Arapaho Cayenne Pepper is a hybrid, hot pepper variety that is early-maturing and can be harvested 10-14 days before standard cayenne pepper varieties. This is a high-yielding variety with fruits that average 8-9″ long at maturity. The plants are compact, but will benefit from a trellis support as they become loaded with fruits.
Arapaho Cayenne Pepper is a great variety for frying or making salsa. The fruits are initially green and mature to a deep red, where the flavor is the most pronounced. These peppers have thick walls and are moderately hot (2,000-4000 Scoville units) with sweet tones.
Peppers are in the nightshade family along with tomatoes and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Peppers do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seeds. Peppers grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date.
If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting peppers, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Peppers can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Arapaho Cayenne Pepper Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 80
Disease Resistance: None