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PlantFiles: Sweet Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Pimiento de Padron'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Sweet (0 Scoville Units)
Mild (1 to 1,000 Scoville Units)
Moderate (1,000 to 5,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" 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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Early (55-68 days)

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sherilou On Jan 24, 2013, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Pimiento de Padron is a healthy, fast-growing plant that was very quick to produce tasty little peppers (when cooked). It's constantly producing peppers, which makes it very fun and rewarding to grow. The stems are uniquely long, making them perfect little "handles" for eating these peppers as fried tapas. I purchased my seeds from Trade Winds Fruit. Excellent germination rate, too!

Positive WillowWasp On Jul 5, 2009, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have used these in all stages from sweet to hot. I like them a bit warm when making piminto cheese and these have just the right kick.

Very good as an ornamental plant

Positive cactusman8 On Jun 13, 2009, cactusman8 from San Marcos, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Plant is very healthy and productive. 2 or 3 plants will keep an average family supplied with peppers for delicious tapas all summer long. Best when picked green and 2-3 inches long. They will become steadily hotter as they grow larger and redder. They even have nice long stems which serve as handles when eating them after sauteeing in olive oil. Highly recommended. My source for seeds was Johnny's.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 2, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

55 days, an heirloom from Spain. Small, sweet chili-size peppers; about 20% will be hot.


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

Escondido, California
Menifee, California
Menlo Park, California
Oceanside, California
San Jose, California
Panama City, Florida
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Freeport, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Marcos, Texas

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