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Tabasco Pepper


Tabasco Pepper is the key ingredient to the famous hot sauce made in Louisiana. A very productive pepper variety. Plants grow large and produce loads of 1-2″ peppers. Great for making hot sauce or pepper sauce. Capsicum frutescens. 90 days to maturity.

30 seeds per packet

Treatment: Untreated


Be sure to check out our Pepper Growing Guide to learn how to successfully grow peppers at home.

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 Resistance: None

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
erin glenn

So happy that I found out about Hoss it will be the first place I go to for all my gardening needs!

I grow them every year!

Tabasco peppers are tasty to snack on when they are yellow. They have delicious flavor. When they turn red, they can be made into a great tasting pepper sauce. They are easy to grow in zone 8A.