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Capsicum annuum 'Fresno'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Fresno

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Moderate (1,000 to 5,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral mystic On Aug 4, 2007, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), 2006 Award of Garden Merit.

Positive BDale60 On Jul 26, 2006, BDale60 from Warren, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very attractive and prolific jalapeno-type pepper. Heat level was at the high end for jalapeno, but moderate level in the category of hot peppers (e.g. compared to a Thai pepper or habenero). We only grew it for one season (last year) but our experience was quite positive. Very uniform quality of mature peppers, relatively early ripening, and useful at the green stage if you can't wait until red color appears. But I'd suggest waiting for the red stage. The bright, uniform, fire engine red color is dramatic and appealing. We will grow this one again.

Positive Hot4peppers On Apr 26, 2005, Hot4peppers from Sheldon, IA wrote:

These were much more attractive than the jalapenos I usually grow, with a similar heat, and produced an abundant quantity -- also faster than my other varieties. Perfect for salsa.

Neutral Farmerdill On Oct 14, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Available from Seeds of Change which offers this description: "Direct from Mexico, a perfect pepper for medium hot salsas. Long, 2-3 in. upright fruits go from green to red when ripe. (75 days)" Introduced in 1952


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ceres, California
Clovis, California
Fresno, California
Morgan Hill, California
Sheldon, Iowa
Myrtle Point, Oregon
Warren, Pennsylvania

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