The Fresno Chili pepper originates from around the Fresno, California area- who would have guessed it? These sturdy and erect plants can grow between 45-61 cm (18-24") tall and 41cm (16”) wide. Each plant will yield between 24-30 peppers. They start off green and finish to a mature glossy fire engine red. Peppers are on average 5 cm (2”) and 2.5 cm (1”) wide at the shoulder. Fresno peppers closely resemble the shape and size of a Jalapeno pepper. They are considered a mild pepper with a 2500 – 10,000 SHU rating. Mild heat and great flavor.
Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. Plant in well-draining soil in a warm, sunny location after the danger of frost has passed. Space plants 30-45cm (12-18”) apart. Peppers prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0-6.8. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Water regularly, making sure the soil stays moist but not waterlogged. Harvest peppers when they reach full size and have reached their mature color.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil. Soil pH: 6.0-6.8. Planting Depth: Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. Germination: 7-14 days. Height at Maturity: 30-90cm (12-36”) tall. Days to Maturity: 60-100 days. Watering: Keep soil evenly moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun. Spacing after Thinning: Space plants 30-45cm (12-18”) apart.