Long Thin Red Cayenne is one of the best known hot chili peppers. It is a very productive plant that grows upright on a solid bush type habit and reaches about 45-66 cm (18-26") in height with a spread that reaches 40-45 cm (16-18”) wide. The plant produces high yields of thinly curved and straight emerald green peppers that mature into a wrinkled bright red fruit. Both green and red peppers are hot, although the red ones are going to be the hottest ones. Peppers average 10-15 cm (4-6") long, and 12 mm (½") wide at the shoulder. The thin skinned peppers are easily dried out on strings and processed into a powder when dry. Caution should be exercised with these peppers. (30,000-50,000 SHU)
Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. Plant in well-draining soil in a warm, sunny location after the danger of frost has passed. Space plants 30-45cm (12-18”) apart. Peppers prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0-6.8. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Water regularly, making sure the soil stays moist but not waterlogged. Harvest peppers when they reach full size and have reached their mature color.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil. Soil pH: 6.0-6.8. Planting Depth: Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. Germination: 7-14 days. Height at Maturity: 30-90cm (12-36”) tall. Days to Maturity: 60-100 days. Watering: Keep soil evenly moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun. Spacing after Thinning: Space plants 30-45cm (12-18”) apart.