Heirloom Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annuum) fruits turn bright-red when ripe and are very hot. Great for making sauces or your own chile powders. Compact plants — 2 feet tall — are vigorous and very productive. (75 days)
Note: In 1652 Nicholas Culpepper, an English botanist, referred to cayenne as “this violent fruit” and wrote that it was useful for helping digestion and curing dimness of sight.
Each packet contains approximately 25 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.