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Sweet pepper 'Shishito'    

Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group)

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Shishito is part of the Capsicum genus and is a Sweet pepper variety. Its scientific name is Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group) 'Shishito'. 'Shishito' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours:   Lincoln green and   Boston University Red. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Ao green colour.

From Baker Creek:
A favorite old Japanese variety which produces 3" long, slightly wrinkled fruit that are perfect for making tempura and other traditional recipes. Fruit is emerald green color, mildly flavored with a just bit of spice; it really is superb. It is the standard with many chefs.

This variety is an Fruit that typically grows as an Annual/Perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of one year or more. Shishito is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.49 feet (that's 45.72 cm in metric) with a erect-like habit.

Japan is believed to be where Shishito originates from.

Typically, Shishito Sweet pepper is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Shishito have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Shishito

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Shishito is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Shishito are Zone 4 and Zone 12. Shishito requires a potting mix, loamy and silty soil with a ph of 7.0 - 8.5 - it grows best in neutral soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Shishito from seed

Start seeds indoors six to eight weeks before last frost date.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.2 inches (0.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Shishito about 38 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Shishito

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Shishito is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Shishito

Mature peppers are three inches long.

Expect harvests to start to occur in mid summer.

Other Names for Sweet pepper 'Shishito'

Shishitou, Shishitōgarashi, Shishitougarashi, 獅子唐, 獅子唐辛子, Shishitō

Latest Sweet pepper 'Shishito' Reviews

  • This pepper has done much better its second year in the ground than the first. As of June, it is producing quite a bit. It is quite thin skinned.

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