Lhasa Tibet Chile Peppers
Traditional Chile Peppers: Tibetan Lhasa
In early spring, start indoors about 2 months before night temperatures stay reliably 50-55°F (10-13°C). Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix. Keep moist but not soggy, and very warm 80-85°F (27-30°C). Provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant outside. When seedlings are 2 inches tall, transplant into deeper individual containers. Maintain at 70-75°F (21-24°C). Feed with half strength fertilizer every week until weather is warm enough to gradually acclimate seedlings to outdoor conditions. Transplant 2 feet apart into rich soil in full sun.
Chiles need warm conditions; don’t transplant outdoors until night temperatures stay securely above 55°F (13°C). Prepare soil well with aged manure or compost. Plant only robust seedlings with well-developed roots. Mulch plants to maintain even soil moisture. Keep well weeded, watered and fertilized.
HARVEST AND USE
Harvest when chiles have a high gloss and are ripened to rich deep red. Use these great tasting, fiery hot chiles fresh for chile sauce or paste, making fresh salsas, in stirfries, marinades or dry and chop for spicy chile flakes. To dry for year-round use, either use a dehydrator, or harvest individually and string from the stem end to hang in a warm, airy location.