Cayenne Pepper,Purple/Black -Capsicum annuum,HEIRLOOM ,OPEN POLLINATED - Gorgeous and tasty, Organically Grown !
The cayenne pepper—also known as the Guinea spice, cow-horn pepper, aleva, bird pepper, or, especially in its powdered form, red pepper—is a hot chili pepper used to flavor dishes.
Cayenne Purple -Hot And Beautiful
Beautiful Cayenne Purple Peppers are impressive not only for their appearance but also for their delicious taste. Plants produce good yields of green peppers that turn purple, then red in the last stage of maturity. Great used fresh, pickled, dried, or ornamentally.
Packet – 50 Seeds for $1.95
LG. Packet -200 Seeds for $ 2.95
(Capsicum annuum var. annuum)
Cayenne Purple Pepper seed - Heirloom, Open Pollinated
Scoville Heat Unit rating of 30,000 to 50,000 (for reference bell peppers have a rating of 0 Scoville Heat Units, and Habanero peppers have a rating of 350,000 to 500,000 Scoville Heat Units)
Both the plants and peppers are gorgeous. The plants have purple / black stems, and are covered with green peppers which turn to dark puple / black when ripe. Plants will produce reliably all summer long if the peppers are kept picked. Good for eating fresh, fried, or dried to make your own pepper flakes or add to your own herbal seasonings.
Fruit: Green to red, curved banana shaped, 6-8 inches long, wrinkled.
Taste: Hot, 30K-50K SHU
Cuisine: Dried, pickled, hot sauce, seasoning for hot dishes.
Disease Resistance: Good
Maturity: 75 days
Type: Hot cayenne
Plant Shape: upright
Height: 30 inches
Width: 18 inches
Caution: Recommend using gloves while processing these peppers. Avoid touching skin and eyes.
Zone 8 or lower: Grow as annual
Zone 9 or higher: Perennial
Starting Seed Indoors:
Start 8-13 weeks prior to the date you move plants into garden in your area.
Planting depth: 1/2 inch
2-3 seeds per 1x1x2" cell (LengthxWidthxDepth).
Transplant into pots at 4-6 weeks. Pots 6" tall work well.
Planting Bed Specs:
Soil Temp: + 65˚F.
Hole depth: 8-10 inches. As a rule of thumb, make the hole 2+ inches deeper than the height of the root ball. This allows for 1 inch of loose soil above and below the roots.
Spacing: 18" apart.
Planting depth: Bury root ball and up to 1" of stem.
Tilling: Optional but does improve drainage and helps roots grow.
Light Requirements: Full Sun. Peppers like heat but a string of days in the 90's will often halt blooming and pepper development. This stress can take a week or more to recover from delaying and reducing harvest. Woven shade cloth supported above the plants by poles is used by some growers to moderate sun exposure.
Watering: Without rain, peppers need watered well 1 - 2x per week depending on how hot it is. Your soil type will also affect water needs. Carefully observing the plants and how long your soil remains damp is the best way to learn how to manage your unique conditions. To prevent fungal disease water late morning or early afternoon so the sun will quickly dry the leaves and stems. If you must water on cool, cloudy days, wet the soil below the plants, ie. keep the leaves dry.
Harvest: To avoid injuring plants, carefully cut or snap off fruits along with a short piece of stalk.
Your Health: A rich source of vitamins A and C.