Fresh or dried, in sauce or powder, the mild hot flavor of Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annuum) has been prized by gardeners since the 1700s. You can have them in your own garden, with plants producing green fruits in 65 days (from transplant) and red in 85 days. Excellent production from these slim beauties that grow up to a foot long!
Note: Portuguese traders carried these pungent fruits around the world, with evidence of its cultivation in home gardens beginning in 1771.
Each packet contains approximately 50 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Crops require full sun, fast draining soil and regular water. Peppers grow best when temperatures are warm and need substantial heat to set fruit. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost or, depending on your climate zone, sow directly in the garden after the soil has warmed. Allow 1-1/2 feet between plants in all directions; provide support for varieties that grow over one foot tall.
Harvest fruits early and often — the more you pick the more they will produce. Always cut — do NOT pull — fruits from plants. Most varieties can be eaten when green or under-ripe, however, the flavor improves as plants mature.