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Hot peppers range from mildly zippy to truly fiery, invigorating salsas, soups, and sauces with rich, complex flavors. Use hot peppers fresh, roasted, dried, or pickled. Hot pepper plants are colorful additions to the summer garden or in containers, and thrive in the full sun.

Poblano hot pepper seeds - Garden Seeds - Vegetable Seeds VG00336

POBLANO PEPPER Hot Pepper Seeds (OP) 75 days

Elongated heart-shaped, mild-flavored with just a touch of heat, deep, shiny green Poblanos are the perfect stuffing pepper. When ripened to a dark crimson red and dried, they are quite a bit spicier and called Anchos. Fruits range in size from 4 to 6 inches in length, and the productive plants grow to 30 inches tall.

40 seeds - $1.99
Jalapeno Gigantia hot pepper seeds - Garden Seeds - Vegetable Seeds VG01143

JALAPENO GIGANTEA Hot Pepper Seeds 68 days

Good yields of flavorful, moderately hot, 5 inch fruits for eating fresh, grilling, or making salsa. Large size, and thick walls make this the ideal jalapeno for stuffing. We love ours filled with cream cheese.

25 seeds - $2.49
Big Jim hot pepper seeds - Garden Seeds - Vegetable Seeds VG01109

BIG JIM Hot Pepper Seeds80 days

8 inch long, 2 inch wide, thick-walled peppers, provide classic chile flavor, are only mildly hot. 'Big Jim' is excellent fresh, roasted, or fried, is a popular choice for rellenos. The 2-3 foot tall plants are extremely productive, and all fruit ripens at the same time. One of the best pepper varieties for freezing. "Big Jim" is able to set fruit under hot, dry conditions.

100 seeds - $1.99
Apache Patio hot pepper seeds - Garden Seeds - Vegetable Seeds VG09808

APACHE PATIO Hot Pepper Seeds65 days

A superb container or window box variety, this attractive, 18 inch tall, heavy yielding variety produces tasty, 2-3 inch chili peppers that ripen from green to bright red.

10 seeds - $2.49
Cayenne Long Red Slim hot pepper seeds - Garden Seeds - Vegetable Seeds VG00145

CAYENNE, LONG RED SLIM Hot Pepper Seeds (OP) 75 days

The 6 x 3/4-inch, red, wrinkled fruits are very hot. Dried and crushed they are sprinkled on noodles and pizza, and used to make fiery, hot sauces.

100 seeds - $1.99
Cubanella Hybrid hot pepper seeds - Garden Seeds - Vegetable Seeds VG09807

CUBANELLA HYBRID Hot Pepper Seeds75 days

Fried, grilled or roasted, these giant 11 inch long, 2 inch wide peppers deliver exhilarating flavor with just the right balance of sweet-hot zest. An Italian type pepper that is especially popular in Caribbean and Puerto Rican cooking. Fruit ripens from green to scarlet, on vigorous, bushy, heavy bearing 30 inch plants.

20 seeds - $2.99
Habanero Orange hot pepper seeds - Garden Seeds - Vegetable Seeds VG00147

HABANERO ORANGE Hot Pepper Seeds (OP) 90 days

Japanese lantern-shaped fruits mature to golden-orange and are up to fifty times hotter than jalapenos. A great addition to salads and dips - but it should always be used with caution and handled with care. Needs a long season to mature. Very prolific. Germination can be erratic, unless provided warm soil.

30 seeds - $1.99
Habanero Red hot pepper seeds - Garden Seeds - Vegetable Seeds VG11196

HABANERO RED Hot Pepper Seeds (OP) 95 days

Japanese lantern-shaped fruits ripen bright red, can be hotter than 'Habanero Orange.' Great in salads and salsas. Its pungent, smoky quality is unlike other peppers. The plentiful fruit requires long season to mature.

30seeds - $ 1.99
Big Bomb pepper - Vegetable Garden Seeds. VG09076

BIG BOMB Hot Pepper Seeds65 days

Beautiful strawberry shaped, 2 inch lipstick red fruits are early, uniform and moderately pungent. They are excellent for pickling or adding spice to any recipe. The vigorous, high yielding, disease resistant plants are widely adapted.

10 seeds - $3.99
Numex Joe E. Parker Anaheim Chile organic hot pepper seeds - Garden Seeds - Vegetable Seeds VG00353

ANAHEIM CHILE Hot Pepper Seeds (OP) 65 days

Organically grown. This may be the best all-around mild chile. Tapered 6-7 inch fruits have thick, flavorful flesh which is delicious eaten fresh, or in salsa or fajitas. Very high yielding. An improved version of Numex 6-4.

30 seeds - $2.49
Early Jalapeño organic pepper seeds - Garden Seeds - Vegetable Seeds VG09810

EARLY JALAPENO Hot Pepper Seeds (OP) 60 days green, 80 days red

Organically grown. Compact, 2 foot plants set fruit in relatively cool conditions, making them a good choice for cold climates or earlier crops. Moderately spicy, 2 to 3 inch peppers with thick walls are great for eating fresh, grilling, or making salsa.

25 seeds - $1.99
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How to Plant HOT PEPPER Seeds

Start indoors in cell packs or flats, 8 weeks before the last anticipated frost. At 70-90° F., germination is in 8-25 days. When the soil has warmed to at least 60° F., transplant into the garden 18-24 inches apart.