Shishito Pepper Plants

How To Grow Shishito Peppers 

If you want to learn how to grow shishito peppers in pots, raised beds, or directly in the ground, this thorough growing guide has you covered from seed to harvest.

Starting Shishito Peppers From Seed

Start seeds 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost date and it is best to use both a heat matt and a grow light for the healthiest seedlings with the best germination rate.

Materials Needed

Seedling Heat Matt — this is the exact one I have, and I have used it for 5 years at least. It's durable, waterproof, and comes with a digital thermostat too.

How To Grow Shishito Peppers


Large Seed Starting Cells & Pots

You need large cells or pots for pepper seedlings because they will grow quite big in the 8-10 weeks you're housing them indoors.

Seed Starting Soil Mix

Soil mix is sterile, unlike garden soil. It's also lighter and leads to more successful germination rates.

Grow Lights

Grow lights are pretty necessary to start seedlings in my opinion. I have a wire rack with several lights but that is a whole other topic beyond the scope of this article.

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