Peppers are long season heat loving plants grown as annuals for their special flavor. Use these serranos in any dish where you want some added heat. Can be overwintered in mild climates to bloom again in the spring, if grown in this manner they will perennialize.
Hot Pepper - Serrano
- Planting: Plant seedlings in fertile in full, direct sun in well-drained soil (can be amended with compost or worm castings 2 weeks before planting). Wait until nightly temperatures are above 60°F to plant your seedlings out into your garden. Space your plants 12 to 18 inches apart. For greater production, consider growing the peppers under a light row cover or greenhouse plastic, under a garden cloche, or in 5 gallon pots (or larger) inside a greenhouse, as these peppers LOVE hot summers.
Watering: Water seedlings fequently and deeply when first planted to prevent transplant shock. Once plant is well established, stick to a consistent watering schedule.
Harvesting: You can harvest serranos when they reach 2" to 3" in size, for spicier peppers wait to harvest until you see light brown scars on the skin. It is highly recommended to harvest or pinch off the first few fruits or buds you see to encourage greater budding and fruiting.