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Charleston Pepper Seeds

Charleston Pepper Seeds

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One of the most sought-after peppers in the United States, the Charleston hot pepper is a very popular Cayenne variety with amazing growing qualities and an incredible flavor. This variety came from plant pathologist Phil Dukes, whose 12-year-long development of this pepper was met with widespread acclaim and high demand.

Once you get your hands on these pepper seeds, growing them is fairly easy, as these pepper plants reach about 2-3 ft. tall and produce high yields of fresh peppers per plant. The rainbow colors start out yellow-green, then golden yellow, bright orange then deep red when it ripens. It is about 20 times hotter than the typical Cayenne (about 70,000 to 80,000 Scoville Units) and can be grown anywhere in the USA.

The Charleston pepper has a neutral (peppery) flavor that makes it wonderful for drying and grinding into a nice chili powder to use on any food. These hot peppers can also be used as an addition to soups and salads, as well as infused in homemade hot sauces and even salsas.

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  • Heat Level:
  • Plant Size: 3 ft.
  • Pod Size: 5 in.
  • Days to Harvest: 90 - 99 days
  • Origin: USA
  • Species: Annuum
  • SHU: 70,000-100,000

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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Glen U.
Worth the Challenge

This will be the 3rd year for Charlestons in our garden. Year 1 was better than last year for productivity, but they are so delicious that it is worth the effort to figure out the best growing methods. Charleston is My FAVORITE cayenne by far (and, with the added heat, a little goes a long way).

Getting Started

So, you've received your seeds and are wondering what's next? At Pepper Joe's, we're committed to equipping you with everything you need to succeed in germinating the pepper seeds you've chosen. Our mission is to introduce you to a diverse array of pepper varieties, setting the stage for an exciting and rewarding gardening experience. Let's dive into the essentials together.

  • What You'll Need

    Soil and Tray Method

    Seed Starting Supplies 
  • Plant your Seeds

    1. Pre-saturate your seed starting soil mix. Ensure the seed starting mix is fully saturated prior to planting your seed.
    2. Make a ¼-inch hole in the center of each seed starting cell. A #2 pencil eraser is a great tool for making these holes.
    3. Place your seed and cover gently with soil.
      You can plant up to 4 seeds per cell to help ensure successful germination.
  • 4. Place your heat mat under  your base tray and your humidity dome on top. For best results, set your temperature controller between 75 - 80 degrees.

    5. Place your plant light above the seed starting tray and turn on. Refer to the plant light manufacturers instructions for the optimal distance. Plant light should remain on for 14 to 16 hours per day.

    6. Enjoy watching them grow! See our full instruction page below for more information.

    Starting Peppers from Seed