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Shishito Japanese Pepper Seeds

Shishito Japanese Pepper Seeds

Mild Pepper Seeds

SKU: Seeds-Shishito10

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This little beauty is very popular in Japan and is making its way in the U.S. Shishito Peppers, also known as the Lion pepper, or referred to as the "Wrinkled Old Man", has a unique appearance and can be prepared many ways to add mild flavor to your favorite dish. 

Shishito pepper plants are compact, reaching 2 ft. tall, perfect for container growing. This is a prolific plant that spreads out long and is an early producer of many 3-4" long pods. Hence their nickname, these peppers have very wrinkly skin, thin walls, and an elongated shape. Shishitos will mature from green to red, with a sweeter taste when it ripens to red.

You can expect mild heat with these peppers, but watch out! Shishitos have a Russian Roulette tendency where only one out of every 10-20 peppers will shockingly surprise you with incredible heat! Their flavors are sweet, citrusy, and slightly smoky when enhanced by grilling or sautéing. For a delicious treat, sauté these in olive oil until they begin to blister, sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy! The Shishito chile is the pinnacle of appetizers and is often a popular starter in restaurants.

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  • Heat Level:
  • A.K.A: Wrinkled Old Man, Lion Pepper
  • Plant Size: 2 ft.
  • Pod Size: 3 in.
  • Days to Harvest: 60+ Days
  • Origin: Japan
  • Species: Annuum
  • SHU: 50-200

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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