Hot Chili Pepper
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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Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Moderate (1,000 to 5,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Tapered

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:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Roasting

Drying

Pickling

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)

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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

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

Positive

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

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

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