Seeds - Pepper (Hot), Shishito (mild hot) OG (HM)


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Description:  Small, mild Japanese pepper for roasting, pan-frying, and grilling. Thin walls blister and char easily when roasted or grilled, taking on a rich flavour that is delicious with coarse salt and lemon juice. The occasional fruit will display heat. Typically harvested and used green, but eventually turns orange and red with a sweeter flavour. Prolific!

Pack Size: 0.44 g (1/64 oz)

Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 70-90 days
Exposure: Full sun
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic

Germination: 14 days at 21 - 25° C.
Sowing: Sow a minimum of 10 - 12 weeks before the planting out date. Bottom heat improves germination rates and times. Apply a weekly kelp supplement such as Sea Magic™ from the time of sowing onwards to promote seedling health and development. Once the second set of true leaves has developed, alternate between the kelp and an organic transplant fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling Starter, applying each on a weekly basis.
Planting Depth: Lightly covered.
Planting in the Garden: Transplant outdoors once the soil has warmed and all chance of frost has passed (on average between June 1-7, in southern Manitoba).
Space: 30 - 60 cm (12” - 24”) apart in the garden.

Growing in Containers: Well-suited to larger pots; minimum 20 cm (8"). 

Fertilizing (Containers): Feed with an organic veggie fertilizer such as Evolve Tomato 3-2-2 through the season.

Watering (Containers): Water deeply and evenly - very important! Peppers will fruit poorly if plants dry out excessively... even once. 

Growing in Mixed Planters: Well-suited for larger mixed planters. For productive fruiting, allow 20 cm of space per pepper in a mixed planter. 

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden recently amended with compost. Weekly application of kelp supplement is associated with greater fruit set and improved late-season cold tolerance in peppers.

Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.

Suitability for Indoors: May be grown as a specialized crop indoors.

Exposure: Brightest window (May - September) or grow lights (October - April).

What about Grow Lights? T5 or 26 - 54w CFL full spectrum lights are ideal.

General Indoor Care: Start fresh seeds in late summer or fall for indoor growing. Peppers can be prone to aphids when grown indoors, so rinse plants regularly under fast-flowing fresh water (easy organic aphid control!). Fertilize every 14 - 21 days when growing under lights, using an organic veggie food such as Evolve Tomato 3-2-2. Bell Peppers typically remain productive for about 6 months indoors. 

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