Organic Drying Cayenne Pepper Seeds

Organic Drying Cayenne Pepper Seeds

San Diego Seed Company

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These cayenne peppers pack a kick! A great pepper for drying as they have long, thin walls that taper at the bottom. We use them all year long after growing them in the summer. An excellent choice for pickling and canning too!

Product Details

Approx Seed Count


Seed Weight

.25G, .01oz

Botanical Name

Capsicum annuum

Planting Season 


Soil Temp

65°F+, 18°C+

Planting Depth

¼”, .6cm

Area to Sow

15' row, 4.6m row

Days to Germ.


Days to Maturity


Best Planting Method


Thin to

≥2" apart, 5cm apart

Final Spacing

≥12" apart, 30.5cm apart



Plant Spread

12-24", 30.5-61cm

Plant Height

18-24", 45.7-61cm


Planting by Zones

Zones 9-10

  • Peppers are a warm-season crop in Zones 9 and 10. You can plant them in the spring through late summer. Many pepper plants can perennialize in Zones 9 and 10, but their production will diminish drastically.

Zones 2-8

  • Start inside eight weeks before the last frost. Use a heating pad to ensure good germination rates.

Planting Cayenne Pepper Seeds

  • In Zones 9 and 10, you can direct seed or transplant out your pepper seeds. We recommend you start them in early spring in starter pots and transplant them out.
  • Peppers need warm soil to germinate. If you are starting them in starter pots, a heating pad will speed up the germination process. If you are planting outside, make sure the soil is at least 80°F (26°C).
  • To direct sow, plant seeds in debris-free, well-worked soil that has been deeply watered. Cover with 1/4″ (.6cm) of finely sifted soil. The minimum temperatures at night should be no less than 60°F (15°C).
  • If you are planting seeds in starter pots, plant seeds into thoroughly moist high-quality seed starting soil. Place seeds on the top of the soil and cover with 1/4″ (.6cm) of finely sifted soil.
  • Once your seeds have germinated and are 1-2″ (2.5-5cm) tall, fertilize with an organic liquid fertilizer. When the plants are 3-4″ (7.6-10.1cm) tall, you can plant them out into the garden.
  • Space plants at least 12″ (30.5cm) apart.

Growing Cayenne Peppers

  • Peppers are easy to grow once you get them established.
  • Mulching heavily around your peppers will help with weed suppression and moisture retention.

Harvesting Cayenne Peppers

  • Harvest peppers often to encourage more production. Cut fruits from their stems; do not pull.

Growing Peppers in Containers

  • Peppers make excellent container plants. Make sure your container is at least 20″ (50.8cm) deep and provide support for the plants to grow up. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture. Mulch heavily on the top layer of soil in the pot to keep the soil from drying out or heating up too much.

Southern California Pro Tips.

  • Mulch heavily around your plants to ensure the soil does not dry out or heat up too much.
  • When growing bell peppers, using shade cloth can help diminish sunscald that can scar the peppers’ skin.

Companion Flowers/Crops

  • Interplanting flowers with your peppers will make your garden beautiful and reduce pest issues. Marigolds look stunning when interplanted with pepper plants. You can also grow zinniascosmos, and cornflowers.
  • More options for pepper companion plants are on our blog!

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