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Japanese Green Pepper, also known as Shishito Pepper is a shiny green fruit.

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Japanese green pepper which is also known as Shishito pepper is a shiny green fruit. It is about 3″ x 1″ in size and 7 grams in weight. The name refers to the fact that the tip of the chili pepper looks like the head of a lion.

– They are crisp and thin.
– They have mild flavored flesh which goes well with chicken shihi kebab.
– This plant can be grown in greenhouse and also in open field.
– They are very productive in producing number of fruits.
– These are smaller variety and some of them are also spicy.
– They grow in the summer and are perfect appetizers.
– They are really thin skinned.
– They are glossy green in color and the fruit is about 3-4″ long.
– It is said to have a high concentration of vitamin C.
– It is cooked, boiled, or fried.

Growing/Caring conditions for Japanese green pepper:
– Sow seedlings indoors.
– Sow them late spring to early summer.
– Sow those eight to ten weeks before the last frost date for your area.
– They are a difficult in germination and seedlings grow slowly at first.
– Provide bottom heat or heat lamps to raise the soil temperature to 80 degrees.
– This will promote better and quicker germination.
– A heated germination mat works well.
– While your seedlings are growing, get your garden ready.
– Add plenty of compost, manure, and a general fertilizer.
– Peppers like hot weather.
– Transplant young seedlings outdoors after the last chance of frost.
– If the weather is still cool, delay transplanting a few days.
– Keep them in a cold frame, indoors.
– Space 18-24 inches apart, in rows 24 to 30 inches apart.
– Mulching around the peppers to keep down weeds, retain moisture, and help to feed the plant.
– As the peppers develop, use a fertilizer higher in Phosphorous and Potassium.
– Providing too much nitrogen will result in a great looking bushy, green plant, but few fruits.
– Peppers can be picked as soon as they reach a size which is edible.
– Continuous harvesting encourages the fruit to produce new flowers.
– Spider mites and aphids are the most common problems.
– An occasional borer insect is also known to attack this plant.
– Try an organic insecticide or dust.
– Fungal infections can be treated with fungicides. Apply treatment as soon as you see it.
– Potential pests include aphids, white flies, cutworms, pepper maggots, and Colorado potato beetles.
– Diseases include Verticillium wilt and mosaic virus.
– Frost will stunt or kill the plants.
– Cold weather can cause the plant to slow down or stunt it.
– Use a hot cap in on cold and frosty spring nights.

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