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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Serrano Chili'

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

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Hot (5,000 to 30,000 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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive melody On Nov 28, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very prolific and easy to grow. I like this pepper because even though it has planty of heat, it still has a nice flavor that cuts through the fire.

It's considered pretty hot by lots of standards, but I rate it as a meduim -hot pepper that is good for general use. I've not found it to be overwhelming in dishes and it dries to a nice crispness that makes it easy to grind into flakes.

I use it fresh or dried...great both ways.

Positive beclu727 On Nov 26, 2004, beclu727 from Dacula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great for salsa and Thai cooking (a substitute for Thai chilis). Very prolific, one plant produced at least 40-50 peppers.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 5, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An 85 day hybrid Serrano.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Irvine, California
Los Angeles, California
Menifee, California
New Castle, Delaware
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Miami, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Wilsonville, Oregon
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Kennewick, Washington

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