How to Grow Congo Peppers

By: Dan Hagan - Managing Editor

The Congo Pepper is a hot pepper that is quickly growing in popularity. It is basically a large red habanaro pepper from Trinidad. Its care requirements are very similar to any hot peppers and here are the basics!

Starting Congo Peppers Seed

Sow the seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost date, in a light seed starting mix. Keel the soil warm (around 80 degrees) for best germination rates.

Congo Peppers are a slow starting plant. They may take more than 14 days for a seed to germinate. And take a month or more to be ready to be transplanted.


After all threat frost has past transplant the young plants into an area of the garden the receives full sun. The soil should be rich and well drained.

Congo Pepper plants are fairly tough can do not suffer greatly from transplant shock.


As with most hot peppers, Congo Peppers do not require as much water as many other plants, but they should be watered as soon as the soil begins to dry.

Congo Peppers are fairly undemanding when it comes to nutrients. A well-balanced organic fertilizer applied early in the season and then again as fruiting begins should be more than enough for this plant to thrive.

Once winter arrives the plant can either be allowed to die off or be moved inside. In the house during the winter they will need sunlight and watering. They do not grow much if at all during this time so fertilizer is not needed!

Now get out there and grow!

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