Packet Content (approx.): 10
Botanical Name: Capsicum annum glabriusculum. The Birds Eye pepper is the official wild pepper of Texas.
- A very hot, often 7x - 8x hotter on the scoville scale than jalapenos!
- This is a Perennial pepper variety which means that if the soil doesn't freeze hard in your area, you'll most likely be able to grow these peppers all year round.
- Rated at 200,000 Scoville Heat Units!
- Easy to grow from seeds.
- Can be used in place of any hot peppers in many culinary recipes.
- The commercial hot sauce brand Cholula lists bird peppers as one of its ingredients.
A fantastic, extremely hot, dwarf variety that produces a prolific yield. The flowers and upward pointing fruits start green and turn bright red and are produced throughout the season. These are ideally suited to a windowsill or patio containers and make equally attractive ornamental plants. WARNING? When handling these seeds you should wear gloves or thoroughly wash your hands afterwards as the seed residue will irritate / burn sensitive skin.
Days to Germination: 10-21
Days To Harvest: 70-80
Planting Depth: 1/4
Spacing: 18 inches
Light: Sunny warm location / Greenhouse / Conservatory
Sowing & Growing
Sow early March to April.
Sow the seed into compost either into a seed tray or into modules with a temperature between 20-24oC and cover with a light layer of compost. Germination typically takes 14 - 21 days. Cover the compost with clear plastic film which helps raise the temperature aiding germination.
Once seedlings emerge they do not require quite as much heat, temperatures can be reduced to 18oC by day and no lower than 16oC at night.
It is best to re-pot in stages before their final pot size. Once in final pot size plants may need staking for support. Water regularly but be careful not to over water, surface of compost can be allowed to dry out slightly between watering.
Please note that germination can be slow and erratic on some open pollinated hot peppers.
Hot peppers can be harvested from green or once ripened into yellow, orange or red. A Hot Pepper's heat usually intensifies with maturity. Once ripe fruits can remain on plant in good condition until temperatures begin to drop.