Cultivation: Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost date (or 8 weeks before expected transplanting date). Keep soil warm until emergence. Seeds will not germinate in cool soil and planting out too early may affect plant vigor. Harden off plants carefully before transplanting. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Transplant in late spring/early summer in a very warm and sunny location (soil temperatures at least above 60°F). Fertilize as needed. Too much nitrogen will produce lush foliage and few fruits. Harvest the green fruits directly from the plant. To dry red ripe peppers, cut branches, remove leaves and hang until fruit is dry.Approx. 10-15 seeds in packet.

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Yatsufusa is a hot specialty pepper that originated in Japan and is also known as chilies Japones. The peppers grow in upright clusters of 5-6 at the top of an 18-24″ tall multi-branched plant and have a flavor similar to cayenne or Thai peppers. The 2-3″ long fruits are harvested both green (mild heat) and red. The mature, dried fruits are ground and used in shichimi togarashi, a popular condiment.


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