A hot and spicy pepper, but not so hot you'll need to call the fire department.  First ripe fruit takes 65 to 72 days from transplant. Glossy foliage minimizes water loss and contributes to low water needs for this plant.  Fruit sets and matures quickly once ripe fruit begins to present. Fire Away Hot and Heavy has a Scoville value of 2100.  Jalapenos are generally considered to measure between 2500 and 8000 Scoville units. The pepper has quite a bite, along the lines of what you would get with a mild Jalapeno.

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Heat Tolerant

Deadheading Not Necessary


Plant Type:  Annual 

Height Category:   Medium 

Garden Height:  16 - 24 Inches 

Spacing:  12 - 24 Inches 

Spread:  12 - 18 Inches 

Foliage Colors:  Green 

Foliage Shade:  Glossy Green 

Habit:  Upright 

Container Role:  Thriller


Light Requirement:  Sun

Maintenance Category:  Moderate

Bloom Time:  Grown for Foliage

Hardiness Zones:  10a, 10b, 11a, 11b

Water Category:  Average

Uses:  Container Landscape


User Notes: 

A hot pepper that works well in landscapes and containers.  It may need trellising to maintain upright habit.  Fruit transitions from geen to orange to red, with multiple colors represented on the plant at the same time.  Fruits can be harvested when they begin to show good color and are fully ripe when solid red.  Taste is pleasing if picked before full maturity. If you are growing this plant in a container, a 12" diameter (3 gallon volume) is the minimum necessary size. The ideal size would be a 14" to 18" (5-7 gallon) container.


Maintenance Notes: 

Easy to care for.  It loves heat and will thrive through the summer months. Fruit can be harvested until first frost.

Fire Away Hot Pepper Seeds