Hot Pepper, 'Hot Portugal'

A dangerous pepper for the disorganized gardener, Hot Portugal is completely indistinguishable in all ways but one from its fabulously sweet field mate, Jimmy Nardello: heat. I can’t tell you how many times over the years we have stood together over a pepper plant muttering, “I don’t remember either...YOU try one”. In all honesty, as far as hot peppers go it’s middling, with very sweet flesh and a touch of heat in the pith and seeds. Stunning long red fruits are wonderful stuffed, beautiful in ristras, and after roasting, makes an incredibly flavorful base for our annual batch of hot sauce, spiced up with some jalapenos and Thai chilis. An excellent chili for cool climates, it is early and productive. First offered in 1935.
70-80 days. UO

Packet: 30 seeds

Product Code: PEP-HP-pkt

Availability:In stock

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Growing Info


Indoors, 5-8 weeks before your last frost date.

Transplant out after danger of frost (50+ nighttime temps).

Note: Protect well from the cold!




12-18" spacing in rows 18" apart.


10-14 days @ soil temp 70-85F


Full sun


Moderate. Prefers well-drained, fertile soil with ample phosphorous and calcium and a pH between 6.5-6.8.


Pepper seeds will germinate very slowly and poorly in cold soil.

Use a floating row cover to keep plants warmer during the day and as protection from cold nights.

Harvesting ripe fruit consistently will encourage fruit production.