Tabasco Chili Pepper

At a Glance Info

  Light:  Full sun

  Water:  Medium

  Soil pH:  6.0 to 8.5 (weakly acidic to weakly alkaline)

  Spacing:  18 to 24 in. apart

  Height:  2 - 3 ft. tall

  Type:  Hot pepper (5,000 Scoville units)

  Fruit Size:  1.5 - 3 in. long

More Information

The Tabasco pepper plant is an heirloom, open-pollinated variety of Capsicum frutescens. It is an easy to grow, annual plant with hot fruit that is red when ripe. Please be aware of the pH requirements, noted in the At a Glance Info.

Always wear gloves when handling the fruit, even if the fruit is green. It can burn your skin especially if the pepper is cut open.

If growing in a container, choose one that is 5 gallons or larger. Otherwise, dig holes for planting twice the width and slightly deeper than the depth of the pot the plant came in. If your plant came in a biodegradable pot, click here for biodegradable pot instructions. Use a small amount of fertilizer at the time of planting if your soil does not already contain it. Once the first fruit set, begin fertilizing 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.

Please contact us if you have any questions about this plant.