Don’t be fooled by its size. This tiny, tic-tac-sized chile packs a punch. Bushy plants grow to about 1.5 ft in diameter and are covered in 1/4 – 1/2 in. red scorchers. These chiles make cooking with spice easy. Want a big batch of chili mild? Add one Texas Bird’s Eye. Want it medium? Add two. Hot? Add three or as many as your poor stomach can handle. A great variety for containers, will be covered in fruit no matter what size container you grow it in.
- Date: Start Indoors March 1-April 15, Transplant May 15-June 15
- Planting Depth: ¼ in.
- Special Instructions: Make sure to keep soil temperature above 70 degrees when starting chile seeds indoors. Keep seed starts close to a radiator or space heater or use a greenhouse heating pad.
- Germination Rate: 85%
- For Raised Beds: Space plants 12 in. apart, leaving 18 in. spacing between rows. Stagger rows to increase number of plants per bed.
- For Containers: Plant one plant in a deep container measuring at least 2 gallons.