Pepper,Siling Labuyo,(10 Seeds) Filipino Bird's Eye Chili Very Rare,Super Hot!
Siling Labuyo, or Filipino bird's eye pepper, one of the world's hotter peppers ~ 10 Heirloom seeds !
This is Siling Labuyo, or Filipino bird's eye pepper. It is one of the world's hotter peppers, slightly milder than a habañero. Apparently it is becoming less common even in its native land, giving way to the larger and milder Thai peppers at markets across the Philippines, siling labuyo (bird’s eye chili) that grows in the forested area of northern Luzon. This tiny chili is known for its intense piquancy - so small, yet so hot in taste.
Siling Labuyo or Chili Pepper (Scientific Name: Capsicum frutescens) is a common backyard plant in the Philippines especially in the province. Its plant growing to a height of 0.8 to 1.5 meters only, thus the city people or those who doesn't have a garden or extra lot can cultivate them in a flower pot. The leaves (dahon ng sili) are known source of iron and calcium and Filipinos use them as vegetable and a popular ingredient to Filipino dishes such as “tinola” and “monggo”.
The pepper fruit (sili) grows numerously per one stem and are in bright red when ripe. It grows to 1.5 to 2.5 cm long. Filipinos believe that the smaller and the brighter the red color of the pepper fruit is, the stronger the chili taste is. Filipinos love to eat them raw like crushing them in vinegar sauce or mix them with other condiments or make them into chili sauce. They also mix them in dishes especially with “ginataan” and to almost all kinds of appetizers. They are most popular in the Bicol Region.
Peppers can be grown all year long in containers. It is suitable for apartment dwellers and gardeners who live in cool regions where the number of growing days are limited. Many pepper enthusiast grow peppers in pots so they can have fresh peppers all year long. It’s best to use 5 gallon containers so the roots do not get too over-crowded!
Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until soil is warm.
Pepper varieties come from tropical humid regions. The temperature, moisture, and air circulation all play a role in growing plants from seeds. Too little heat, too much moisture, and lack of air circulation will cause poor results. Do not use jiffy peat pots, plugs, or potting soil as the soil becomes too dry or too wet, which can lead to disease and fungus. We have experienced disease and low germination when using these types of products. Use Organic Seed Starting Material for best germination results.
Peppers often like to take their sweet time germinating. They can be up in a week, and some will take almost a month. Even with paper towel germination testing, they can take long. I am not sure why, but it is a normal occurrence. So plan and make sure you start them early enough! Also, remember they like heat to germinate so make sure you have a heating mat or something to keep the soil warm. Placing them up on top of the fridge often works too since it is normally warmer up there
Peppers, like tomatoes, grow in well-drained fertile soil. Almost all peppers have the same requirements for successful growth. Plant them in good, well-drained, fertile soil – and make sure they get lots of sunlight and a good inch of water per week. In many ways, they mimic the same requirements needed for growing great tomatoes.
We plant all of our peppers with a good shovel full of compost in the planting hole, and then give them a good dose of compost tea every few weeks for the first 6 weeks of growth. We also mulch around each of our pepper plants with a good 1 to 2″ thick layer of compost.
Growing Hot Peppers in Containers
Peppers can be grown all year long in containers. It is suitable for apartment dwellers and gardeners who live in cool regions where the number of growing days are limited. Many pepper enthusiast grow peppers in pots so they can have fresh peppers all year long. It’s best to use 5 gallon containers so the roots do not get too over-crowded
Requires fertile soil in a well drained location in the garden. Apply much and grass clippings, or straw around base of plant.
Water well with soaker hoses during dry and hot spells.
Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when transplanting outdoors. Apply Miracle Gro every two weeks.