How To Grow Bishop’s Crown Pepper From Seed
The Bishop’s Crown chili pepper is an unusual looking variety of chili coming from the species Capsicum baccatum var. pendulum. It has many different names some of which you may have heard before: Joker’s Hat, Christmas Bell and Peri Peri. The pepper is thought to have originated from Mexico. It can be found across Barbados and South America.
The Bishop’s Crown grows into a small, compact plant which makes it great for a balcony or growing in a pot. They reach a height of around 50cm tall and can bear fruit of up to 50 or 60 pods per plant.
The wings of the peppers are said to be ‘sweet and mild’ while others have elaborated more on the flavor as being apple-like with a fruity sweetness.
With their subtle flavor they can be used with great versatility, spanning recipes from salads to salsas. They are also great when stuffed, their unique shape offers plenty of space on the inside.
How Hot Is The Bishop’s Crown Pepper?
The Bishop’s Crown pepper comes in much lower on the heat scale, with a measurement of anywhere between 5,000 – 30,000 Scoville Units (SHU). To put this into context, it is only slightly hotter than your average Jalapenos pepper.
How Long Does It Take To Grow?
After seedlings emerge, the plant will need around 100-120 before it reaches maturity.
Bishop’s Crown is recognized as a fairly hardy plant which makes it a great choice for beginner growers. It loves a sunny, warm position in the garden with moderate watering. Ensure that the soil drains well and has neutral to weakly alkaline properties.
- Ensure soil temperatures will remain above 20 degrees Celsius
- Wet soil first to allow it to compact
- Sow to a depth of approximately 5mm then spritz lightly
- Maintain a moist but not wet soil
- It can help to apply clingwrap over the surface of the pot to retain moisture in the soil
- If you find seedlings fail to emerge after one or two weeks, you might find using Gibberellic acid before sowing will help with germination.