The Thai Dragon chili is the most commonly used pepper in Asian cuisine. Thai Dragon pepper seeds will produce plants that grow compact and about 24″ tall, great for containers. We’ve even grown two plants in a single 5-gallon pot or bucket. The Thai Dragon chilis have a good heat level that hits immediately. Scoville heat level for these peppers tops out at around 100,000 SHU. These chilis grow in clusters maturing from green to red and can be used in either color. Can be used fresh, ground into powder, or dried whole for storage. One benefit to growing these Thai Dragon pepper seeds would be the fact that many chilis will ripen at the same time. This is beneficial if you’re looking to make a hot sauce without the need to collect and store the peppers until you have enough for the recipe. Our favorite use for the Thai Dragon pepper is making homemade Sambal (Garlic Chili Paste). You may also be interested in our Bird’s Eye pepper seeds.
Starting Thai Dragon 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.