Habanero (Capsicum sinense 'Hot Paper Lantern') in the Peppers Database

Heredity: Open Pollinated
Days to harvest: 80 days

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Plant Height: 3 feet
Plant Spread: 1 foot
Leaves: Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: 70º F
Days to germinate: 14 to 21 days
Depth to plant seed: barely cover seeds
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Hot Paper Lantern

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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Nov 16, 2018 12:56 PM

We bought starts for these after the habaneros I started from seed were a fail. These did well for us and produced better than any habaneros we've planted before. We got a generous harvest of nice sized peppers that came ripe early. We made a few jars of delicious hot sauce out of them!

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Posted by DanCarmona (Fort Wayne, Indiana - Zone 5a) on Jan 21, 2012 8:30 AM

Capsicum: sinense
Origin: Peru
PI: 315008
Flower: stellate, small, bell-shaped
Petals: white
Spots: no
Calyx: Almost toothless
Pods: green>purple>scarlet red,1" X 3" L
Seed: yellow-brown
Leaves: large, uneven
Plant height: 18-24"
Maturity: 95 Days
Habit: bush
Scoville units: 100,000-300,000
Germ. Time: 3 wk. >.3 mo.

This elongated Red Habanero type is renowned for its mouth-blistering heat. The plants are relatively compact and sprawling compared to other Habanero varieties and produce excellent yields of 3-in x 1-in pendant fruits, which ripen from lime green to a bright iridescent scarlet red approximately 90 days after transplanting. The Paper Lantern is heavier yielding than other habaneros.

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