity.