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Padrón Pepper (Heirloom 60 Days)

Heirloom. Brought back from South America by Spanish monks in the 16 century, over the last 400 years they became a favorite in the Northwestern region of Spain. What makes this pepper interesting is that only a small percentage, 1 out of 20 of the small ( 1-  1 ½”) peppers are considered hot. Is it hot or is it not? You don't know until you try one! Customarily they are fried in oil and served as tapas. Mature peppers elongate with a conic undulating shape; pick them green, small or big, or leave them on until they turn red. They have flavorful spice to them, not too much, less than a jalapeño with the mature reds having a sassy sweetness. The plants were highly productive for us, harvesting a few gallons from 2 plants.

20 seeds  


Caspsicum annuum

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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    Beatrice C.
    United States United States

    Padron pepper

    Very tasty! Hardy plants, nice looking.

    Osualdo G.
    United States

    Pimientos de Padron

    Seeds grew just as per the directions. Out of twenty some seeds I planted only one did not sprout. It will be a few weeks before the plant matures but when they do I will publish my results.

    mela w.

    Hot Saute-Mild Pepper

    My friend brought these with her on her last visit. She fried them hot with EVO in a small cast iron pan until they had lots of little black spots. Quickly then into two small dishes to eat. Only one was too hot for us to eat. They are tasty and delicious. Tender too.