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Rocotillo Pepper Seeds

Rocotillo Pepper Seeds

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Want a pepper that looks like the Habanero or Scotch Bonnet, but with less heat? Look no further than the Rocotillo Pepper! The peppers are popular in the Caribbean, and it’s even called the Puerto Rico pepper because of how often they’re used there. The Rocotillo peppers appear to be varieties of both Capsicum Baccatum and Capsicum Chinense, but their origins differ! The Baccatum variety is from Peru, but it’s uncertain where the Chinense variety originated. To make it more confusing, it’s said the Baccatum originated in Peru but was discovered in Puerto Rico years later. Although its origin and history are confusing, we do know these peppers are tasty!

Rocotillo pepper plants grow up to 3 ft. long and produce high yields of these tiny, 1" long pepper pods. Their appearance looks like a squished shape, almost like a compressed Bishop's Crown pepper, with glossy skin and bright red color. These peppers ripen from green to orange, and finally to red when they're ready for harvesting.

This is a very mild alternative to the Habanero for those who do not necessarily want a super hot pepper. Although the heat level is very mild, they will taste sweet and tropical. The Rocotillo pepper is a variety you must try growing in your own backyard!

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  • Heat Level:
  • Plant Size: 3 ft.
  • Pod Size: > 1 in.
  • Days to Harvest: 70+ Days
  • Origin: Peru
  • Species: Baccatum
  • SHU: 1,500-2,000

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Aiden H.
Seed Amount and Germination

I was very pleased to be able to see there was an adequate amount of seeds needed for germination. If some didn’t make it I knew I could always do more. I also just recently had all my rocotillo pepper seeds sprout, and it’s a wonderful feeling. Great seeds, and will be a reoccurring client.

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