Hot Pepper 'Santaka'

Capsicum annuum

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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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:

Unknown - Tell us

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)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Mckinleyville, California

Longmont, Colorado

Clinton, Connecticut

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Stafford, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


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... read more


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

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