Also known as the Brazilian Starfish Pepper, the Brazilian Orchid Pepper offers a unique shape with vibrant flavors. This pepper has fruity notes with subtle spice that is sure to make your taste buds excited. Fruits are dark red and shaped like a sea star. Plants reach 4-5′ tall with loads of these tasty treats. Brazilian Orchid Pepper has a mild heat that is similar to that of a jalapeño or serrano pepper. It has a crisp texture that makes it ideal for a wide range of applications in the kitchen. Use them raw on a salad, or add them to your favorite salsa recipe. The fruity flavor makes it a great pairing with seafood dishes. It also holds well and is great for pickling and canning.
Peppers are in the nightshade family along with tomatoes and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Peppers do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. Peppers grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting peppers, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Peppers can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Brazilian Orchid Pepper Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 60
Disease Tolerance: None