Single Packet of 100 Seeds
Whether you know them as poblano, ancho or mulato, these peppers are a colorful addition to your garden and a delicious one for your kitchen. Capsicum annuum is a member of the nightshade family, kissing cousin to tomatoes and eggplant. When they are still green and immature, they are known as poblano. As they mature and turn red, they are anchos, and, if you allow them to continue to the dark brown stage, they are mulato. At all stages, they have a mild, smoky flavor -- rated between 1000 and 1500 on the Scoville scale -- that is perfect for making chiles rellenos, chili powder or mole sauces. When spot-planted, they also add gorgeous splashes of color to the garden. Harvest in 75 to 80 days.
Plant Description and Growth Habits
Ancho plants have green stems and leaves, along with white flowers. The plants grow to about 24 to 30 inches tall and 2 feet wide. The peppers have firm, thick walls that make them perfect for stuffing, and they grow to about 4 inches long and 3 inches wide.
If you plant ancho peppers in the spring, starting them indoors about 8 weeks before the last frost, they produce all summer, if you provide plenty of water and sunlight. If your area regularly has night-time temperatures below 60 degrees or above 75 degrees, or if your day-time temps soar over 90 degrees, consider growing anchos in pots that you can move to cooler spots during the day or warmer ones at night; otherwise, they may not set fruit as generously.
Pests and Diseases
For the most part, ancho peppers are pest-free. However, keep a watch for aphids, slugs, pill bugs and leafminers, all of which might munch on the plant's leaves. If your area has high humidity, the plants may be more susceptible to fungal diseases like leafspot.
Uses of Ancho Peppers
As mentioned, these peppers are perfect for chiles rellenos; simply stuff them with meat or cheese, dip them in an egg batter, and fry them until they are golden-brown. They are also delicious filled with cheese and baked without the batter. Puree them with a mole sauce for that touch of pepper flavor without excessive heat.
Extend the life of your anchos by drying them. You can use a home food dehydrator for this task, or pop them into the oven, on a cookie sheet, and bake them at 150 degrees for several hours, until they are thoroughly dry. You can also place them in the sun or even on a sunny windowsill for several days to dry them. Store the dried peppers in an air-tight container or grind them up for chili powder.
Sowing The Seed
Peppers are best started indoors, in a controlled environment, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. To prevent root shock, sow your seeds in peat pots, at a depth of 1/4” under topsoil. Transplant when the weather is warm and the plants are about 1 foot tall. Stakes can be used to support your young plants, to ensure proper growth. Check below for additional info on spacing & growth habits.
Pepper plants will thrive in the heat of summer, so they should receive full sunlight for the majority of the day, with temperatures of at least 75F or more. A soil that is rich in organic matter is best, with a pH level of at least 6.2 and 7.0. Also make sure that your sowing medium is well drained, or your plants can wilt due to being waterlogged. Water your pepper seeds daily to provide them with ample amounts of moisture until germination has occurred.
Germination & Growth
Pepper seeds typically take anywhere between 14 to 28 days to germinate. After your seedlings start to grow, they will mature to an estimated height of roughly 24 to 30 inches tall. On average, Pepper plants can be spaced 18 to 24 inches apart from one another, in rows spaced 18 inches apart. These plants do very well when grown directly in the garden, or in large pots and containers as well.
We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.
If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.
It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.
Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.
Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.
Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.
Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.
Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.
Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.
Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.
Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.
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Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.
Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
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Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.
GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)
Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.