The Basket of Fire pepper variety was named a 2018 Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Tech University horticulturalists after a year of field trials around the state.
Russell Plowman, horticulture instructor, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, and Texas Superstar Executive board member said the Basket of Fire pepper lives up to its Texas Superstar status.
The Basket of Fire pepper is an annual plant bred especially for hanging baskets, but it also serves as a good edible ornamental pepper for beds, vegetable gardens or containers, he said. It grows to 12-14 inches tall with a 20-inch spread with white, star-shaped blooms and fruit that matures from a creamy yellow to orange and finally red. Fruit sets typically last 90 days, Plowman said.
Plowman said the pepper will thrive in cooler temperatures and in extreme heat and low humidity. It prefers full sun and adapts to most soils, but needs good drainage.
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