Chili pepper 'Charleston Hot'

Capsicum annuum longum group

How to grow Chili pepper 'Charleston Hot'

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Charleston Hot is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Charleston Hot needs a loamy and sandy soil with a ph of 7.0 to 8.5 (neutral soil to weakly alkaline soil).

Growing Charleston Hot from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.2 inches (0.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Charleston Hot about 38 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Charleston Hot

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Charleston Hot is a tender plant.

Harvesting Charleston Hot

Chili pepper Charleston Hot Etymology

Developed in 1993 by USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists in Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston Hot folklore & trivia

The pepper variety named “Carolina Cayenne” was developed at the same time.

Charleston Hot peppers are the main ingredient in Holy City Heat, a sauce made by Atlantis Coastal Foods, based in Charleston.

Holy City Heat is also being marketed for retail sale through the Mo-Hotta Mo-Betta catalog.

Misspellings of Chili pepper 'Charleston Hot'

Charleton, Charletson

Other Names for Chili pepper 'Charleston Hot'

Chile Pepper, Hot Pepper, Cayenne


Excerpts from: Sean Adams “Charleston Hot sizzles to market”. Agricultural Research.

February 25, 1993, All Things Considered, NPR