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Serrano Chile Pepper Seeds

Serrano Chile Pepper Seeds

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There is a reason you see so many recipes using 'Serrano' peppers; they have the distinctive, spicy flavor required for many dishes. Try our mango-serrano pico de gallo to liven up grilled fish, or our cilantro-serrano dressing for a different twist on salad. Prolific plants will be dripping with hot peppers. 10,000-20,000 Scoville heat units (medium-hot to hot).

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  • Variety Info
  • Sowing Info
  • Growing Info

Variety Info

Days to Maturity: 75–90 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Type: Over 10000 Scoville Units, Chile Pepper (Learn more)

Native: Americas

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive perennial grown as an annual

Exposure: Full sun

Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall, 18"–24" wide

Variety Info: 2"–3" long, thick-fleshed, slender, crisp pepper turning from green to red when fully ripe. 'Serrano' is a medium-hot to hot chile at 10,000–20,000 Scoville heat units.

Attributes: Frost Sensitive, Good for Containers

Sowing Info

When to Sow Outside: For Mild Climates only: 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, when soil temperature is at least 70°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before transplanting. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F. Transplant seedlings outside 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when daytime temperatures are at least 70°F, and nighttime temperatures are at least 55°F. Mild Climates: May be sown in late summer for fall/winter crop.

Days to Emerge: 10–25 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: Start indoors

Row Spacing: 24"–36"

Thinning: Start indoors, plant seedlings 18" – 24" apart outside

Growing Info

Harvesting: Serranos may be harvested either green or red. When harvesting, take care to avoid touching the interior of any broken peppers, as the capsaicin is an extreme irritant, especially to the eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after harvesting or wear gloves to harvest peppers.