The Texas Bird Pepper is a lush, compact plant (one foot height) covered in early fall with tiny (1/2”), reddish-orange peppers. Samuel Brown said, “The Spaniards use it in fine Powder & seldom eat anything without it. The Americans … make a pickle of the green Pods with Salt & Vinegar which they use with Lettuce, Rice, Fish, etc.” Sow the seeds indoors a month before the last Spring frost, then transplant the seedlings into sunny, well-drained garden soil.
|Photo from Monticello.org|
Kathy McC reports on her experience and provided some photographs:
She put her seeds into small peat pots provided by our Hort Chair, Symphony Sprout. This was done at a Hort Workshop on May 3. Kathy followed the directions provided by the host club and used a heating mat. She purchased an Apollo Horticulture Seedling Mat, approximately 10x20" in size for around $15. The seeds germinated very quickly with a high germination percentage. She says the mat takes up very little storage space and she will use it again in the future.
|Seeds germinated using a heat |
mat in about 5 days.
my 'living lettuce'
|May 28 and first real set |
of leaves starting to appear
Mary P. got off to a late start - but is catching up. Her seeds were started a week or so later than the others. She used the Soil Blocking method described in our June 14 post and put them in baggies to help hold the moisture while she was gone. One June 15 she repotted into peat pots and will give them some TLC - A great germination % of 15 seeds (and one lone crocosmia).
|June 17, 2016|
She planted 13 seeds in Miracle Grow potting soil in June. She reports that she kept them in a warm but not sunny windowsill, watering a little every other day or so to keep the soil damp. My first three sprouts appeared on June 29, and at day 15 (today) I have ten, each about an inch tall with two leaves.
|Jennie's on July 5|
End of August update:
Our peppers are at various stages!