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Bishop’s Crown, also known as Balloon pepper or Christmas Bell is a variety of chili pepper.

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The Bishop’s Crown which is also known as Balloon pepper, Pimenta Cambuci, Campane, Peri Peri, Ubatuba Cambuci, Aji Flor Orchid and Christmas Bell is a variety of chili pepper that belongs to the species Capsicum baccatum var. pendulum.


• It is named for its distinct three-sided shape resembling a Bishop’s Crown.
• This variety can be found in Barbados.
• It may be indigenous to South America.
• It is also found in Europe.
• The actual plant is relatively large and can grow up to a height of 3 to 4 feet.
• It produces 30 to 50 peculiar, 3 or 4 flat-winged, wrinkled pods.
• They appear somewhat flying saucer-like peppers.
• They grow to approximately 1.5 inches wide.
• The flesh inside each pepper is thin, yet crisp.
• They mature to red from a pale green colour.
• The body of the peppers has very little heat.
• The wings being sweet and mild.

Growing/Caring conditions for Bishop’s Crown 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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