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Cayenne Pepper Hot Mix - yellow, purple, green and orange , Capsicum annuum.

$ 2.10
SKU P18124S

Pepper - Cayenne Mix - Capsicum annuum . , Organically Grown !

Tender Annual A fiery mix of red, yellow, purple, green and orange Cayenne peppers! Use fresh in sauces or salsa or dry the thin walled fruit for pepper flakes or to flavor oil and vinegar. The seeds are not color coded.

Soil and Water: Peppers require deeply worked, well-drained soil with plenty of added organic matter and a pH of 6.0-6.8. Water deeply, but don't over water.

Planting and Growing: Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Stake to keep fruit off the ground and mulch for disease and weed control.

Harvesting and Storage: Harvest the first fruits early to encourage continued production through the season. Cut (don't pull) the fruit from the stems. Harvestable from the green stage through the color changes. Wash hands thoroughly or wear gloves when working with this fruit, as the capsaicin in the pepper is an extreme eye and skin irritant.

Did You Know? The hot flavor comes from the chemical compound capsaicin, which has shown to reduce inflammation. Cayenne and other red chili peppers are also known to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Soil Temperature: 75-85°F
Planting Depth: 1/4"
Germination: 6-15 Days
Height At Maturity: 22-30"
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 12"-24"

Height: 30 inches
Width: 18 inches
Caution: Recommend using gloves while processing these peppers. Avoid touching skin and eyes.

Life Cycle:
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.

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