Approximately 165 seeds per gram. Capsicum annuum Lot# PH31325 Serrano Tampiqueno is a very sturdy bush plant that, under ideal growing conditions can grow as high as 1.5 m (5’). We average about 66-81 cm (26-32") tall with a spread the reaches 45-66 cm (24-26”) wide. These are a very prolific pepper plant. The peppers are fairly small pods that average 5-8 cm (2-3") long and 2.0 cm (3/4") wide, but they can pack a wallop and are at least 4-5 times hotter than the Jalapeno M pepper. The peppers are an emerald green that hide extremely well in the emerald green foliage until they mature and turn a brilliant glossy red. The hide and seek game is over then. A very popular pepper used in salsas, sauces, soups and stews.
Start indoors 6-10 weeks before your last spring frost. Sow 4-5 seeds 6 mm (¼”) deep in 10 cm (4”) pots and cover lightly with soil medium and keep soil moist but not too wet. We keep under lights at a temperature of 26.7-29˚C (80-85˚F). Germination rates can vary drastically from 10 days to 21 days. Thin seedlings to 2-3 per pot. Once seedlings develop their second set of true leaves, prune the first set of true leaves. Pruning the leaves forces secondary growth and creates a bushier plant. We do this on several leaf sets. If seedlings become too leggy, place them in a cooler location. This will slow them down and make their stems thicker. Transplant seedlings when soil has warmed up to 15.6-18˚C (60-65˚F). Plant transplants 45-61 cm (18-24”) apart in rows or blocks each way.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose and well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 5.5-6.8
Planting Depth: Sow seeds 6 mm (¼) deep.
Germination: 10-15 days.
Height at Maturity: Plants reach 66-81 cm (26-32") tall. Compact bush habit. Spread can be 45-66 cm (24-26”) wide.
Days to Maturity: 85-90 days.
Watering: Peppers require about 2.5 cm (1”) of water per week. Allow water to completely soak the soil 15-20 cm (6-8”) deep. This will ensure good growth, whether vegetables are grown in single hills or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week will help supplement how much you should water your garden. Soil should remain moist.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: Plant transplants 45-61 cm (18-24”) apart in rows or blocks each way.
Additional Information Serrano Tampiqueno peppers are moderately hot with their 8,000-22,000 SHU rating. They are a very flavorful pepper with a kick. With this pepper you will know your mouth is on fire- but you will still not require a fire extinguisher. Slice them up and freeze them in a container for use as fresh peppers on pizza and soups or use a dehydrator and dry them. We freeze and dry all our peppers for a variety of uses. Harvesting “Hot Peppers” is task that is best completed wearing latex or rubber gloves to prevent any accidents. Hot peppers contain organic chemicals called capsaicinoids which can burn sensitive skin, your eyes, your mouth, and other sensitive areas. Use a good pair of scissors to cut the peppers from the bush. Picking them off usually will result in breaking off branches. To prolong a pepper harvest, cut peppers from the plant regularly.