Red Ember Hot Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Red Ember'
Red Ember Hot Pepper fruit
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Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Cayenne Pepper
Group/Class: Hot Cayenne
Abundant yields and versatility make this variety a must have for spice lovers; perfect for containers or gardens; produces long fruits that emerge green and mature to red; ideal for sauces, pickled, dried or fresh in salsas
Red Ember Hot Pepper is an annual vegetable plant that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces large green long peppers (which are technically 'berries') with red flesh which are typically harvested when mature. The fruit will often fade to red over time. The peppers have a hot taste and a crunchy texture.
The peppers are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Planting & Growing
Red Ember Hot Pepper will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. This vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.
This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated vegetable garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Red Ember Hot Pepper is a good choice for the vegetable garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.