Like all C. frutescens cultivars, the tabasco plant has a typical bushy growth, which commercial cultivation makes stronger by trimming the plants. The tapered fruits, around 4 cm long, are initially pale yellowish-green and turn yellow and orange before ripening to bright red. Tabascos rate from 30,000 to 50,000 on the Scoville scale of heat levels, and are the only variety of chili pepper whose fruits are "juicy"; i.e., they are not dry on the inside. Tabasco fruits, like all other members of the C. frutescens species remain upright when mature, rather than hanging down from their stems.
Days to Emerge:
18”-24" apart outside
Plant outdoors 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, 1/4" deep, when soil temperature is at least 70°F.
Start indoors 8 to 10 weeks before transplanting. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 80‒87°F. Transplant seedlings outside 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, and when daytime temperatures are at least 70°F, and nighttime temperatures are at least 60°F.
Pick peppers when green or red.