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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Joe's Long Cayenne'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Joe's Long Cayenne

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Large (more than 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BarbJ On Apr 30, 2013, BarbJ from Cupertino, CA wrote:

Grew Joe's Long in a 5 gallon pot, it did very well. But in that size pot I did have to water almost every day in hot weather. This year will be growing in a 15 gallon pot.

Fairly early for a hot pepper. Lots of very long thin peppers, very productive, no diseases. Plant was about 3' tall and well branched.

When it was green I could eat it straight off the plant, raw. I often munched on these while watering the garden. When they become red they are a little hotter, better for cooking then. Fyi, my heat tolerance is a bit more than most, but I would say at the green stage these would be fine in pico di gallo salsa for most folks.
I will be growing these again this year.

Positive plutodrive On Aug 12, 2009, plutodrive from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

This pepper has very high yields in poor soil, heat and drought.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This Italian heirloom came from the Joe Sestito family of Troy, NY.

Neutral Farmerdill On Oct 8, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A long (10 inch) hot Cayenne. Open pollinated. (85 day)


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cupertino, California
Denver, Colorado
Golden, Colorado
Urbandale, Iowa
Worcester, Massachusetts
Houston, Texas

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