Named after a state in Mexico, the Tabasco Pepper was made famous being the key ingredient for the hot sauce brand made in Louisiana. Tabasco plants produce loads and loads of small, 1-2″ peppers that are initially green and mature to a beautiful orange-reddish color. Flavor is optimal when harvested at the dark red stage. Plants will grow wide, tall and produce continuously throughout the warm growing season. In zones where frost doesn’t occur, these plants grow as perennials. They’re also great to grow in containers and move inside during frost nights. Plants naturally deter pests, diseases and are fairly maintenance-free. Tabasco Pepper registers at 30,000 to 50,000 scoville on the heat scale. It makes the perfect pepper for fermented hot sauce or pepper sauce for greens.
Peppers are in the nightshade family along with tomatoes and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Peppers do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. Peppers grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date.
If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting peppers, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Peppers can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Tabasco Pepper Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 90
Disease Tolerance: None