I had a 50% germination rate on these, and it took 8 days before the first seed germinated at 85F. Word of advice, this plant needs time to grow. It wants to grow tall and doesn't want to give peppers until its tall, so start it early inside to give it a head start. This year it grew to be 65 inches tall from soil to canopy top but could have grown larger if a larger pot was used. The one plant yielded a pepper mass of 414 grams over the growing season but it could have been more (hence why i recommend starting early). The cayennes have a nice flavor and are about 3 inches in length. The one thing that really surprised me was the cold resistance of this plant! I live on the border of hardiness zone 8/9 and, while all my other plants have died, this plant still has green leaves with ZERO winter care. Pretty good considering there's been many 20F nights.
Same issues as the person below me. My parents have a small garden that they are kind enough to let me plant all of my crazy hot peppers and other peppers in general into. Kind of a family hobby. My parents both grew up growing gardens and have never had a whole pack of seeds fail to germinate. Which is exactly what happened on this batch. Everything else we have ordered from Pepper Joes has been absolutely stellar with 100% satisfaction. All of the other seeds we purchased did very well with high success rates.
I ordered these seeds and not one germinated. I called Pepper Joe's and being the quality organization that they are - they sent me another pack and these still have not germinated 28 days later, either in my pots or on paper towels both methods on a heat mat.
I have started my own seeds for 62 years so I am not a newbie to seed starting.
The other seeds I ordered from Pepper Joe's germinated just fine and in fact, I started some dollar store pepper seeds at the same time using the same methods and had about 65% germination, so I am convinced it is definitely the seed.
I will wait a couple of years before I try them again.
Pepper Joe's will continue to be my "go to" for pepper seeds.