Shishito Chile Pepper Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet yields approximately 20 plants when started indoors.
Availability: In Stock
The 'Shishito' is finding its way into many restaurants as a popular appetizer. The 2"–4" slender peppers have a citrusy, slightly smoky flavor enhanced by grilling or sautéing, and can be the life of the party when an occasional hot one passes the mouth of the unsuspecting. Highly productive plants. 50–200 Scoville heat units (mild).
$2.69 25 seeds

Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum

Days to Maturity: 60–75 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Americas

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive perennial grown as an annual

Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall

Variety Information: 2"–4" long, thin, medium green, slightly wrinkled, some curved. Flavor is citrusy and slightly smoky. About 90 percent of shishitos will be mild, but the others will be slightly hot. Scoville heat units for 'Shishito' are 50–200, making the occasional hot pepper quite mild.

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: Generally harvested when green, at 2"–4" long, but can also be left on the plant to mature to red. 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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Shishito Chile Pepper Seeds Reviews

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Shishito peppers
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I've been growing Shishito peppers since I first heard of them five years ago. The seeds from BI had the best germination rate of all other sources I've tried. Plantes are full of peppers, next year I'll only have to plant half as many plants to get the same amout of prppers as before. Botanical Interests, my go to seed source!
Jim Rohling

An amazing pepper
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I grew theses peppers this and and they were AMAZING!! A productive plant. The peppers taste great especially when they are roasted.
Elishah Flores

Best Pepper Ever - Even Non Pepper People love them
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These hands down are the best peppers I've ever eaten, mild and unique. They were vigorous and tolerated lots of rain and produced well into October. Everyone we gave plants to had great success in a variety of growing conditions, all in Western PA. We couldn't keep up eating them with our three plants. Great blistered on the grill and placed directly in the bun with a sausage or hotdog. Looking forward to growing them again.
Haley French

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Tried growing these peppers from their own seed -- no luck. But the BI shishito pepper seeds had high germination and the plants produced lots of small peppers.
Roger Grossel

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I have had great experiences with BI seeds in the past but I had a 25% germination rate with these seeds. Hopefully I'll still get more peppers than I'll know what to do with. I love the company, and how dedicated they are in educating gardeners on their seeds. Will have to give these another try next year with my fingers crossed.
Rushie Dave
Owner Response: Hi Dave, We are sorry your germination rate was not higher. Peppers, in particular, require higher soil temperatures to germinate which is why we suggest sowing them indoors and using a heat mat. Our seeds are tested frequently by a third-party laboratory to ensure the germination rate exceeds both federal and our own standards. A customer service agent will be with you shortly to help.

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