Chi-Chien produces very hot, thin-skin red peppers, that can be used fresh for cooking or dried for storage and future use. The medium size peppers are popular for cooking in many hot spicy Chinese foods. This variety is also an ideal ornamental plant in the gardens.
The Chi-Chien hot pepper, an extra-spicy variety from China, is as tasty as it is ornamental. The eye-catching red peppers stand out in your vegetable garden or make an interesting replacement for flowers in your front yard. Chi-Chien peppers are annuals that grow in all Sunset climate zones, faring especially well in areas with warm summers and mild winters. Chi-Chien plants grow readily from seed and require little care in exchange for an abundant harvest of peppers.
Select a garden site for the Chi-Chien peppers with full sun, well-drained soil and protection from wind.
2 Prepare the garden bed by tilling compost or other organic matter into the top 7 or 8 inches of soil. Mix in one pound of 20-20-20 fertilizer for every 100 square feet of soil.
Sow Chi-Chien pepper seeds directly in the garden when the soil temperature exceeds 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Plant the seeds one-quarter inch deep and half an inch apart. Space rows 2 to 3 feet apart.
Water the pepper seeds until the soil feels moist. Do not let the soil dry out before germination, which takes between 15 and 30 days. Continue to keep the soil moist after germination, as pepper seedlings need lots of water.
Thin pepper seedlings to 2 feet apart after germination occurs.
Spread a sheet of black plastic, with holes cut out for the pepper plants, over the garden bed to control weeds and keeps the soil warm. Alternatively, spread a 1- to 2-inch layer of wood chips, dried leaves or other organic matter around the plants as mulch.
Fertilize pepper plants one week after blooming begins. Apply 1 1/2 ounces of ammonium sulfate fertilizer per 10 feet of row.
Harvest peppers 8 to 10 weeks after germination. Break the peppers off the plant by cutting or snapping the stems; use scissors to reduce the chance of accidentally breaking off a branch.