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Capsicum annuum 'Charleston Hot'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Charleston Hot

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to orange

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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DanCarmona On Nov 29, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Charleston Hot
Capsicum: Annuum
Origin: South Carolina, USA
PI: 640825
Scoville units: 70,000-100,000
Blossom end shape: pointed or sunken
Fruit position and shape: pendant, curved
Fruit size and color: 4-6" green > reddish orange
Calyx shape: cup shaped, toothless
Flower: erect, stellate
Petals/Spots: white/none
Filament color: white
Anther color: blue
Habit: sturdy, tree-like bush
Stem: smooth
Leaves: medium, glabrous
Maturity: 85 days
Plant height: 18-24"
Germ. Time: 1 wk > 2 mo.
Uses: sauce, dried, crushed

Developed by the USDA at Clemson University in South Carolina. 'Charleston Hot' has a short, erect plant habit. The plants are vigorous, uniformly branched, and reach a height of ~45 cm at Charleston, S.C. The foliage has a yellow-green color, as opposed to the green foliage color typical of 'Carolina Cayenne'.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 10, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Developed by the USDA at Clemson University in South Carolina. It is advertised to be straight to slightly curved because it is a Cayenne, (but much hotter) and 4 to 5 inches long and 3/4 inch across. It matures from green to yellow to orange. Plants are 18 inches tall. It is reported to contain 100,000 Scoville heat units, which is more than twice the heat of a typical Cayenne and about 1/3rd of the heat of a Habanero.


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

Drexel, North Carolina

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