Fresno Chili Pepper

At a Glance Info

  Light:  Full sun

  Water:  Medium

  Soil:  Loamy, sandy soil; pH of 7.0 to 8.5 (neutral to weakly alkaline)

  Spacing:  18 - 24 in. apart

  Height:  Appx. 1.5 ft.

  Type:  Hot pepper (7,500 Scoville units)

More Information

The Fresno Chili pepper plant is an heirloom, open-pollinated variety of Capsicum annuum (pepper plant). It is an easy to grow, annual plant with medium heat fruit ripening from green to orange to red. Fruit can be harvested at any stage of ripeness, but keep in mind the peppers will get hotter as they ripen. 

Dig holes for planting about the same depth as the pot. If your plant came in a biodegradable pot, click here for biodegradable pot instructions. Use a small amount of fertilizer at time of planting if your soil does not already contain it. Once the first fruit set, begin fertilizing with all-purpose fruit and vegetable fertilizer according to package instructions. Always use scissors or a knife when harvesting fruit to avoid plant damage.

Note: It is important that you do not plant nightshades in the same location each year. Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant are all nightshades. Try not to plant sweet peppers and hot peppers near each other to prevent cross-pollination.

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