Growing Hot Long Slim Cayenne Pepper Seeds
Although not technically an herb, we include it in this booklet because it has so many herbalistic properties, making it an essential component to your herb garden as a whole.
Days to Maturity: Annual, 75+
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Planting Depth: ¼”
Plant Spacing: 15”-18”
Growth Habit: Upright
Soil Preference: Well-drained
Temp Preference: Warm
Light Preference: Full sun
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 degrees. Once the plant has 6 to 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 to 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.