Chili pepper 'Paprika'

Capsicum annuum longum group

How to grow Chili pepper 'Paprika'

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Paprika is generally regarded as a tender plant, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date. Paprika needs a loamy and sandy soil with a ph of 7.0 to 8.5 (neutral soil to weakly alkaline soil).

Growing Paprika from seed

Sow at a depth of approx. 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) between Chili pepper plants. For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 18°C / 64°F.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Paprika about 38 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Paprika

As with other peppers they need warm day temperature to be in the 70’s and 80’s F. Transplant your pepper seedlings on a cool and, if possible, cloudy day. If they still get transplant shock water them. I try to transplant mine in the evening so they have the cool night to recuperate.

Paprika is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Harvesting Paprika

Paprika peppers will be ready for harvest in 45 to 55 days from blooming.

Chili pepper Paprika Etymology

The word paprika derives from the Hungarian paprika, which is a variation on the Serbo-Croatian papar (pepper), which in turn was derived from the Latin piper or modern Greek piperi.1 In the United States, the term paprika simply means any nonpungent red chile, mostly New Mexican pod types that have had their pungency genetically removed. In Europe, however, paprika has much greater depth, having not only distinct pod types but also specific grades of the powders made from these pod types.

Paprika folklore & trivia

Grown in Europe possibly as far back as 1529.1

Other Names for Chili pepper 'Paprika'

Hungarian spice