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Red Rocoto Pepper Seeds

Red Rocoto Pepper Seeds

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You ever heard of the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away?" Well, whoever made that phrase up must have had the Red Rocoto Pepper in mind! Native to Peru and Bolivia, this pepper lives up to its "apple chile" translation with a vibrant red color, similar shape, and pungent flavors!

Also known as the Red Manzano, the pepper plant grows up to 4 ft. tall and blooms vibrant blue flowers with hairy leaves, and pepper pods that are shaped like small 2" bright red apples. Red Rocoto peppers have thick and sturdy pod flesh and feature unique black seeds. Watch these peppers ripen from green to red when they're ready to harvest. You'll want to grow these pepper plants in cooler climates or in partial shade in your own backyard. Keep these plants away from frost, and you can count on a steady harvest of delicious Red Rocoto Peppers year after year.

The Red Rocoto Pepper lives up to its “apple chile” translation with a juicy, citrus flavor. These peppers come with a decent amount of heat, ranging from 30,000-100,000 SHUs. Depending on how hot you like your food, you can chop these peppers up and add them to fresh foods like salads and dressings, or you can roast them, cook them, and even dry them for a spicy addition to any meal.

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  • Heat Level:
  • Plant Size: 4 ft.
  • Pod Size: 2 in.
  • Days to Harvest: 110+ Days
  • Origin: Peru
  • Species: Pubescens
  • SHU: 30,000-100,000

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Customer Reviews

Based on 22 reviews
Rodger Y.
Red rocotos is hard to germinate

Hi, I bought these red rocotos seeds but I am having a hard time germinating these seeds.

Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. Pepper seeds can be tricky to germinate! Here are some tips we recommend for getting your seeds to germinate: I hope this helps! If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

Getting Started

So, you've received your seeds and are wondering what's next? At Pepper Joe's, we're committed to equipping you with everything you need to succeed in germinating the pepper seeds you've chosen. Our mission is to introduce you to a diverse array of pepper varieties, setting the stage for an exciting and rewarding gardening experience. Let's dive into the essentials together.

  • What You'll Need

    Soil and Tray Method

    Seed Starting Supplies 
  • Plant your Seeds

    1. Pre-saturate your seed starting soil mix. Ensure the seed starting mix is fully saturated prior to planting your seed.
    2. Make a ¼-inch hole in the center of each seed starting cell. A #2 pencil eraser is a great tool for making these holes.
    3. Place your seed and cover gently with soil.
      You can plant up to 4 seeds per cell to help ensure successful germination.
  • 4. Place your heat mat under  your base tray and your humidity dome on top. For best results, set your temperature controller between 75 - 80 degrees.

    5. Place your plant light above the seed starting tray and turn on. Refer to the plant light manufacturers instructions for the optimal distance. Plant light should remain on for 14 to 16 hours per day.

    6. Enjoy watching them grow! See our full instruction page below for more information.

    Starting Peppers from Seed