Cayenne SWEET, Pepper Seeds -Capsicum annuum
The thin-skinned fruits start off green, colouring to orange and finally maturing to a rich red. Growing up to 12" (30 cm) in length the fruits taper from 2 cm (¾") in diameter to a fine point. Very often the fruits curl and twist making them even prettier! Very heavy cropping, they can be harvested at any stage and are perfect for using in stir fries or raw in salads.
The plants grow to around 4 feet (120 cm) in height with a spread of around 2 feet (60 cm). Growth can be a little lax and so good support is recommended - especially when weighed down with fruit.
- Origin: USA.
- Sweet Chilli Pepper.
- A Cayenne Chilli with none of the heat!
- Gorgeously sweet curly red fruits are produced in abundance.
- Fruits grow up to 12" in length and have thin skins.
- no heat!
CULTURE:Peppers thrive in well-drained, fertile soils with a pH of 6.5. Abundant phosphorus and calcium is needed for the best results.
GROWING SEEDLINGS:Sow seed in 20-row or shallow flats, 4 seeds/in., 1/4" deep, in late March or about 8 weeks prior to transplanting. If possible, maintain soil temperatures at 80-90°F (27-32°C). Pepper seeds germinate very slowly in cooler soil. When the first true leaves appear, transplant seedlings into 2" cell-type containers or 4" pots. Grow plants at approx. 70°F (21°C) day and 60°F (16°C) nights.
COLD TREATMENT:Exposing the seedlings to controlled cold treatments can increase the number of flowers and fruits. When the third true leaf appears, grow the plants at a minimum night temperature of 53-55°F (12-13°C) for 4 weeks. The plants should receive full sunlight. After 4 weeks adjust temperature to 70°F (21°C) day and night. If this technique is used, peppers should be seeded 1-2 weeks earlier than usual.
TRANSPLANTING:Transplant out after frost when the soil is warm and weather is settled. Ideal seedlings have buds, but no open flowers. Set plants 12-18" apart in rows 24-36" apart, or 2 rows on poly/paper mulch, 18" between plants. Water-in transplants using a high phosphorus solution.