Padrón Chile Pepper Seeds


This packet sows up to 16 plants when started indoors.
4.8 out of 5 stars
(5 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Play a game of Spanish roulette with your taste buds. A favorite appetizer in Spain, these early maturing and thin-skinned peppers have a mellow flavor but every so often you'll bite into one that is fiery hot! Appetizer-size peppers of 1"-1 1/2", range from 500 to 2,500 Scoville heat units, but may be hotter at 2"-3" and as they ripen to red.
$2.69 20 seeds

Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum

Days to Maturity: 60 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Americas

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive perennial grown as an annual

Plant Dimensions: 18"–36" tall, 12"–24" wide

Variety Information: 1"–3" long ripening from green to red at maturity. Blocky shape when small, becoming more elongated and spicier as they mature. 'Padron' is a mild pepper ranging from 500–2,500 Scoville heat units, making some of them almost as hot as some jalapenos. Most 'Padron' peppers are mild when small and develop their heat as they mature, but about 5%–10% can be hot when harvested small. they can vary in size and shape from long and smooth to curved and grooved.

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: Pick when 1"–1" long for appetizers. Can be harvested at any stage for other culinary uses, although they get spicier as they get larger. 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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Padrón Chile Pepper Seeds Reviews

5 reviews

Make Seed Count More Clearer

4 out of 5 stars Jun 27, 2019
While I appreciate the quality and usual count of seeds in packets from BI as I used to carry them at my retail nursery, I was disappointed there were only 20 seeds in the packet of Padron pepper seeds. Perhaps it was made clear in the on line listing but I sure didn't see it. As expected, 18 of 20 germinated.
Michael Schmitz from AZ
Owner Response: Hi Michael, Thank you for the comment. We are sorry the seed count on the 'Padron' peppers wasn't clear to you. For future reference, this count is on the front of the packet by the price and online also next to the price. in addition, we put an estimate of how many plants you will get from the vegetable seed packets on the back in italics and online just under the item number in italics. We hope this helps. Happy gardening!


5 out of 5 stars Nov 12, 2020
I am a new gardener who only took up this hobby barely four months ago. I experienced 100% germination with the six seeds I sowed, which I honestly was not expecting. I make a lot of mistakes with trial and error when it comes to gardening and still have a lot to learn. That being said, if I can do it, you can do it! The type of peppers that these plants produce are absolutely to die for when blistered in olive oil, and I can't wait until my own seedlings will grow some for my family to enjoy.
Cecilia from AZ

Produced lots

5 out of 5 stars Mar 20, 2021
These peppers grew well in Albuquerque soil and tasted great.
Josie from NM

Really liked these!

5 out of 5 stars Jul 4, 2021
I grew these hydroponically...had amazing results! Lot's of peppers! This coming spring going to try them outside but I am looking forward to them!
Andrea from NE

Unexpectedly Hot

5 out of 5 stars Nov 25, 2022
Ive grown these for years and had bought a fresh packet because some of my home grown plants had turned spicy. Well it was my surprise when this year out of a brand new packet the peppers were all so stinking hot they burned like a habanero. I tried them when they were small too. Before summer got too hot they were as expected delicious. After hot weather of 105 +_ for a week or so they were so hot they became inedible. Could anyone shed some light on this? I like them mild as appetizers and we were really sad that didn't happen this year.
Danielle from CA
Owner Response: Hi Danielle, Thanks so much for the review and for asking a question like this. It always makes for a great learning opportunity for other customers. Pardon Chile peppers are early to mature peppers that will have a mild flavor when harvested young. Like Shishito peppers, once in a while, you'll come across a fiery hot pepper! These peppers will range from 500 to 2,500 Scoville heat units but may be hotter as they grow larger and ripen to red. Stressful environmental conditions like cutting back on water and growing in hot conditions will cause an increase of capsaicin levels in the pepper fruit. For mild peppers, harvest early and provide consistent irrigation.

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