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Fire Away® Hot and Heavy Hot Pepper Capsicum annuum

  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Summer
Mature Size
2' 18"
16" - 2'
12" - 18"
  • Details



    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.

    Award Winner
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    16 - 24 Inches
    12 - 24 Inches
    12 - 18 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Glossy Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Uses 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.

  • 10 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • What a cool plant this is! Every seed germinated quickly. When the seedlings were about 4” tall, I put them in a large pot to grow outside. They have a trailing habit and look amazing with lots of peppers that range in color from green through orange and deep red. They would be attractive in a hanging basket or window box. They’re a bit too hot for me to eat, but I love using them in bouquets and will also try making some critter repellent with them.

      Elfin Forest Flower Lady
      , California
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I had great luck growing these pepper plants from seed this past spring. For the first time. I used a grow light system, which helped with extra growing time here in Pa. My plants look fantastic and are producing a lot of peppers. Can't wait for them to turn red. I don't care if they are hot or not. They will be great to eat.

      Valerie Dedmon
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Grew this from purchased seeds. The fruit produced was nothing like it was supposed to be. A very mild, long pepper similar to a wax pepper is what grew on all 6 plants I started. When I contacted PW the response was just “these peppers have more variety than we thought.” To bad these were the only “hot” peppers I was growing again. Disappointed, especially for the high price for only about 15 seeds per pack.

      Rhiannon Allen
      , Tennessee
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I didn't have any luck with this pepper. Not one seed germinated. I started many other types of peppers with no problem.

      Melissa Cash
      , California
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I wasn't able to get these to germinate. I started one set by the instructions and another set I tried the milk jug method, neither gave me seedlings :(

      Casey Jones
      , Colorado
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • This pepper plant has a great all around performance from the foliage to the changing color of the peppers. A bit hotter than a Jalapeno but satisfying when used in recipes where you want that kick but nothing overpowering. Grown in a container the size is a bit contained but never the less still a bushy pepper plant with a prolific amount of peppers. Very disease resistant even when transported in a humid trailer, in and out of sun, and then back again, it performed great and showed no signs of being unhealthy. Definitely will plant again as it is still producing will into late summer.

      Ambrose Salazar
      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I had lots of tasty peppers from this plant!

      Jennifer Winship
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 2 years ago
  • 12 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2020 Perfect Score All Season Oregon State University
    2019 Top Performer - Early Season Michigan State University
    2019 Perfect Score all Summer Oregon State University
    2019 Top Performer South Dakota State - McCrory Gardens
    2019 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2019 Leader of the Pack - Early Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2019 Top Performer University of Tennessee - Knoxville
    2019 Top Performer Cornell University
    2019 Top Performer Penn State
    2019 Top Performer Louisiana State University - Hammond Research Station
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