(82 days) Open-pollinated. Anne Elder gets 200 of these little “sweeties” per plant, “cute little compact treasures full of heat.” Its small conical peppers ripen to bright red and stand erect above the foliage so fetchingly that it’s grown “in the trade” as a red and green Christmas potted plant. However, devotees of hot cuisine prize its sparks. Early pinching will produce a bushy 8" plant that can be pulled, roots and all, and hung to dry for winter use or grown inside for ornamental and edible enjoyment. Thai Hot checks in around 25,000-40,000 Scoville units.
Very tender, will not tolerate frost, dislike wind, will not set fruit in cold or extremely hot temperatures or in drought conditions. Start indoors in March or April. Set out in June. Black plastic highly recommended. Row cover improves fruit set in windy spots. Pick first green peppers when they reach full size to increase total yield significantly. Green peppers, though edible, are not ripe. Peppers ripen to red, yellow, orange, etc.
Minimum germination soil temperature 60°, optimal range 68-95°, optimal temperature 80°. Emergence is 13 days at 68°, only 8 days at 77 or 86°. 70% normal seedlings at 59° increases to 98% at 77°.
Seed-saving tips: Use only the first fruits for seed; allow only 3–4 fruits per plant to grow and remove all others. Fewer fruits = larger seeds = greater seed viability. Later fruits often have germination rates of only 60%.