Sun: Full sun
Harvest Size: 1.5 inches round
Days to Harvest: 75 to 80
Plant size: 24 to 36 inches tall, 18 inches wide
Scoville heat units: 5,000 to 15,000 (medium)
Hot Red Cherry peppers offer full-bodied flavor and moderate heat with sweet undertones. Plants bear profusely, yielding cherry-shaped green fruits that ripen to red if left unpicked. Cooks consider the small, fleshy peppers to be extremely good for pickling, preserving, and eating out of hand.
Take care to avoid garden mix-ups of Hot Red Cherry and Sweet Red Cherry peppers you may grow. Plants grow well in summer, continuing to yield and ripen fruit even in heat.
Plant in spring to early summer starting anytime about two weeks after the last spring frost. Peppers are very cold-sensitive. If you like to plant a little early to start harvesting earlier, be prepared to protect plants from possible frost and keep them a little warmer with a row cover.
Plant spacing: 18-24 inches apart in rows 30 inches apart; 12 to 18 inches in intensive gardens. One plant per 18-inch container. Plants per person: 2 for fresh use; 4 to 6 for pickling or canning.
Packet includes approximately 25-35 seeds.