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Pepper, Hot Mariachi Hybrid

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Big on color and flavor but small on heat!

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2006 All-America Selections winner. It's the perfect pepper when you want a blast of color but just a hint of heat. The compact 18-24" plants yield loads of 4", coned shaped fruits that change brilliantly from creamy yellow to bright red all summer. The taste is spicy but only mildly hot. Freeze to provide fresh spicy peppers all winter. Early and continuously productive.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

65 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

4 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

16 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

  • Only home gardeners who enjoy long growing seasons in the Deep South should attempt to sow pepper seeds directly in the vegetable garden. Most of us must start our own pepper plants indoors about 8-10 weeks before transplanting, which should be done 2-3 weeks after the expected last frost.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • To get an early start with your pepper plants, particularly in the North, cover the prepared bed with a dark colored polyethylene mulch at least a week before transplanting. This will heat the soil beneath and provide a better growing condition for young pepper plants. The mulch will also help the soil retain moisture throughout the season as the pepper plants grow.
  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Peppers should be set 18 inches apart in a row with the rows spaced 2-3 feet apart.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. 
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. 
  • Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. 
  • Use a plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.  
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Peppers may also be planted in containers. Use a container at least 18-24 inches wide and deep and use a commercial potting mix rather than garden soil.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for peppers as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2" of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Note that hot peppers tend to be hotter when they have less water and fertilizer. If they receive plenty of water and fertilizer they may be more mild than expected.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Try planting pepper plants near tomatoes, parsley, basil, and carrots in your home vegetable garden. Don't plant them near fennel or kohlrabi. Peppers are very colorful when in full fruit and combine well with green herbs, okra, beans and cucumber fences in the garden bed.

Harvesting and Preserving Tips

  • Like cucumbers and summer squash, peppers are usually harvested at an immature stage. The traditional bell pepper, for example, is harvested green, even though most varieties will mature red, orange, or yellow. Peppers may be harvested at any stage, but their flavor doesn’t fully develop until maturity. Fully ripe peppers in multi-colors are delightful in the garden as well as in salads.
  • Cut the fruit from the plant with a sharp knife or pruners leaving a small part of the stem attached.
  • Sweet bell, pimento and cherry peppers are delicious eaten green but are sweeter and higher in vitamins if allowed to turn bright red before harvest. Some varieties are yellow at maturity or may mature from green through yellow and red.
  • Hot peppers may be harvested at any stage. Anaheim is usually picked green and cayenne types red.
  • Bell peppers may be chopped and quick frozen for use in many recipes; sweet cherry and banana peppers and hot cherry peppers are perfect for pickling.
  • A popular and trouble-free way to store hot peppers is to dry them. String mature red peppers by piercing the stem with a needle and heavy thread. Hang the string in a warm, dry, airy place (not in the sun!) to dry. They can make a colorful kitchen accent. Pull a pepper from the string when you need one. Hot peppers remain hot even after they are dried. Remember that in recipes a little hot pepper can go a long way.
  • Please note that hot peppers can burn sensitive skin on contact and fumes from grinding or cooking them can irritate the lungs and eyes. When working with hot peppers use rubber gloves and wash your hands before touching your face or eyes.
Days To Maturity
65 days
Fruit Size
4 inches
Full Sun
16 inches
18-24 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
8-12 weeks BLF
24 inches
Life Cycle
Pepper, Hot Mariachi Hybrid is rated 4.1875 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intense heat I love hot peppers, but this one has delivered beyond edible . I've read that they can turn incredibly hot when 'stressed', which perhaps is what happened during the prolonged drought this summer in New England. None made it to red, all at the creamy yellow color. I'm not sure what to do with such a prolific crop !
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible "Bite of Heat" Producer! The fruit production on the Mariachi pepper really blew me away! Like the Sweet Heat Hybrid pepper I love....the Mariachi's spicy heat feels the same in the mouth....meaning the "bite" of the heat stays forward in the mouth, not burning heat that coats the mouth and affects the throat. For pepper lovers, these can just be picked and eaten right off the plant. I start from Burpee seeds in my greenhouse, then transplant to our raised bed garden, which is heavily amended with compost. We are all organic, the only way to have a garden! We are located in N. Texas, and of course, peppers love our TX hot summers! These pepper plants grew to 3 ft tall and covered with so many peppers, half the branches would bend to the ground...I have enclosed 2 photos to show you. I only planted 6 plants and they covered a 4 x 5 ft area of the bed! You will love them and if cared for properly, they'll reward you well, enjoy!
Date published: 2015-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Prolific Pepper A very high yield pepper but it was not as hot as I would have liked. It is more mild than a poblano. pepper, also I did not get the color change in the fall as anticipated. I loved the extremely high yield, but am hoping to find it in a hotter pepper next time.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wildly Productive Pepper's from seed These Mariachi peppers are just amazing producers. All of my peppers are doing well this year ( 2013 ) but these guys are a real stand out. I make lots of fresh salsa and take these peppers everyday for lunch and snacks at work. These peppers will be part of my garden selections for years to come.
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Little Peppers These plants arrived at my door in perfect Burpee-quality condition. I live in a very cool climate near the Canadian border, so the plants never reached the indicated height (the tallest is barely 18") but they still are producing plenty of fruits with just the right amount of kick for salsas and hispanic foods. However, as with most peppers, if you are looking for the lovely reds and oranges, be prepared to leave the fruits on the vine for many additional weeks (I am still waiting, but so far the yellow fruits are fantastic!).
Date published: 2012-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious pepper! We have been growing these peppers for three years now, and they are one of the most prolific in our garden which is not very pepper-friendly because it is so cool (only 6 blocks from Lake Michigan). This is the only vegetable we grow that is routinely stolen from our community plot because they are so delicious and beautiful. (We're growing more on the balcony this year!!)
Date published: 2012-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy and prolific These peppers are fantastic. The plants are a dark beautiful green and looks stunning loaded with the fruit. Friends have mentioned the plants looked fake because they look so healthy. They are the healthiest plants in the garden; when nearby plants have been infested with bugs these have flourished. The plants are very prolific with tones of little hot peppers. I grew just two plants and have more than enough peppers. The peppers are a tasty hot; they get milder with age. I have made pickled hot peppers with these and they are delicious. I can’t wait to try making hot pepper jelly with them. Enjoy, I know I have and so have my friends.
Date published: 2011-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite pepper!!! I love this pepper! This is my second season growing them from seed and the second year of excellent results. I think 100% germination. Very vigorous but compact plant, mine have been about 30" tall max. Love the sun. They do well in containers too! Tons of tasty peppers that you can pick in all stages of color. Be careful though! The heat can be surprising on some plants and totally mild on others. I have learned to test them before adding to any dish. I personally think this is the best pepper for homemade salsas because of the flavor and heat combo. Pick when orange I say.
Date published: 2011-07-24
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