Cayenne Pepper Herb Garden Growing Guide

Growing Cayenne Pepper Herb Seed

  • Days to Maturity: Annual, 75+
  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Planting Depth: 1/4"
  • Plant Spacing: 15-18”
  • Growth Habit: Upright
  • Soil Preference: Well-drained
  • Temp Preference: Warm
  • Light Preference: Full sun
  • Color: Green
  • Flavor: Hot and peppery with a tinge of sweetness

Sowing and Growing

Start indoors in a sterile seed starting mix, keeping the temperature above 70℉. Once the plant has 6-8 true leaves and a well established root system, harden off until the pepper plants can remain outside throughout the night. Some seeds can take 3-4 weeks to germinate. Transplant in large containers or raised beds. Water thoroughly—especially on the extremely hot days of summer. Make sure the plant receives lots of sun.


Harvest cayenne peppers when they are red yet still firm. Use fresh in sauces or to add flavor to meats or vegetables. Thread the peppers on a string and hang to dry until they are brittle. Grind and store in a mason jar.

Explore these Cayenne Pepper Seed Varieties: