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Capsicum annuum 'Santaka'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Santaka

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CurtisJones On Nov 24, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: Santaka is the ideal pepper for Asian cooking. The 2-2 1/2 long fruits have thin walls and an intense spicy flavor. They are wonderful when thinly sliced into stir-fry dishes, a hot eggplant dish, or a hot salsa. The very prolific plants may produce up to 150 peppers in their lifetime! Unlike most pepper varieties, Santaka pepper plants produce white flowers that grow fruit upright from the stems, making a beautiful ornamental presentation. However, because they are so exposed, they may require some shade in the afternoon to prevent sunscald. Due to their intense spicy heat, be sure to use gloves when harvesting the fruit or handling them in the kitchen and do not touch any other body part after touching them until you have thoroughly washed your hands.

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 17, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 2 1/2 x 1/2 inc Japanese pepper.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mckinleyville, California
Longmont, Colorado
Clinton, Connecticut
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Stafford, Virginia

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