One of the easiest hot peppers to grow, the Apache F1 pepper is an attractive, compact plant which will produce a seemingly never-ending supply of little, conical-shaped fruits. A dwarf variety, the Apache is perfect for the patio or container garden.
|Germination||7 - 14 Days|
|Sowing Method||Indoors Sow (trays)|
|Days to Maturity||80 Days|
|Height||18 - 24 inches|
|Greenhouse / Polytunnel||Recommended|
|Scoville Rating||70,000 – 80,000 SHU|
|Recommended Soil pH||5.0-6.0|
[80 days] A UK garden staple, the Apache F1 is one of the most common and easiest to grow peppers found in British home gardens. It’s small and compact (growing only to about 35-50 cm tall), yet can produce over 100 pods in a single growing season! The seeds are easy to germinate and the fruits are medium-hot and tasty. And as for size, the Apache is so small that some folks grow them on their kitchen windowsill.
The Apache is an ideal pepper to get started with early, as it will produce the whole growing season long (assuming you keep picking the pods). In the kitchen, Apache peppers are quite versatile and can be used fresh or dried and are great for deep freezing.
If you’re new to growing chilli peppers, this may be the variety for you. It’s super easy, great tasting and quite prolific.
Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit
Select a sunny location where other members of the Solanaceae family (tomatoes, potatoes, etc.) have not been planted recently and in soil that is well drained and slightly acidic (pH 5.5-7.0).
Starting Indoors: Sow ¼” deep into well-draining seed starting mix 7-10 weeks before your last frost. Place in a bright, sunny location or supplement with artificial light. For ideal germination, soil temperatures should be between 80-85F. Without added heat, the seeds can take up to two weeks to germinate.
Once your seedlings have 2-4 true leaves, transplant into a larger container and apply a good feed.
Transplant outside or into permanent pots once the soil has warmed – no colder than 50F at any given time. Harden off gradually before transplanting.
Plants should be set 12-24” apart, in rows 24-36” apart, or spaced about 14-16” apart in raised beds. Peppers like to be planted fairly close to one another, so that there is slight contact between them. This variety also does well in large containers.
For optimum fruit set, peppers need a steady supply of water and stable temperatures. If nighttime temperatures reach below 60 F or above 75F, fruit set can be greatly reduced. Mulching is a great way to maintain heat and preserve soil moisture. In greenhouses, you can help maintain high humidity by damping down paths daily. Make sure to spray the foliage, as it will help set the fruit.
Once fruit starts to form, the Apache pepper does best with a lot of feed. Choose organic fertilizers that are high in phosphorus, potassium and calcium. Too much nitrogen can deter fruit growth.
Harvest chillies singly by cutting them individually from the plant. Alternatively, you can pull up the entire plant when it’s full of red peppers and hang it upside down in the kitchen for use all year round. Chilli peppers grown outdoors must be harvested before the first frosts.