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PlantFiles: African Birdseye Chile Pepper
Capsicum frutescens

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Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: frutescens (froo-TESS-enz) (Info)

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Height:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Heat (Pungency):
Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:
Tapered

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:
Open-pollinated

Usage:
Fresh (salsa, salads)
Frying
Drying
Pickling

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Michaelp On Mar 23, 2004, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I ordered some 130,000 heat unit African Birdseye peppers from Frontier Herb company,I decided to plant some of the seed--It grew--the plant I pictured above is the result-it has been very productive..



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