The Gong Bao pepper plant has got to be the most productive Asian pepper plant I’ve ever seen. Hordes of 6″ long thin, often spiraling chilis appear to just be dripping off the plants. Not only do these peppers have nice visual interest but they also have delicious spicy flavor that isn’t lost to excessive heat. With a Scoville rating averaging just 6,000 SHU they are a wonderful addition to any Asian dish. By purchasing these Gong Bao pepper seeds you’ll be sure to have plenty of unique Thai chilis that can be used fresh or dried for later use. These Gong Bao chilis are perfect for those that love the spicy flavor but aren’t tolerant of much heat. The Gong Bao pepper seeds produce plants that average about 24″ tall. These chilis can be used green but the flavor deepens when allowed to ripen to the bright red before harvesting. As with most Thai peppers, they are a thin-walled chili with a moderate number of seeds. You may also be interested in our Thai Dragon pepper seeds.
Starting Gong Bao 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.