Growing Santa Fe Grande Hot Pepper Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
- Other Names: Santa Fe Grande chili peppers, chilies, chiles, Guero chili peppers
- Days to Maturity: 80 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: 24” tall; 3-1/2” x 1-1/2” tapered conical peppers with a blunt tip
- 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, at least 8 hours of direct sunlight
- Pests/diseases: Aphids, whiteflies, cutworms, pepper maggots, Colorado potato beetles, tarnished plant bug, Verticillium wilt, blossom end rot
- Color: Yellow to orange to red peppers; green foliage
- Flavor: Mildly hot
Heirloom Santa Fe Grande Hot Pepper Seed Growth Habits:
Growing to approximately 24” tall, the Santa Fe Grande hot pepper plant is an excellent choice for container gardens, raised beds, and small gardens. Santa Fe Grande pepper plants produce heavy yields of yellow to bright orange to red 3-1/2” x 1-1/2" tapered peppers. When well-maintained, these prolific producers can yield between 20 and 50 chili peppers per plant.
Start the Santa Fe Grande pepper seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost date for your USDA hardiness zone. Because fruit set can be affected by nighttime temperatures that drop below 60 degrees F, you may want to wait to transplant the pepper seedlings until at least 2 weeks after your last frost date.
Hot peppers love warm weather and plenty of sunshine (at least 8 hours of direct sunlight during the day), and they will produce best when the soil is kept evenly moist.
Various Uses for Santa Fe Grande Peppers:
Milder than a jalapeno, yet still providing a spicy kick, Santa Fe Grande peppers can be eaten fresh, pickled, grilled, fried, sauteed, and even stuffed and baked thanks to their large size. Great for mild to medium salsas and hot sauces.
Santa Fe Grande Hot Pepper Health Benefits:
Hot chili peppers, like the Santa Fe Grande pepper variety, provide a significant amount of vitamin C as well as other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Hot peppers also have a mild anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
Wash your hands well with soap and water after cutting or eating hot peppers. The capsaicin in hot peppers can burn sensitive skin and areas of the body such as your eyes and face.
Seeds Per Package:
- 250 mg - Approximately 35 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 4,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 16,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 64,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 320,000 Seeds