Pepper, McMahon's Texas Bird
- Tiny red fruits resemble cranberries
- Plants grow to 12 inches
- Medium hot pepper
- 90 days from transplant
Samuel Brown of San Antonio, TX sent Thomas Jefferson seeds of this pepper in 1812 and 1813. Jefferson shared it with Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon. Tiny lustrous red bird peppers borne on decorative 12" plants. Native to southwest Texas. Ideal for container growing; plants can be overwintered indoors. 90 days from transplant. Medium hot.
Learn to Grow it
You should start plants indoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost date for transplanting them into the garden. Plant them outdoors 2-4 weeks after your last expected frost.
Plant your seeds 1/4-1/2 in. deep in soil trays or pots. Transfer them to 3-4 in. pots when their true leaves appear. When transplanting, bury seedlings up the stems up to their leaves.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F.