Chiltepin / Tepin
Chiltepin / Tepin - This pepper is thought to be the oldest of all Capsicum annuum species and the mother of all peppers. Tepin means little flea in the Nahuatl language of the Aztec Indians. Chiltepin is the only wild chile native to the U.S. It is a favorite of many birds who consume them and disperse the seeds into the wild. Birds do not feel the ‘heat’ of hot peppers like mammals. Also known as Bird Pepper.
These round to oval fruits are only 3/8” wide. It is often confused with the Pequin that is a small oval with a point. The Tepin grow on 36” tall plants and have extreme heat.All peppers are perennials, so if your plant survives the winter without freezing, the shrub can get very large. Capsicum annuum (120 days)
Heat Level: Super hot. Scoville Heat Units 100,000 - 265,000
~ Packet contains 10 seeds.
In early spring, start seeds indoors 8 weeks prior to warm nightly temperatures. Place the seeds in sterile media and cover 1/4” deep. Provide 85°F bottom heat, bright light and keep moist at all times. Seeds will germinate in 7 - 21 days. Transplant seedlings into pots and grow until there are 6 true leaves on the plant. Plant them directly into rich soil, 30” apart or into large 5 gallon containers. Harvest peppers when they are red.
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