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).
I received as a free sample with the purchase of other pepper seeds from pepper joes. I planted 5 seeds, and 1 made it. Just getting my first peppers now after about 3 months, but these look awesome!
I planted these in August 2019 and an now starting to enjoy the peppers. Out of the four or so types I planted, this was the first to produce ripe fruit. The bushes do not grow anywhere as tall or as wide as the habenero/Bubblegum peppers that I also am growing-but they are really laden with peppers, given their relatively small girth.
The peppers have a great flavor with just enough heat to put a smile on even the most fervent pepper head. About 4 of them in a pot of food gives great flavor. They are also just mild enough to slice and put in sandwiches, although that may be a bit much for most folk.
The peppers are chock full of seeds, so I will start another batch within the next couple months.
The only caveat I have is that these plants were very, VERY sensitive to foliar spray with calcium. I gave all my plants a rinse of calcium nitrate, and both of the charleston plants showed severe leaf burn the next day, while all the other ones seemed to thrive with the extra calclum shot. One of the affected plants died off, while the other one is slowly recovering. I am certain it was the spray that caused this as it turned healthy dark green leaves into crisp yellow ones that started off as tip burns within hours of application. Previously I had given them foliar sprays of organic fertilizer and they showed no ill effects from that-but the calcium was the kiss of death.
Bought these seeds, put them in my special dirt and waited on them to germinate. Now the plants are about 14" high and starting to bush out and are very pretty plants. I cant wait till they produce and I'm eating peppers!
One seed out of 10 germinated. Weak.