Gochugaru Korean pepper seeds are a must have if you love Asian cuisine. These peppers are very versatile and commonly used in Korean recipes. Mostly used dried and ground into coarse flakes or powder for making Kimchi but can also be used in things like stews, soups, and even Ramen. Some of the more common names for the Gochugaru pepper flakes are Korean chili flakes, Korean hot pepper flakes, and Korean chili powder. The peppers resemble a Serrano pepper but are substantially larger with less heat topping out at about 10,000 SHU. The Gochugaru Korean pepper seeds will produce plants that grow approximately 24-36″ in height and are very prolific. The chilis are medium sized, about 0.75″ in diameter and reaching up to 4.5″ longs. The chilis start out a dark green color and ripen to a bright red. They are tubular with a blunt end. They can be used when green but the desired flavor is ideal when fully red. You may also be interested in our Gong Bao pepper seeds.
Starting Gochugaru Pepper Seeds
Unless you live in a climate that is warm year-round, starting pepper seeds indoors is recommended. Plant at a depth of 1/4″ in sterile, moist seed starting mix. Place the sown seeds in a warm area, over 75F, for the best germination rate. The use of a humidity dome over the sown seeds will ensure they don’t dry out before germination occurs. Once the seedlings break the surface of the soil be sure to provide a bright source of light to ensure they don’t stretch and become “leggy”. Light coming in a window is rarely sufficient for proper growth. Even a south facing window is usually not enough. Providing light from a fluorescent or LED fixture over the top of your sprouts will ensure proper growth. If you’re new to growing peppers from seed we recommend you take a look at our guide on starting pepper plants indoors.