Pepper, Hot Hawaiian Chili
Peppers will grow all year in the lower elevations in Hawaii and can often be grown as perennials if given the correct growing environments. Some peppers grown as perennials won’t produce fruit year-round, however, they will eventually go through a flowering cycle and begin producing for you again in no time. Peppers are a staple in home gardens. Keiki love to watch them grow, and their diverse variety ensures every family has at least one type of pepper plant they will enjoy. Whether it’s a hot or sweet pepper, you can be sure we will have a variety you and your family will enjoy!
We are not sure of a home gardener in Hawaii that doesn’t have a Hawaiian chili tree. This is our most popular pepper variety. Most used to make Hawaiian chili water. Feels like a burst of Christmas in the garden when in full bloom with bright green, red, yellow, and orange peppers.
Days to Maturity: Can vary depending on the environment
Plant size: 18”-6 ft. tall in the right growing conditions
Plant spacing: 24-32” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Grow your Hawaiian chili peppers in full sun. They love loamy, well-draining, fertile soils that are rich in organic matter. Water well. Keep the soil moist but not wet for the first two weeks while it establishes itself. Water the plant with an inch of water every week, including rainwater. Increase watering to 1 1/2 inches during hot, dry spells. Water levels should be checked daily if peppers are grown in a pot, especially during the hot summer months. Peppers grown in pots need sufficient water to maintain their strength and production.
Harvesting: You can tell a hot pepper's maturity through its colors. They will turn from green (less ripe) to red (ripe). Chili peppers will go from green to yellow, to orange, to red. Heat increases as peppers mature to red. You can try the peppers at all stages of ripeness to find the heat you prefer. Cut the peppers off the plant to avoid touching them. The more you harvest, the more they will produce.
Culinary: Most used in Hawaii for Hawaiian chili water.
Nutrients: There are a lot of health benefits from eating hot peppers, including anti-inflammatory qualities, vitamins, and minerals.
Special considerations: Be careful not to touch the interior of hot peppers when harvesting or cooking. They contain oil that is irritable and can cause pain if it gets in your eye. Wash your hands after harvesting or wear gloves if needed.
Companion planting: Plant near basil, carrots, eggplant, onions, parsley, tomato, cucumbers, radishes, squash, spinach, lettuce, chard, swiss chard, lettuce, beets, parsnips, and peas. Keep away from fennel, kohlrabi, and beans.
Locally sourced seed
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.