Growing Shishito Hot Pepper Vegetable Seeds
- Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
- Other Names: Groundcherry peppers
- Hardiness Zone: Annual 3-11 (Perennial 9-11)
- Days to Maturity: 60-80
- Days to Germination: 10 - 25
- Seeding Depth: 1/4"
- Plant Width: 24-36”
- Plant Height: 24-36”
- Row Spacing: 24-36”
- Growth Habit: Sturdy upright
- Soil Preference: Rich, well-drained
- Temperature Preference: 70-90°F
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to fungus, leaf spotting, and root rot in poorly drained soil. Also watch for aphids, white flies, and cut worms.
- Shishito Hot Pepper Color: Green, turning red at maximum maturity
- Shishito Hot Pepper Scoville: 100-1,000 SHU
How to Grow Shishito Hot Peppers from Seed
It’s recommended to start the seeds indoors in early spring, sowing them 1/4” deep and keeping them moist until germination.
Pepper seeds can be started indoors in warm well-drained soil, transferred to the outdoors, and planted half an inch deep and three feet apart, allowing the soil to dry out before watering. Seeds typically germinate within 10 to 25 days. Once the seeds have sprouted, they can be moved into either larger pots or directly into the rich soil of a vegetable garden (with at least 24” of spacing between the individual plants).
Cages may be used for support since they grow about 4 feet high. Avoid even a light frost, which retards growth and impairs the brilliant color of leaves.
Shishito Hot Peppers in the Vegetable Garden
Sometimes also known as groundcherry peppers in Korea, shishito hot pepper plants grown from these seeds are a great addition to any garden, particularly if you live in a climate well-suited for growing peppers.
In addition to producing good yields of delicious peppers this variety can also be slightly ornamental thanks to the unique wrinkled appearance of the peppers themselves.
Rated between 50 and 200 on the Scoville scale, these peppers are very mild. Their unique smoky flavor is greatly enhanced by roasting or grilling, allowing them to be incorporated into many different recipes.
Harvesting Shishito Hot Peppers
When fully mature, these peppers will be anywhere from 2 - 4” in length and with a wrinkled appearance.
Typically harvested when green, they can also can be left until fully mature as well (at which point they will turn red). As with most types of peppers, it’s often best to snip the fruit from the plant with shears (leaving a small amount of stem behind on the plant).
About Shishito Hot Pepper Seeds
Capsicum annuum. (60-80 days)
Slightly smoky, with hints of citrus
Shishito hot peppers begin green and mature to red, although commonly harvested while still green. Native to Japan, Shishito peppers have thin skin and a somewhat wrinkled appearance.
Shishito peppers have become an extremely popular finger food of late because of their tasty flavor and rich health benefits. They are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and have a very low heat level.
Shishito Hot Pepper Seeds Per Package:
- 250 mg - Packet Seeds - Approximately 45 Seeds
- .25 oz - Packet Seeds - Approximately 1,250 Seeds
- 1 oz - Wholesale Seeds - Approximately 5,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Wholesale Seeds - Approximately 20,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 80,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 400,000 Seeds
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