Hot Pepper, 'Aci Sivri'
Aci Sivri is an excellent cayenne-like short season chili originally from Turkey and introduced in the '90s to the US by the old 'Seeds of Change' seed company. An excellent and productive variety for short growing season areas, it's tall frame hangs heavy with long, slender fruits that ripe to a glossy red. Heat levels can vary from plant to plant but is generally middling to hot with flavorful fruity undertones. An excellent choice for powder, flakes, and hot sauces it has been a mainstay of growers here in the Pacific NW for many years.
Our friend and teacher of all things relating to Turkish peppers, Mehmet Oztan of 'Two Seeds in a Pod' in W. Virginia (if you haven't visited their website we highly recommend), tells us it is probably a made-up generic name, as "aci" means hot and "sivri" means pointy in the context of this type of slender pointed peppers. He suspects it is the same pepper as "Aci Ilica" or a commercial selection of it "Ilica 256" which are both very common varieties grown by farmers in Turkey.
80-90 days. UO
Packet: ~30 seeds
Product Code: PEP-AS-pkt
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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
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.