Pepper is a tender, warm-season vegetable. Pepper plants require somewhat higher temperatures, grow more slowly and are smaller than most tomato plants. A vast range of other garden peppers (pimiento, tabasco, cayenne, chili and paprika) may be grown for food, spices or as ornamentals.

Hot pepper varieties have also enjoyed a rebirth of popularity recently, mainly due to various ethnic cuisines that use their unique flavors and heat creatively.

This years crop!

Hot Wild Pepper from Fiji Islands - Seeds available now

We haven't heard from OJ's Chillies in a while, so we decided to post some of the photos of this years crop from another customer.

These little guys really like to grow. We're looking forward to posting photos of the blossoms and the peppers as the grow up! (literally and figuratively)

An insect repellent can be made from hot peppers!

Capsaicin the ingredient that puts the "hot" in hot peppers has been shown to be an effective repellent to insects.

Note that this is REPEL and not KILL. l.

A study done in 2002 indicated that whiteflies and mites were repelled for almost 2 months.
These studies were conducted in a greenhouse so it is highly unlikely that the spray would last for that long in an outdoor situation.

Capsaicin is likely to help control insect infestations especially mites and whiteflies.

Because it is a repellent rather than a poison, don't expect it to wipe out the pests overnight, or eradicate them for long.

Homemade hot pepper sprays will not be as effective as commercial sprays, primarily because commercial producers put more time and effort into making sprays than homeowners. Most commercial sprays include additives that allow the spray to stay on the plants for a longer period of time those homemade sprays will.