On Jan 29, 2012, chickenlady1 from Tallahassee, FL wrote:
I live in Tallahassee, Fl.
I bought my bird from our local native nursery in early spring. It became loaded with so mauy peppers! I move it into my garage when the weather is bad and move it out when temps.are up above 55 and the sun is out.
Heres a true story to share with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
My friend wanted a hand full of each of all the peppers I was growing and she put ia Bird in her mouth before I was able to tell her hot hot they were. She was spitting and cursing like no other. Let me tell you, I don't think I have laughed that hard too many times in my life!
I did not know the scoville heat unit at that time but later on looked it up. Now I know why she reacted the way she did! Maybe next time she will wait till I tell her before taking them or maybe just not touch MY peppers!
On Mar 14, 2010, MeroMero from San Antonio, TX wrote:
I've also managed to germinate seeds on a heating pad in a "soil-less" starter pellets, BUT I really think that the germination rate is much higher if a bit of manure is mixed in with the soil/potting mix. Superstition or not, I really believe that there is something to the idea that the seeds do better with some sort of biological "catalyst"...whether it's a bird or cow manure. As a home gardener who doesn't have lots of space, this is how I've done it in the past:
-Fill a large terra cotta container with potting soil, mixing in a cup of cattle manure (or other) into the top couple of inches of soil.
-Plant a "kitchen friendly" companion plant in the same container whose roots aren't all that intrusive. Multiplying onions are my personal favorite.
-Gently crush the dried chiles between your fingers and lightly mix the seeds (skins and all) into the top of the surrounding soil. Use lots of seeds as the germination rate is naturally low. Water through.
-Forget about your chile seeds and enjoy the onions. The chiles will emerge when they're ready, likely in late spring or early summer.
-Transplant the chile plant when they first develop woody stems into well-drained soil with plenty of sun. They also like being planted along a brick or stucco wall. Here in Texas, the only thing I've found that can kill them is heavy clay soil.
-Treat them with relative neglect and you'll soon have thousands of bright red chiles on a plant that more resembles a tree than a bush.
On Feb 6, 2010, TheOtherDave from Georgetown, TX wrote:
This is a tough pepper that I transplanted from Victoria County in South Texas to my home in the Hill Country of Central Texas. It freezes back but returns. I do try to mulch heavily around the base and even wrap the base for extra protection in the hardest freezes. It comes back but we'll see if mine survived the 12 degree temperatures we have had this winter. I have seen hundreds of these plants in areas of the lower Guadalupe River bottom with only peppers on the top of the plant. All others had been eaten by Turkeys. It also re-seeds on its own. It's hot and I love it.
On Jan 3, 2010, manda5656 from Okeechobee, FL wrote:
I have recently found one of these plants growing wild along the fence in the back yard. I would like to add it to my garden. For those of you who have experience with this plant, should I transplant it? or pick some of the chili's, clean out the seeds, and try to grow some from scratch? Thanks!
On Jul 5, 2009, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I use to belive this plant would only grow if passed throught a bird first.........LOL Because you only find it on fence lines.
I have been able to germinate a few since then so I now know a bird has nothing to do with the germination...still LOL
I work for the county. As such, I travel the many county roads. We have found at least 3 locations where Chiltepin grow. They are always in, or next to other larger plants or trees. They are always in a low spot which gets more water. I have two transplanted to around my house and one small one that I put in a pot and kept inside my house until the ground is warm enough to transplant. It is growing just fine since I was able to get the whole ball and roots. I still have a few dried Chiltepin berries that I am hoarding until the next harvest. I usually eat 3 or 4 with lunch. You may get one or two that aren't very hot. The next one will take the top of your head off!
On Apr 25, 2007, dfwdennis from Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Four years ago I transplanted a wild plant from my mother-in-law's property in Beeville, TX. It dies to the ground in winter but has come back stronger every year, and has been a prolific producer. Last year it was about 3 feet high and wide. It is very attractive when it is covered with chiles.
On Aug 18, 2006, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
We bought a small plant from a produce market here in Houston. The plant is about 1 year old and has produced lots of peppers. It even produced peppers through the winter and suffered no damage. Our plant looks like a very bushy 3' shrub now.
On Apr 20, 2004, MonkeyArcher from Phoenix, AZ wrote:
Great plant, makes a small 'tree', about 2 ft tall. My best success withthis plant has always been with self planting. Any that I plant grow for about one season, then die. Next year I discover a new chili growing nearby, and this one will keep growing for years and years. Odd, but true.
The chilis are very useful for adding heat, as previously noted, but it should also be noted that they should not be under-estimated. It takes only a few chilis to season a whole pot.
It should also be noted that, while I am not entirely sure about botanically, but the Chiltepin and the Chilpequin are two deifferent things. The Chilitepin has round chilis and are much more expensive to buy in stores, while the Chilpequin is smaller and more oblong in shape. Since I have always grown my own Chiltepines, I don't use the Chilpequin and can't tell you anything about any flavor difference they may have.
Also the Chiltepin is also available in a purple variety, which has purple flowers, stems and chilis, as well as purple tinted leaves.
On Sep 29, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
San Antonio, Tx.
This pepper plant is a nice addition to any flower bed with its deep green foliage, small white flowers, deep green immature fruit and bright red mature fruit. It requires little care. I have had one growing in my yard for 20 years. The birds, especially mockingbirds, DO LOVE the fruit (birds have no "hot" taste sensors). If transplanting, but careful to dig up all of the tap root. The plant will wilt until it reestablishes itself. Just keep it well watered until it does.
On Aug 30, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
The bird pepper is an excellent source of heat and sharp pepper flavor. Mashed and mixed in otherwise bland foods, such as scrambled eggs, they add zest that is hard to beat. Three of them in a crock-pot pot roast will make an exceptional dish. And don't forget the mockingbirds. My plant keeps two female mockingbirds constantly squabbling over rights to the harvest.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Chandler, Arizona Glendale, Arizona Goodyear, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Picture Rocks, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Lake Hamilton, Arkansas Bostonia, California Buckhead Ridge, Florida Gainesville, Florida South Venice, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Boise, Idaho Benton, Kentucky Hessmer, Louisiana Ramblewood, New Jersey Mason, Ohio Abram-perezville, Texas Adkins, Texas Austin, Texas (3 reports) Belton, Texas Benbrook, Texas Bertram, Texas Botines, Texas Corpus Christi, Texas Cross Mountain, Texas Cypress, Texas Dallas, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas De Leon, Texas Dripping Springs, Texas Elgin, Texas (2 reports) Freeport, Texas Gonzales, Texas Grapevine, Texas Houston, Texas (3 reports) La Grange, Texas (2 reports) Laguna Heights, Texas Lake Brownwood, Texas Liberty Hill, Texas Macallen, Texas Midland, Texas Old River-winfree, Texas Palm Valley, Texas Progreso, Texas Richland Hills, Texas Rio Hondo, Texas Roman Forest, Texas Round Rock, Texas San Antonio, Texas (3 reports) Scenic Oaks, Texas Serenada, Texas Streetman, Texas Terlingua, Texas Victoria, Texas Wimberley, Texas Orem, Utah