Growing Hybrid Garden Salsa Hot Pepper Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
- Other Names: Garden salsa chili peppers, chilies, chiles
- Days to Maturity: 73 days
- Hardiness Zone: All USDA zones when grown as an annual garden vegetable
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 12-24” in rows; 14-16” in raised beds
- Row Spacing: 2-3’
- Growth Habit: 36-40” tall; 7-8” tapered peppers
- Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained loamy soil; slightly acidic to neutral pH
- Temp Preference: 60-75 degrees F at night; below 90 degrees F during the day
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Aphids, whiteflies, cutworms, pepper maggots, Colorado potato beetles, tarnished plant bug, Verticillium wilt, blossom end rot
- Color: Bright green to bright red peppers
- Flavor: Hot
Garden Salsa Hybrid Pepper Seed Growth Habits:
Garden Salsa pepper plants are vigorous growers with resistance to tobacco mosaic virus. Hybrid Garden Salsa pepper plants provide high yields of 7” to 8” tapered peppers when cared for properly.
Maturing after approximately 73 days, Garden Salsa pepper seeds should be started indoors 8 to 10 weeks prior to your last frost date. When transplanting outdoors, be sure to choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. The soil should be slightly acidic to neutral and be well-draining.
Evenly moist soil and a consistent watering schedule can help prevent blossom end rot.
Various Uses for Garden Salsa Peppers:
With medium hot flavor, Garden Salsa chili peppers are often used to make salsas, but they can also be sauteed, pickled, cooked into sauces, or chopped and worked into fresh green salads.
Garden Salsa Pepper Health Benefits:
Providing high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants, Garden Salsa peppers can be eaten as part of a healthy diet. The capsaicin in Garden Salsa hot chili peppers is anti-inflammatory, which may help some people with pain management.
When cutting or otherwise preparing Garden Salsa peppers, be sure to avoid touching your face and eyes, and wash your hands with soap and water immediately after working with them. The capsaicin that gives hot peppers their spicy flavor can also cause a burning sensation on the skin that is particularly painful on sensitive areas.
Hot peppers originated in the tropical regions of Central America and South America. They were first introduced to Europeans when Columbus brought them back to Spain in 1493. While they are more often grown as an annual plant, hot peppers can be grown in frost-free tropical zones as a perennial.