The Cottage Gardener

Heirloom Seedhouse & Nursery

Preserving the Past. Protecting the Future

The Cottage Gardener Online Catalogue

We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.



Pepper, Hot

  1. A Description of Hot Peppers

    History: Peppers are native to Central and South America and have been grown there for over 7000 years. Columbus, thinking he had found the East Indies when he landed in the West Indies, assumed that the hot fruit he was introduced to was the highly-valued black pepper from that region and so, in yet another case of mistaken identity, gave it that name. Returning with Columbus to Europe, their popularity spread until they came to North America with the early settlers. Cultivation: Peppers are heat-lovers and need to be started indoors to produce fruit in this climate. Sow seed 1/4-1/2" deep in soil-less mix in flats 7 - 8 weeks before last frost. Harden off & plant out 18-20" apart when temperatures and the soil have fully warmed. Companions: basil, oregano, parsley, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants.

  2. Endangered; Sustainably-Grown
    Aurora Hot Pepper

    Endangered; Sustainably-Grown

    (60 - 75 days) We're thrilled to have this variety back in our selection! A beautiful, dwarf pepper (10-12"), perfect for containers and therefore for apartment dwellers. Very ornamental, its foliage is purple and green, above which sit upright 1.5" fruits that ripen from lavender to deep purple to orange and finally to red. Medium-hot.

  3. Rare; Sustainably Grown
    Black Hungarian Hot Pepper

    Rare; Sustainably Grown

    (70 - 80 days) A beautiful Hungarian heirloom that is highly ornamental, with its purple-veined foliage, purple flowers and 3-4" fruits that start out black and ripen to red. Plants grow to 36". Medium-hot, great flavour.

  4. Rare; Sustainably Grown
    Bulgarian Carrot Hot Pepper

    Rare; Sustainably Grown

    (70 - 80 days) A very hot pepper, this plant produces a heavy crop of long fruit that resemble carrots in shape, and turn a vivid yellow-orange when ripe. Good for salsas, chutney and roasting. Growing to 18" tall, this plant would be good for containers.

    1. Pkt - 35 seeds: 3.49
    2. Trade Pack - 105 seeds: 6.98
  5. Endangered; Sustainably-Grown
    Cyklon Hot Pepper

    Endangered; Sustainably-Grown

    (80 days) A Polish heirloom that produces long, tapered red fruits that are flavourful and quite hot. They dry very easily and are used as such throughout Poland. Very productive.

  6. Certified Organic
    Early Jalapeno Hot Pepper

    Certified Organic

    (70 days) Prized for its heat. Early Jalapeno is an easy pepper to grow. The plant's compact size (2') makes it an excellent candidate for urban gardening, and it matures very early, setting fruit under cooler conditions than most other hot peppers. The short, 2-3" fruits are thick-walled and juicy and are great eaten fresh, cooked, dried, and in salsa. Although we're used to using them green, they're actually hottest when they ripen to a deep red.

  7. Endangered
    Fish Hot Pepper


    Pre-1870. (80 days). We're really thrilled to be able to offer this very rare variety again. This is a colourful African-American heirloom that is absolutely astounding, from the variegated foliage to the 3" long fruits that ripen from cream with green stripes to orange with brown stripes to finally red. It acquired its name from its use as the secret ingredient in seafood dishes in the Baltimore area - "secret" because it was used at its cream-coloured stage, so therefore couldn't be seen. Medium-hot.

  8. Rare; Sustainably Grown
    Hot Portugal Pepper

    Rare; Sustainably Grown

    (65-75 days) Pre-1935. Long, thin, bright-red fruit are very hot and produced abundantly on sturdy plants. An heirloom from Portugal.


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