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Birds Eye Chili Pepper (85 Days)

A very diminutive hot pepper with lots of fire that is used mostly in Asian, African, Spanish, Thai, and Portuguese cooking. The green immature fruits are used as much as the red/purple mature ones. Great for drying whole or ground into chili powder. Used to make peri-peri sauce.

20 seeds  

PLANTING

Caspsicum annuum

Germination: 10-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF. Cooler soil temperatures slows germination time.

Seed Sowing Depth: ¼” deep

Starting Indoors:  8-10 weeks before last frost. Sow in flats/cells/pots. Provide 75-85ºF soil temperatures. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer (diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement). Transplant seedlings 18-24” apart after last frost.

Sowing Outdoors: Not recommended, especially in northern areas

How much does a packet plant: 20-25 foot single row  

Harvest: Use a sharp instrument to cut the peppers from the plant. Pick the first fruits when they reach usable size, this helps accelerate the growth of the other peppers on the plant. Leave some peppers on the plant to mature so they can change color and sweeten up.

Tips: Pinch-off early flowers or tiny fruit on any seedlings before placing them in the ground. Plant in fertile soil, amend with composted if needed. It helps to use row cover early in the season, giving the plants extra warmth, especially in the north. Side dress when flowers begin to form.

 

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    SM
    02/03/2018
    Shirley M.
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    They have sprouted!

    So far, the Bird's Eye Chili Peppers have sprouted. I put them under a light today. Maybe we'll have some good-sized plants at planting time.