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Characteristics: Annual or perennial shrub
Seed per packet: 25
The Serrano chilli pepper is a smaller version of the jalapeno, similar in colour, but smaller, about 2.5 cm (1”) long. Serrano’s are a green colour, but ripen to red, brown, orange, or yellow. Serrano chillies typically tend to have thin skin. They don't need to be steamed or peeled before using, making it one of the easiest peppers to use for salsas. The Serrano chilli pepper can be up to 5 times hotter than the jalapeno.
Adaptable to most garden soils but prefers a well-drained, well fed soil in a sunny position. Annual in temperate climates perennial in the tropics.
Capsicums require warmth for germination, if starting early provide warmth.
Tropical: Year Round
Temperate: Early Spring to Early Summer
Cold: Mid-Spring to Early Summer
Sow: 6mm deep.
Grow in trays of a good seed raising mix and transplant when 6-7cm tall.
Germination: 10-14 days.
Plant space: 50cm
Row space: 50cm
Maturity: 10-12 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.