Spice up your garden with a few of these plants, and you’ll have an excellent addition to salsa, chili, hot sauce and more! With full sun and a sturdy support, Cayenne Peppers (Capsicum annuum) will reward you at harvest time. Plants will grow about 2-ft. tall and produce slender 10-12-in. fruit. Learn How to Grow Peppers here.
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.