Growing Serrano Tampiqueno Pepper Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
- Other Names: Serrano chili peppers, serrano chilies, serrano chile seeds
- 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: 30-36” tall; 1/2” x 2” slender 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, mosaic virus, blossom end rot
- Color: Dark green to bright red peppers
- Flavor: Hot
Heirloom Serrano Tampiqueno Pepper Seed Growth Habits:
Serrano Tampiqueno pepper plants grow to approximately 30” to 36” tall and will continuously produce slender red peppers once the first fruits reach maturity in 80 days.
While they are perennials native to the tropical areas of the Americas, hot serrano pepper plants grow in most USDA hardiness zones as an annual during each zone's frost-free growing season. To maximize the harvest, Serrano Tampiqueno pepper seeds should be started indoors 8 to 10 weeks before your last frost date. Transplant into a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight, and keep the soil evenly moist.
The relatively compact growth habit of Serrano Tampiqueno pepper seeds allows them to be easily grown in containers, raised beds, and gardens with limited space.
Various Uses for Serrano Tampiqueno Peppers:
Thanks to their heat and flavor, Serrano Tampiqueno peppers are often used in pico de gallo and salsa, but can also be cooked or pickled. A very popular hot pepper variety for making Mexican food.
Serrano Tampiqueno Pepper Benefits:
When eaten in moderation, serrano peppers can be a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Plus, like most hot peppers with a higher level of capsaicin, serrano chili peppers can have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
The capsaicin that gives hot peppers their heat can cause burning sensations on the skin when you're preparing and cutting the peppers. Many chefs where gloves while cutting hot peppers to avoid direct contact. Whether you choose to wear gloves or not, remember to avoid touching your face and eyes after cutting into a serrano hot pepper, and wash your hands with soap and water after you're done.
Seeds Per Package:
- 1 g - Approximately 140 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