Ancho/Poblano Chile Pepper Seeds


This packet sows up to 20 plants when started indoors.
3.1111111111111 out of 5 stars
(9 reviews)
Availability: Out of Stock
One of the most popular chiles in Mexico! The green, 3"-6" poblano is most often stuffed with cheese or meat for chiles rellenos (recipe inside this packet), and the dark, reddish-brown dried ancho is used in a variety of sauces, such as the traditional "mole poblano". 1,000-2,000 Scoville Heat Units (mild).
$2.49 25 seeds

Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum

Days to Maturity: 65–75 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Americas

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive perennial grown as an annual

Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall, bushy plant

Variety Information: 3"–6" long, 2" wide, dark green turning to reddish-brown when mature. "Ancho" means "wide", referring to the broad, flat, heart-shaped dried pod. Poblano is the fresh, green form of the chile, mildly hot at 1,000–2,000 Scoville heat units.

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: For Mild Climates only: 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, when soil temperature is at least 70°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before transplanting. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F. Transplant seedlings outside 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when daytime temperatures are at least 70°F, and nighttime temperatures are at least 55°F. Mild Climates: May be sown in late summer for fall/winter crop.

Days to Emerge: 10–25 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: Start indoors

Row Spacing: 24"–36"

Thinning: Start indoors, plant seedlings 18" – 24" apart outside

Harvesting: Harvest when peppers are dark green to reddish-brown, 3"–6" long and 2" wide. When harvesting, take care to avoid touching the interior of any broken peppers, as the capsaicin is an extreme irritant, especially to the eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after harvesting or wear gloves to harvest peppers.

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Ancho/Poblano Chile Pepper Seeds Reviews

9 reviews

Ancho/Poblano Chile Pepper

1 out of 5 stars May 31, 2020
some germination but slow growth and die.
jerry from CO
Owner Response: Thank you for leaving a review. Quality is very important to us. Our seeds are tested frequently by a third-party laboratory to ensure the germination rate exceeds both federal and our own standards. Once seeds germinate they start making energy from the sun and nutrients in the soil, so if we see them germinate and then have issues we want to look at the environment, including potential pests or diseases for clues. peppers, in particular, need very warm soil to germinate (70-90 degrees F) and in cooler soil, they will either fail to germinate or on the cusp of the ideal temperatures they can take a very long time and have poor germination overall. Our horticulturist is sending you an email to see how we can help. Thank you.

Best pepper ever!!!

5 out of 5 stars Jan 30, 2021
I had 90% plus germination rate with these peppers and production was amazing! Many of the plants had more than 20 peppers each. During the end of season I harvested a wheelbarrow full of peppers not to mention all that we eat and dryed during the season. The flavor is just as amazing as the germination and production.
Kie VanderSys from MI


5 out of 5 stars Aug 22, 2021
Germination rate was almost 100%. They grew really well after transplanting and the peppers are delicious! Perfect balance of sweet, spicy and smoky.
Tam from KS

Great Results!

5 out of 5 stars Nov 14, 2021
These seeds germinated quickly and grew into lovely, productive plants. I had so many peppers from two plants that I was giving them away to everyone who visited!
Carol from TX

Small but tasty

5 out of 5 stars Nov 15, 2021
Great germination. These peppers were very tasty but on the small side. Of course, this could be attributed to my growing them in a large pot instead of planting them in the ground.
Rakesh from TX

not good

1 out of 5 stars Jan 24, 2022
I bought the bucket seed packages when I started a new bucket garden last year. The pepper seeds really never grew well and were disappointing. I replaced them in June with pepper plants from a local sale that produced well.
Ruth from NY
Owner Response: Hi Ruth, We are sorry you had a disappointing experience. It is essential to start pepper seeds indoors to ensure production. They take a long time to mature and need very warm soil to germinate which are both aided by indoor starting and often a heat mat will be needed. For reference, we have these suggestions on the seed packet. We hope that helps.

No dice...

1 out of 5 stars Feb 5, 2022
We planted some of these in nice, large containers with fresh organic potting soil...planted well after frost, watered regularly, got lots of direct sun. Not a single one sprouted.
E from MD
Owner Response: Hi E, Thank you for sharing your feedback. Peppers will rarely be successful when sown outside at such a late date. We recommend sowing peppers indoors (see packet instructions) in order to achieve the proper soil temperature for germination and to give pepper plants a head start since they take a very long time to mature. You can find more tips for success on the seed packet and in the Sow and Grow article linked in the Learn More tab on this product page.

Are they anchos?

4 out of 5 stars Aug 21, 2022
I planted a small flat of ancho seeds and have them all growing together outside. Three of the plants are growing what look like ancho peppers. They aren't huge yet but are the appropriate shape and as they mature are turning from dark green to deep red. One plant however has fruit that is turning purple. Don't know why that might be. Is there a chance that there was some mixing of the seeds?
Karoline from CO
Owner Response: Hi Karoline, We are glad to hear that you are enjoying your Ancho/Poblano Chile Peppers. It is normal to see colors change from green to a deep red, and as they mature they may begin to turn purple or a reddish-brown color. If you suspect that your pepper is the wrong variety, feel free to send us a picture and we will help you identify it! Thank you for choosing Botanical Interests. Happy gardening!

Not Anchos!

1 out of 5 stars Sep 8, 2022
Similar to Karoline from CO, 5 of my 6 "ancho" plants have peppers that look and taste exactly like shishito peppers - 3-4" long, boxy, with ridges and thin light green flesh that turns red. I also have a 6th plant - these peppers are the similar but smaller and shaped like jalapenos. None of these are large, stuffable peppers we were looking forward to!
Hollie from MA
Owner Response: Hi Hollie, A customer care representative as well as our horticulturist will be in contact with you soon to help identify your plants and streamline what went wrong. Thank you for choosing Botanical Interests.

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