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Mulato Pepper belongs to the species Capsicum Annuum.

Image of Mulato Pepper plant at Google

The Mulato pepper belongs to the species Capsicum annuum (Capsicum annuum).

• It is a mild to medium chile pepper.
• It is closely related to the poblano (ancho) and sold dried.
• The Mulato’s color while growing is dark green but becomes red to brown on maturing.
• The dried Mulato is flat and wrinkled and brownish-black in color.
• The average length of the Mulato is about ten centimeters and about five centimeters wide.
• Its shape is wide at the top which tapers to a blunt point.
• Mulato is known to taste somewhat like chocolate or licorice.
• It has undertones of cherry and tobacco.
• Its heat rating is 2,500 to 3,000 Scoville units.

Growing/Caring conditions for Mulato pepper
• 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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