Fire Away® Hot and Heavy Hot Pepper | Proven Winners

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
  • Edible
  • 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
  • Uses Notes: A hot pepper that works well in landscapes and containers.  It may need trellising to maintain an upright habit.  Fruit transitions from green 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.

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