Fresno has been experiencing a little boomlet in popularity in the past couple of years, showing up on menus throughout New York restaurants and on the tip of patrons’ tongues. Grows and looks like a jalapeño, but with less heat and a slightly thinner, sweeter flesh. Pick when fully red and ripe for the best flavor.
- Date: Start Indoors March 1-April 15, Transplant May 15-June 15
- Planting Depth: ¼ in.
- Special Instructions: These chiles need it hot. Make sure to keep soil temperature above 80 degrees when starting these chile seeds indoors. Keep seed starts close to a radiator or space heater or use a greenhouse heating pad.
- Germination Rate: 76%
- For Raised Beds: Space plants 12 in. apart, leaving 18 in. spacing between rows. Stagger rows to increase number of plants per bed.
- For Containers: Plant in a deep container measuring at least 2 gallons.