The African Devil Pepper is also known as the Piri- Piri "pepper pepper" in Swahili. They are an open pollinated variety belonging to the species Capsicum frutescens. Plants grow on a sturdy bush habit reaching anywhere between 45-120 cm (18-36”) tall with a spread of 45-61 cm (18-24”) wide. Peppers grow upright, turning from light green, to yellow, to orange, then bright red when they are mature. These peppers are hot measuring up to 175,000 SHU on the Scoville Heat Unit. These are ideal for drying and producing your own chili powder. Can be grown in containers as well, just keep plants well watered.
Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. Plant in well-draining soil in a warm, sunny location after the danger of frost has passed. Space plants 30-45cm (12-18”) apart. Peppers prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0-6.8. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Water regularly, making sure the soil stays moist but not waterlogged. Harvest peppers when they reach full size and have reached their mature color.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil. Soil pH: 6.0-6.8. Planting Depth: Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. Germination: 7-14 days. Height at Maturity: 30-90cm (12-36”) tall. Days to Maturity: 60-100 days. Watering: Keep soil evenly moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun. Spacing after Thinning: Space plants 30-45cm (12-18”) apart.