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Bird’s Eye chili pepper is a small chile pepper which is also known as piri-piri, peri-peri in Eastern Europe.




Image of Bird’s Eye Chili Pepper plant at Google

Overview

• Bird’s Eye chili pepper is a small chile pepper that is typically harvested when it is about an inch in length.
• It is matured from green to red or purple in color.
• It is a popular ingredient in Southeast Asian, African, Spanish, and Portuguese cooking.
• It is also known as piri-piri, peri-peri, peli-peli, or picante in Eastern Europe.
• The Bird’s eye Chili Pepper is a very hot pepper.
• It adds significant heat to food recipes.
• It is commonly used to make marinades and sauces for meats, poultry, fish and sea foods.

Growing/Caring conditions for Bird’s Eye chili pepper

• Sow seedlings indoors.
• Sow those eight to ten weeks before the last frost date for your area.
• They are a difficult in germination and seedlings grow slowly at first.
• Provide bottom heat or heat lamps to raise the soil temperature to 80 degrees.
• This will promote better and quicker germination.
• A heated germination mat works well.
• While your seedlings are growing, get your garden ready.
• Add plenty of compost, manure, and a general fertilizer.
• Peppers like hot weather.
• Transplant young seedlings outdoors after the last chance of frost.
• If the weather is still cool, delay transplanting a few days.
• Keep them in a cold frame, indoors.
• Space 18-24 inches apart, in rows 24 to 30 inches apart.
• Mulching around the peppers to keep down weeds, retain moisture, and help to feed the plant.
• As the peppers develop, use a fertilizer higher in Phosphorous and Potassium.
• Providing too much nitrogen will result in a great looking bushy, green plant, but few fruits.
• Peppers can be picked as soon as they reach a size which is edible.
• Continuous harvesting encourages the fruit to produce new flowers.
• Spider mites and aphids are the most common problems.
• An occasional borer insect is also known to attack this plant.
• Try an organic insecticide or dust.
• Fungal infections can be treated with fungicides. Apply treatment as soon as you see it.
• Frost will stunt or kill the plants.
• Cold weather can cause the plant to slow down or stunt it.
• Use a hot cap in on cold and frosty spring nights.





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