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Aji Rico Hot Pepper Plant

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This product does not ship to: AZ, CA, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA
  • Full Sun (6+ Hours Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 18 - 24 Inches
  • Mature Width 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):
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 Known 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 Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

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

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts always guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy & healthy. However, plant(s) are being shipped through the mail & sometimes 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. 

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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty, whether you're a new gardener or an expert. There are many variables outside of anyone's control that can cause a plant to die. Hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, diseases & pests are all good examples of what can cause plants to die. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all of the unknowns and will replace your plant if something were to happen to it.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant(s). We will cover 100% of the price of the plant, but the warranty does not cover shipping costs. SImply let us know if your plant has died within 1 year of receiving it and we will get you a new one shipped out as soon as possible (depending on the time of the year and availability). We may ask for photos for documentation purposes, but we try to make the process as easy as possible.

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Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


Get your order in early to reserve your plants for Spring planting!

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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