68 days from transplanting. Pencil-thin cayenne peppers are used
fresh in hot sauces and chilies, dried or
ground for cayenne pepper or red
pepper flakes, as a flavor in oil &
vinegar, and strung on a string as an
attractive southwestern style decoration
called a ristra. Plants producing either
yellow or green peppers that turn to a
dark red are decorative in the garden
with what seems like hundreds of
peppers on each plant.
30,000-50,000 Scoville Heat Units (hot).
This packet yields approximately 24 plants started indoors.
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost when air temperature is at least 70°F and soil temperature is at least 65°F.
When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before average last frost. In USDA zones 9 & 10, can also sow in midsummer for fall crop.
Harvesting: Harvest when peppers are 1" - 6" long. When harvesting, take care to avoid touching the interior of any broken peppers, as the capsaicin is an extreme irritant, especially to the eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after harvesting, or wear gloves to harvest peppers.
Artist: Pat Fostvedt