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 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.