Chilli (Serrano) Seeds
VEGE-CHIL-5-1Regular price $2.20
If you are a Mexican cuisine lover and want to grow the best chillies for Mexican salsa, then Serrano Chilli plants are a good choice for you! Urban Bounty Serrano Chilli Seed packets contain approximately 90 seeds - you won't need any more than this for a small garden.
About Serrano Chilli Plants
Serrano Chillies originated in Mexico and are named after the Sierra mountain range. They are similar to a Jalapeño but longer and spicier. (Serrano chilli peppers can reach up to 10cm long and 1cm wide). This plant is perfect for a tropical garden.
Serrano Chilli plants can grow between 0.5 and 1.5 metres tall in the right conditions, but they still work well in a large pot. They are a productive Chilli variety, producing up to 50 chilli pods at a time.
Culinary Uses for Serrano Chillies
Serrano chillies have a hotter, spicier flavour than Jalapeño, reaching 10,000 – 23,000 on the Scoville heat scale. The young green chillies are bright and fresh, while the more mature red, yellow and orange chillies are sweeter and smokier.
Serrano chillies are traditionally used in Pico de Gallo, or 'Rooster's Beak'Salsa - a Mexican favourite that is now enjoyed around the world. We love them roasted, in our favourite Texan hot sauce, or spicy pickles. More adventurous cooks could try them in a pineapple or strawberry fruit leather.
Growing Conditions - Serrano Chillies
Serrano Chillies love lots of sun, good ventilation, and rich, well draining soil. Leeks, onions, chives and shallots are good companion plants for chillies, as they deter aphids. They are not frost/cold tolerant, and struggle in wind, so stake your seedlings and plant them in a sheltered spot.
Chillies are hungry plants, so they need lots of plant food - compost, slow release manure pellets, seaweed and worm tea are all good options. They also need consistent water (2 - 3 times per week at the base of the plant).
Wash your hands thoroughly after working with your chilli plants - chilli oil can easily be transferred to hands or anything they touch...with dire consequences!!!!
What type of climate do Serrano Chillies prefer?
Chillies need lots of sun, and lots of warmth. They won't tolerate frost or snow, so these plants are best grown in the warmer parts of New Zealand. Plant in late spring or summer, when the soil has warmed up. If you live in a cooler part of New Zealand, you could try growing them in a pot placed in a sunny, sheltered and warm place.
Growing Instructions - Serrano Chilli Seeds
- Direct sow or transplant: Late spring - late summer
Transplant: Late spring - early summer
Spacing: 60 cm apart
Sowing depth: 5mm (barely cover with soil)
Germination: 8 - 20 days
Keep soil moist but not soggy
- Harvest: 80 days from transplant