Pepper, Serrano (Capsicum annuum) - 25 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Easy to Grow
The serrano chili pepper is a quite a bit like the well known jalapeño pepper, similar in color, but smaller, about 1 to 4 inches long on average and 1/2 inch wide. They generally grow between 1 – 4 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide though they have been known to grow longer. They are meaty peppers and are not the best choice for drying, though it can be done. The serrano pepper originated in the Mexican states of Puebla and Hidalgo, in the mountainous regions. The name of the pepper, serrano, actually is a reference to the mountains (sierras) of those areas. They are commonly red, brown, orange, or yellow, though you are likely to find them in their more common green color, much like a jalapeno pepper. Serrano peppers are perfect for salsas, sauces, relishes, garnishes, making hot sauce and more. They are usually best when roasted. I personally love serrano peppers for their delicious spicy kick, either roasted, pan cooked, or fresh as a garnish. Where a jalapeno has a nice bite to it, the serrano steps it up a nice level, and has a fresh flavor similar to the jalapeno. Roasted serrano peppers are delicious and make a welcomed addition to many a meal. They’re perfect for making so many different spicy recipes, not only for the heat and flavor, but because they’re easy to grow. Serrano peppers rate 5,000-23,000 Scoville heat units.
They can be sown outdoors in early summer when the soil remains above 65 degrees F, but indoor germination is recommended. Indoors, start 6-8 weeks before planting date. Sow seeds into flat at a rate of 4 seeds/inch and then pot up into 2” or larger cells/pots after the first set of true leaves appear. For growing transplants, maintain temperature at around 75°F during the day and 65°F at night. Harden off plants by slightly reducing temperature to 60-65°F and reducing water for 2-3 days before transplanting. Peppers prefer light, well drained, moderately fertile soil with pH 6.5-6.8. Use a high phosphorus starter fertilizer when transplanting to give young peppers a good start. Keep nitrogen levels in moderation, as high amounts can reduce yields.
Seeding Depth - 1/4”
Plant Spacing - 12-18”
Row Spacing - 18-36"
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