It burns, it burns, it burns - part 13


Growing Capsicum Frutescens - Variety Birds Eye Demon

The Capsicum Frutescens that I decided to grow this year is the Birds Eye Demon variety, or "Piri Piri". It is one of the most cultivated types of chili peppers in the world.

It is most grown in Asia and the African continent, so in countries where they can't imagine it without chilli. This variety is very suitable for the preparation of flavored oils and, of course, for Asian cuisine. I bought the seeds again in


It started at the end of February and ran the tried and tested method that worked best for me. As always, I put the seeds in pre-soaked ugro jiffs and then placed them in a steamer. I stored the steamer by the heater with open vents and kept the temperature inside between 25 - 27 ° C.

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The first mother leaves began to appear. I continued with the dew to keep the jiffs moist and
germination continued without problems. After another 3 days, 90 % plants had mother leaves outside. I prepared a "light mix" substrate and flower pots with a volume of 1.5 liters and started planting.

April 2

After unfolding the first tiers of leaves, I started adding a roots stimulator to the dressing to blanksupported the development of the root system. The peppers grow more slowly than I expected, they are about 20 cm in size and some have already started to branch.


2nd of May

The plants grow beautifully and look healthy, they have a deep green color. They are about 40 cm high and blankthey are beautifully bushy. The root system has already covered the entire flowerpot, so I have to start transplanting into larger ones. I use round plastic pots with a volume of 10 l. I left the plants that I plant out in the flowerbed in 1.5 l pots. I will not transplant them in the flower bed until mid-May after the so-called ice creams, although it would be ideal to transplant them now, but I cannot afford it due to the low temperatures at night.blank

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Since the plants already have flowers, it's time to transplant the remaining peppers out into the flowerbed, and I started putting the plants I have in pots on the balcony during the day. I will leave them at home for the night to be sure, in case the night temperature drops by chance. I really watered the plants in the flowerbed after transplanting, I also added a root stimulator (it helps to adapt the plant after transplanting), a flower stimulator and treated it with pest prevention. Then I poured straw on the plants, which helps keep the heat in the root ball.

June 5

The first fruits peek out of the flowers. Most of the plants reached a size of 50 cm and the growth had already stopped. I fertilize the plants with flower fertilizer (according to the manufacturer's table) and check if aphids do not multiply somewhere. I do not support the plants and let them "crawl" rather on the ground. For this variety, it worked for me, the yield was higher.

August 20

The plants blush nicely and it can be seen from a distance that most of the fruit is already ripe. Peppers begin to harvest both red and green (they have a slightly different taste).