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Bird Pepper Seed Pack

SKU 18724
Original price $3.95 - Original price $3.95
Original price
$3.95
$3.95 - $3.95
Current price $3.95

Bird Pepper:
Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum

George Washington wrote in his diary on August 31, 1785 “And the Bird pepper which was sowed in the botanical garden on the 13th of June was just making its appearance and thick.” The plant has attractive foliage and fruits and because of this was often used as a houseplant during the 18th and 19th centuries.

 This hot pepper needs full sun and well-drained soil. Beginning in summer, the plants produce small, white flowers followed by small spherical to egg-shaped fruits that grow 1/4”-1/2” long. The fruit starts out green and turns red at maturity, usually 75-85 days from germination.

Sow seeds indoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost date. Plant ¼” deep and place the trays or pots on a heat mat at 75-80°F. Seeds germinate in 7-10 days. Harden off the seedlings before planting them outside, 3-4 weeks after the last frost. Plant 12-18” apart. USDA Zones 2-11.