Chilli - Zimbabwe Birds Eye (seed)

Chilli - Zimbabwe Birds Eye (seed)

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CAPSICUM FRUTESCENS

These chillis are the king of all birds eye chilli. Also sometimes known as Piri Piri or Pili Pili, the African Bird's Eye is a small chile, growing to only about 1 inch, but they pack a lot of punch. They mature to red or purple and have a tapered shape, with a blunt point. The African Bird's Eye is commonly used in soups, stews and hot sauces. It is the main ingredient in Peri-Peri Sauce.

An African Devil (Zimbabwe Birds Eye) Chilli can reach 200,000 SHU (Jalapeno reference SHU 5,000). They are straightforward to grow & easy to maintain. Except for winter, they will produce chillies all year round—the best time to sow seeds after frost.

5 seeds per packet

 

CHILLI GERMINATION ADVICE

Spring is the best time to plant your seeds. 

It is important to keep the seed medium moist during the germination period. Misting with a spray bottle is better to use rather than pouring water over them.  Seed germination time can take between 3 to 5 weeks

When the seedlings have at least two sets of leaves (or more) you can transplant them into larger pots or into the ground where you intend to fully grow them.  If you have 3-4 seedlings in one pot, separate them gently before planting out. Keep them in the shade, out of full sun, for some days after they have been transplanted.

Don’t use fertiliser until your seedlings have grown considerably as it may burn and harm them. Chillies need fertiliser approx. once a month (in pots approx. once a fortnight).  Rooster Booster, a slow releasing fertiliser, or Seasol are great, but you can also use a fertiliser labelled for fruits and vegetables. Be aware that too much fertiliser can burn plant roots.

Watering: Take care that your chillies do not dry out; give them a drink of water every day if the weather is very hot, particularly in very warm dry regions.