Aji Rico Hot Pepper Plant

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 18 - 24 Inches
  • Mature Spread 10 - 12 Inches
  • Growing Zones 9 - 12

Aji Rico Pepper won’t keep you waiting for the end of summer to harvest. The 3-4 inch, thin-walled peppers are ready for continual harvest from July to October. The medium hotness is rated at 1000-5000 on the Scoville scale and has an amazing citrusy flavor that adds a beautiful depth of flavor, whether raw or cooked. These peppers can be eaten at any stage of ripeness, from green to red, and are heavy producers throughout the season.

Aji Rico Pepper Care  

Aji Rico is a warm-weather, edible plant that needs to be protected from cold temperatures in the spring. Wait to plant in the ground, unprotected, until the nighttime temperatures reach 50 degrees F. Plant in a sunny position with well-draining soil that has been amended with 1-2 inches of organic compost. Space the plants 8 inches apart on center when planting directly in the ground. Growing in a raised bed will allow for closer spacing at 6 inches on center. Aji Rico is a stout plant that rarely needs staking or other support, even when loaded with chilis. Pinch out the top set of leaves to create a bushier plant that bears more fruit. 

Growing Aji Rico Pepper

Aji Rico is a quick-producing plant that makes fruit at 70-75 days from transplanting. Plant in an area with at least 6 hours of full sun exposure. Aji Rico is a smaller plant that stays compact with a height of 18-24 inches and a width of 10-12 inches. Start the seeds indoors six weeks from the last frost date in your area. Only plant out if protected with a cloche or unheated greenhouse before nighttime temperatures consistently reach 50 degrees F.

Peppers of all types grow well in containers and are perfect for placing on a deck or patio for quick picking. Use an all-purpose potting mix that has organic compost or worm castings mixed in. The container needs to have excellent drainage and be at least 12 inches in diameter. Peppers can be added to ornamental containers for a pop of color late in the season after other annuals have died off. 

Watering Aji Rico Pepper 

Peppers are dry garden plants. They require consistent watering after the fruit starts to form, but they require far less water than other crops, such as lettuce or beans. The top 3-4 inches of soil should dry out in between waterings. Using drip irrigation or a soaker hose will evenly wet the soil so that the roots do not become waterlogged.

Feeding Aji Rico Pepper 

Peppers are hungry feeders and benefit from 2 types of fertilizing. Amend the soil before planting with 1-2 inches of organic compost mixed in. Just as the first flowers form, feed the plants well with liquid seaweed or fish emulsion diluted in water. Drench the root area well and keep the fertilizer off the foliage.

Aji Rico Hot Pepper Plant Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 - 12
Plant Type: Edible Plants
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 18 - 24 Inches
Mature Spread: 10 - 12 Inches
Spacing: 10 - 12 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Red
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: N/A
Watering: Average
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: N/A
Attracts: N/A
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting
Features: Low Maintenance
Brand: Goodness Grows
Common Name: Aji Rico Hot Pepper Plant
Other Name(s): Aji Rico Hot Pepper
Scientific Name: Pepper 'Aji Rico'

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.