|'Chicken Heart', also known as 'Hinkelhatz' is an heirloom variety pepper with fruit measuring a little over 1 inch long, and bulbous, like the organ after which it is named.
C. annuum are prolific, but don't ripen until late in the season. The 2 feet high bushes bear two varieties of pepper, one yellow and one red. When selecting varieties, it is important that you look for a variety that has TM in the name or that is specified as being tobacco mosaic resistant. Peppers, sweet or hot, are tender perennials grown as annuals. Hot peppers have several flowers growing in the angle between the leaf and stem, where sweet or bell-type peppers have only a single flower. American peppers are members of the Solanaceae family along with potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant. Plant peppers when soil temperatures are above 65 degrees. Only hot peppers do well when temperatures are above 90 degrees. Ideal day temperatures are around 75 degrees by day and 62 degrees at night. Though peppers can be grown from seed, they are best planted from transplants. Set out transplants 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost date in your area. Soil should be high in organic matter so that it has moisture holding capacity, but drains readily. As with most vegetables, fertilize midseason, but no more. Over-fertilization will cause all shoot and no fruit growth.