Santaka Chile Pepper Seeds


This packet sows up to 20 plants when started indoors.
5 out of 5 stars
(2 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Popular in Japan for their hot and spicy flavor, 'Santaka' peppers are only 2" long, but pack a punch. Use fresh peppers in a variety of Asian dishes, such as stir-fries and soups. Peppers can also be dried. 40,000-50,000 Scoville heat units (hot).
$2.49 25 seeds

Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum

Days to Maturity: 70–80 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Americas

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive perennial grown as an annual

Plant Dimensions: 24"–36 tall, 18" wide

Variety Information: 2 ½"–3" long, thin-walled peppers start out green turning to red. 'Santaka' is a hot pepper with a rating of 40,000–50,000 Scoville heat units.

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: For Mild Climates only: 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, when soil temperature is at least 70°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before transplanting. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F. Transplant seedlings outside 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when daytime temperatures are at least 70°F, and nighttime temperatures are at least 55°F. Mild Climates: May be sown in late summer for fall/winter crop.

Days to Emerge: 10–25 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: Start indoors

Row Spacing: 24"–36"

Thinning: Start indoors, plant seedlings 18" – 24" apart outside

Harvesting: Pick at any stage for fresh use. For drying peppers, allow to reach maturity, 2"–3" long and red. Continual harvest will encourage plants to bear for months. When harvesting, take care to avoid touching the interior of any broken peppers, as the capsaicin is an extreme irritant, especially to the eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after harvesting or wear gloves to harvest peppers.

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Santaka Chile Pepper Seeds Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars Jul 15, 2020
Productive little chilies! The plants are quite short and bushy with clumps of peppers that reminds me of Thai chilies but perhaps not quite as spicy, still has nice heat though. Easy to grow and the peppers are quick to turn red.
Quynh from LA

Easy and prolific, even in heat

5 out of 5 stars Jul 22, 2022
This is my first time growing peppers and these are the best out of all of the varieties I am growing this summer! Being too eager, I started my seeds indoors in late January, but spring was slow to come this year -I planted these guys out in March anyway (mostly because they were outgoing my grow lights). I did top a bit a week before they went outside. They survived our (oddly) chilly spring and now into July they are doing great in the heat, even when neglected over a vacation. Lots of peppers and a beautiful plant to have in the garden. I like heat and these peppers are spicy. I have 3 plants, but with so many peppers picked and more coming on I have more than enough for both sharing and drying! I high recommend and will definitely grow again next year.
AT from VA

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