Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper (Margaretta's Mistake)
Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper (Margaretta’s Mistake) (Capsicum annuum) In the summer of 2007, my retired ‘new to gardening’ neighbour Margaretta mistakenly grew this pepper, thinking it was a Banana Pepper, to be used as a pickler, however, it did not disappoint. I was very impressed with the heat of what was actually a Hungarian Hot Wax pepper, described as a medium hot pepper on her seed packet. I insisted that she allow me to save the seeds from several plants. We have grown this strain ever since, thanks to “Margaretta’s Mistake” This variety can be hotter than a jalapeno, testing up to 15,000 Scoville Heat Units whereas most jalapeno’s never push 8,000! These plants yield consistent conical shaped fruit that grow 5-6 inches long. Plants are compact but can support many of these lovely bright yellow waxy fruits without staking. Fruit will darken to an orange-red crimson hue if left to mature on plants. A very versatile pepper with a big kick of heat. Thanks Margaretta!
Scoville heat units (SHU): 5,000 – 15,000
70 days to maturity
25 seeds per packet $3.95
Planting Instructions: Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Sow 1/4 inch deep and keep soil warm. Transplant into 1 inch cells or 2 inch pots at 1-2 leaf stage. Staking tomatoes (indeterminate) should be transplanted into 3-4 inch pots. Harden off plants for 4-5 days after risk of frost has passed, then transport outdoors.