Long Slim Cayenne Pepper is an heirloom hot pepper that’s the essential ingredient for any hot sauce recipe. Compact plants reach 2-3′ tall and have excellent vigor throughout the warmer months of summer. Fruits are 5-6″ long and 1/2″ wide. Peppers will initially be green, but should be allowed to mature to red for maximum flavor and heat. Long Slim Cayenne Pepper has many uses fresh or dried. Fresh red cayenne peppers are the primary ingredient for any homemade hot sauce recipe. Once dried, cayenne pepper flakes make the best topping for pasta and pizza dishes.
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 seed. 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.
Long Slim 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: 60
Disease Tolerance: None