Red Biquinho Pepper Seeds (CAPSICUM CHINENSE) SWEET teardrop
Red biquinho chile peppers are very small, tear-drop shaped pods, averaging three centimeters in length, and have a curved center that tapers into an elongated, pointed tip. The skin ripens from pale green to bright red when mature and is glossy and smooth, connected to a slender and curved, dark green stem. Underneath the skin, the medium to thick flesh is red, crisp, and aqueous, encasing a very small cavity filled with round and flat, cream-colored seeds. Red biquinho chile peppers are very crunchy and juicy with an initially tangy, citrus taste followed by a sweet, fruity, and slightly smoky flavor reminiscent of habanero peppers. The peppers also contain mild heat that fluctuates in intensity depending on the climate, soil, and environment the pod is grown in.
CULTURE:Peppers thrive in well-drained, fertile soils with a pH of 6.5. Abundant phosphorus and calcium is needed for the best results.
GROWING SEEDLINGS: Sow seed in 20-row or shallow flats, 4 seeds/in., 1/4" deep, in late March or about 8 weeks prior to transplanting. If possible, maintain soil temperatures at 80-90°F (27-32°C). Pepper seeds germinate very slowly in cooler soil. When the first true leaves appear, transplant seedlings into 2" cell-type containers or 4" pots. Grow plants at approx. 70°F (21°C) day and 60°F (16°C) nights.
COLD TREATMENT:Exposing the seedlings to controlled cold treatments can increase the number of flowers and fruits. When the third true leaf appears, grow the plants at a minimum night temperature of 53-55°F (12-13°C) for 4 weeks. The plants should receive full sunlight. After 4 weeks adjust temperature to 70°F (21°C) day and night. If this technique is used, peppers should be seeded 1-2 weeks earlier than usual.
TRANSPLANTING: Transplant out after frost when the soil is warm and weather is settled. Ideal seedlings have buds, but no open flowers. Set plants 12-18" apart in rows 24-36" apart, or 2 rows on poly/paper mulch, 18" between plants. Water-in transplants using a high phosphorus solution.