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Ancho Hot Pepper (Heirloom 80 Days)

Heirloom. This is the primary Poblano-type pepper. It is nearly the size of a regular bell pepper but flattened and pointed at the end. An attractive shiny green with a thick flesh which makes it ideal for stuffing. Pungency is generally quite mild and green although it will eventually redden.

20 seeds  


Caspsicum annuum var. 'Poblano'

Germination: 10-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF. Cooler soil temperatures slow germination time.

Seed Sowing Depth: ¼” deep

Starting Indoors:  8-10 weeks before the last frost. Sow in flats/cells/pots. Provide 75-85ºF soil temperatures. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer (diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement). Transplant seedlings 18-24” apart after the last frost.

Sowing Outdoors: Not recommended, especially in northern areas

How much does a packet plant: 20-25 foot single row  

Harvest: Use a sharp instrument to cut the peppers from the plant. Pick the first fruits when they reach usable size, this helps accelerate the growth of the other peppers on the plant. Leave some peppers on the plant to mature so they can change color and sweeten up.

Tips: Pinch off early flowers or tiny fruit on any seedlings before placing them in the ground. Plant in fertile soil, amend with compost if needed. It helps to use row cover early in the season, giving the plants extra warmth, especially in the north. Side dress when flowers begin to form.

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Steven C.
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Nacho peppers


Eric W.
United States United States
Anchos are great!

Anchos are the best! I have had these before and am growing them for a second season. Great flavor and prolific. Plants and seeds like it when it is warm. Always a great company! A favorite for many years. I know people are frustrated with shipping times now, but I ordered earlier in the year and it had a very quick processing time. Seed germination was great and I started them in March. A late start to the year will have them out in the garden next week! Plants are doing well inside the house and their daily move to the outdoors for sun when weather permits.

Pinetree Garden Seeds Ancho Hot Pepper (Heirloom, 80 Days) Review
United States United States
Second time was the charm

Excellent, large peppers with a nice kick. First time I tried these, the plants were enormous, but few large peppers. This time was great. Plants were a bit smaller but the fruit was large and abundant.

James P.
United States United States

Largest pepper plant I’ve ever grown. The fruit is large and fairly thick-walled so it is easy to roast and peel. We have frozen fresh, roasted and frozen and roasted and canned them. Excellent flavor. The best part is that they grow well in New England.

Pinetree Garden Seeds Ancho Hot Pepper (Heirloom, 80 Days) Review
Ginger D.
United States
Wet Spring

I don’t know how to rate them because the peppers haven’t been planted outside yet. They have been under lights & fed fish emulsion. Just recently are hardening off even though they are relatively small plants.