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Facing Heaven Pepper – is also known as pinyin in Chinese.




Image of Facing Heaven plant at Google

The facing heaven pepper or Capsicum annuum var. conoides is also known as pinyin in Chinese and means skyward-pointing chili pepper.

Overview
– This variety is a cone-shaped, medium-hot chili pepper.
– The skin is very thin and the length is between 3 and 6 centimeters and 1 to 2 centimeters in diameter at the base.
– This pepper was originally from Sichuan province in Southwest China.
– The name comes from the fact that it grows upside down.
– The dried chili is often added to dishes whole.
– When lightly fried in oil it turns radiant red.
– Upon frying it loses enough of its heat to allow for it to be eaten as whole.

Growing/Caring conditions for Facing Heaven
– Sow seedlings indoors.
– It prefers well-drained soils, such as silty or sandy loams, and 800–2,000 mm (31–79 in) of annual precipitation.
– Sow them late spring to early summer.
– A soil ph of 7.0 – 8.5 is good for this plant.
– The plant requires full sun.
– This plant needs temperatures to be at least 64 degrees F to germinate.
– Sow those eight to ten weeks before the last frost date for your area.
– They are a difficult in germination and seedlings grow slowly at first.
– Provide bottom heat or heat lamps to raise the soil temperature to 80 degrees.
– This will promote better and quicker germination.
– A heated germination mat works well.
– While your seedlings are growing, get your garden ready.
– Add plenty of compost, manure, and a general fertilizer.
– Peppers like hot weather.
– Transplant young seedlings outdoors after the last chance of frost.
– If the weather is still cool, delay transplanting a few days.
– Keep them in a cold frame, indoors.
– Space 18-24 inches apart, in rows 24 to 30 inches apart.
– Mulching around the peppers to keep down weeds, retain moisture, and help to feed the plant.
– As the peppers develop, use a fertilizer higher in Phosphorous and Potassium.
– Providing too much nitrogen will result in a great looking bushy, green plant, but few fruits.
– Peppers can be picked as soon as they reach a size which is edible.
– Continuous harvesting encourages the fruit to produce new flowers.
– Spider mites and aphids are the most common problems.
– An occasional borer insect is also known to attack this plant.
– Try an organic insecticide or dust.
– Fungal infections can be treated with fungicides. Apply treatment as soon as you see it.
– Potential pests include aphids, white flies, cutworms, pepper maggots, and Colorado potato beetles.
– Diseases include Verticillium wilt and mosaic virus.
– Frost will stunt or kill the plants.
– Cold weather can cause the plant to slow down or stunt it.
– Use a hot cap in on cold and frosty spring nights.





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