Thai Dragon (Bird’s Eye) Pepper

pepper Thai DragonThai Dragon (Bird’s Eye) Pepper

Most or all hot peppers originate in Mexico, Central and South America. They were dispersed as explorers came west and then returned to Europe and Asia.  The Tai Dragonis said to have a good flavor if you can stand the heat. The 3-4 inch long fruit starts out green and then ripens to a bright red.  Compared to the Habanero (215,000 Scovilles) this pepper is at the lower range of HOT peppers coming in at 75,000 to 100,000 SHU.

Tai Dragon plants are strong and well-branched to support the clusters of fruit.  These peppers grow upward and can be used as an ornamental plant. They are thought to be named “dragon” because they are slightly curved like a dragon’s claws (not to mention the heat). Birds seem to be immune to the effects of the capsaicin so they eat the peppers and can spread the seeds.

Being sensitive to the cold, planting should be delayed until the danger of frost is past in the spring.  Ideal temperatures are 70 to 80 degrees F during the day, and 60 to 70 degrees F at night.  Usually, the plants set satisfactory crops when temperatures are between 65 and 80 degrees F and the soil is well-supplied with moisture.  Avoid a soggy, water-logged soil condition when growing peppers.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Spacing: Plant 18″-24″ apart.

Height: Grows 18″ to 24″ tall.

Outstanding Features: These peppers are 5 to 10 times hotter than a jalapeno!

Tips: Water plants thoroughly after transplanting. Avoid planting under conditions that will stunt the plants and lead to poor production, such as cold weather, lack of sufficient soil moisture, or lack of sufficient fertilizer.  Water deeply but not too often.

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