Chilli (Serrano) Seeds


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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

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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