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Gardening 101, Cayenne Pepper, How To Grow It And Its Medicinal Uses

Updated on June 20, 2013
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To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.A fresh pod of cayenne pepper is so delicious with a tomato sandwich and a glass of milk.
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
A fresh pod of cayenne pepper is so delicious with a tomato sandwich and a glass of milk.
A fresh pod of cayenne pepper is so delicious with a tomato sandwich and a glass of milk.

Understanding Garden Pests And Gardening Tips

Keep A Journal

Be sure to keep a journal when your working with your vegetable garden. This way you can look back and over the long term you can see your mistakes. Or go back and see what that pesticide was you bought way back when for the horn worms. I label each journal by the year and I take careful notes. Be sure to write down when you plant something and when you first notice it has come up. Keep notes on when and where you first notice pests.

Draw a plan of your garden and be sure to make careful notes of what you plant where and if you have a problem with a vegetable planted somewhere in your garden make notes as to why.

Containers And Container Gardening

Cayenne Peppers are perfect for container gardening and I have two big clay pots where I grow two huge cayenne peppers every year. I start these two peppers before I do my others because I can cover these two up if the danger of frost comes up. I also feed and baby these two peppers. I am rewarded with a lot of delicious peppers.

Cayenne Pepper Contains Capsaicin

The capsaicin in cayenne pepper burns fat and this can help you to lose weight. You can buy cayenne pepper in capsules at your local health food store. Just be sure to read the labels to see what the product contains. You want as natural a product as possible with no additives or preservatives.


Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper is grown to season and flavor food and for medicinal use. The pepper was named for the city of Cayenne in French Guiana. The peppers are usually allowed to turn red and then they are picked and processed. The peppers usually have the stem removed and then the pepper is ground into powder and this is how ground cayenne pepper is made.

Cayenne Pepper Is A Wonderful Spice You Can Grow In Your Garden

Cayenne Pepper and powdered Cayenne Pepper is used in cooking spicy dishes and it is most used in Southeast Asia and in the American South. In the American South the peppers are picked and eaten raw with such things as corn bread and milk or pinto beans. The peppers are often picked green and white vinegar is heated to boiling and poured over the green peppers in jars. The jars of pickled peppers are allowed to set and in time ( 30-90 days ) the vinegar juice will get real hot from the peppers and that juice is poured over cooked greens. The peppers are eaten and sometimes green cherry tomatoes are pickled with the peppers. Louisiana Hot Sauce is also made from cayenne peppers. Louisiana Hot Sauce and melted butter is made into Buffalo Wing Sauce and if you enjoy hot spicy foods you should try some wing sauce made that way.

Some ground will produce pepper that is only mildly hot while some ground will produce some of the hottest cayenne pepper on earth. In case you don't know cayenne pepper is in the same family as bell peppers, jalapeƱo peppers and deadly nightshade.

Cayenne Pepper Can Be Grown All Over The World

Most varieties of cayenne pepper can be grown in most parts of the world and you can harvest cayenne pepper about 100 days after planting cayenne seed. Most people set out cayenne pepper plants that are already started and this way you get to harvest cayenne pepper that much sooner. You can grow a cayenne pepper plant indoors and as long as you have it planted in good soil and keep the plant trimmed up it will last for years and produce pepper for you.

You can if you wish take a needle with a long piece of thread attached to it and thread ripe red peppers on it and hang them up to dry. Once they are dry you can take off what you need and add them to cooked dishes. Just use care with how many peppers you add or you will end up with a dish that is to hot to eat.

Cayenne Pepper Is Great For Keeping Squirrels Away From Your Plants

To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

The Health Benefits Of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper helps to boost the immune system and believe it or not but its great for settling an upset stomach. It also relieves joint pain and supports healthy weight loss. It has great anti fungal properties , breaks up mucus and clears up congestion.

Its an excellent source of Vitamin A and has been proven to help improve circulation.

Cayenne Pepper Also

1. Can bring relief for a tooth ache.

2. Aids in metabolising food you eat.

3. Its an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C.

4. Has great antibacterial properties.

5. Can help cure a sore throat.

6. Aids in weight loss.

7. Contains powerful antioxidants which can help your whole body.

A large red cayenne pepper pod.
A large red cayenne pepper pod.

How to Grow Organic Cayenne Pepper in Your Home Garden

More Cayenne Pepper Information

Cayenne Pepper plants will get as high as 3-4 foot tall and you need to plant them about two foot apart. Big bushy plants will need to be staked up and given support because the wind in summer thunderstorms will break your cayenne pepper plants.You can purchase and use tomato cages for your tomato plants.

Your Cayenne Pepper needs to be grown in soil that you have prepared for the cayenne pepper plants. You need to dig down and add old compost or well rotted manure to the ground where your going to be planting your cayenne pepper plants. You also need to add 2 pound of 5-10-5 fertilizer to each 25 foot of row where you are going to be planting cayenne pepper. You need to be sure that any compost or manure you add to your garden is very well rotted or you will burn up your plants.

You will find that cayenne pepper and most peppers for that matter like well drained fertile soil. Go back when the peppers are about 3 inches long and side dress your cayenne pepper plants with more 5-10-5 fertilizer. Use about 1 pound of 5-10-5 fertilizer for each 12 plants. Keep it off the plants and don't allow it to touch the plants or the plant leafs.

People who use tobacco should wash their hands well before they handle or work with any cayenne pepper plants. People who smoke can spread tobacco mosaic disease to their cayenne pepper plants. Be careful of this. If you smoke you really should grow varieties of cayenne pepper that are resistant to the disease.

Cayenne Peppers are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, riboflavin, and magnesium. Recent studies have also found that Cayenne Pepper has great anti cancer properties. Cayenne Peppers especially red peppers have great anti oxidant properties. Research has proven that Cayenne Pepper is good for cancer prevention, heart disease, and arthritis. The antioxidants in Cayenne Pepper are great for neutralizing free radicals. In case you don't know free radicals are produced when the body uses oxygen. Unless they are neutralized they cause cell damage. If you eat a single red cayenne pepper it can supply your antioxidant needs for a day.

Be sure to wash your cayenne peppers thoroughly before you eat or process them. Peppers either hot or sweet are delicious grilled or added to other cooked dishes. Use care when chopping cayenne peppers up because if you touch your face the capsicum will get in your eyes and burn them.

Here in the United States a lot of green and red cayenne peppers are pickled. You can chop your cayenne peppers up and they will freeze and keep well.

I hope you enjoy my Hub Page on Cayenne Pepper and if you ever need any help and have questions feel free to ask. I will be by and give you the answer to your question. Thanks for taking the time to read about Cayenne Pepper. I hope it is what you were looking for.

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      John Reeder 

      4 years ago from Reedley, CA

      Good article with lots of good advice. I grew about 15 cayenne plants this past summer in Central California with great success; all my peppers did well and we still have a freezer full of the sweet peppers. My primary goal was to grind the cayenne peppers into powder to sprinkle on my food. I had already been doing this for several years and as a result, standard cayenne power was not that hot to me, but great tasting. So, this winter, I took a heap of dried cayenne and added dried Habanero chiles to the mixture at about an 8 to 2 ratio. Delicious, hotter and now the heat is subsiding and I am getting for my next mixture this coming summer. Maybe Scorpion Chiles, lol.

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      JohnM 

      4 years ago from Miami Florida

      CHG you continue to amaze me. You do some really great work. I plan on growing some cayenne pepper this year and will be bookmarking this so I can find it again. Thanks for a lot of great information in one place.

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      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for the keeping a journal tip. Will do!~

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