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We are sold out of Chiltepin pepper plants until our April 13 shipping date. Ordering this plant will delay the shipment of your entire order until at least that date.

New! 90 days to fruit, open pollinated native from the Southwest. The Chiltepin pepper, “chile tepin”, or “Chiltepine”, is a tiny, round or oval shaped, red to orange-red chile, measuring about .8 cm in diameter, about pea sized. It has grown in the wild throughout much of Northern Mexico and Southern United States for generations, and there is much folklore and history involving the plant in the US/Mexico Borderland areas. It is the only wild native chili pepper in the United States, sometimes referred to as “The Mother of All Peppers" as it is believed to be the original hot pepper from which others were bred (capsicum, not chinense). They are also called “bird peppers” because they are eaten and spread by wild birds, or bird's eye peppers because of their size.  About as hot as a Thai pepper - scoville units 50,000 to 100,000, but can get much hotter in the right conditions. The heat comes on fast, and doesn't stick around. Chiltepins are dried and ground, or stored whole for use in cooking. A fun plant to grow, can get to be a 3' to 4' bush, covered with the attractive little peppers, but needs a long season to do this. Overwinters indoors in pots better than most peppers. So, if you have a short season, that is an option. 

We have a 6 plant minimum for shipping purposes. You can mix and match varieties to meet the minimum.

We ship every Monday and Tuesday, from late March through late May, to the 48 contiguous states. We schedule your shipment to arrive just after the last frost date for your area. We will send an email from our farm (lazyoxfarmyahoo.com) within 24 hours of receiving your order informing you of your shipping date. You are welcome to change the shipping date. Just let us know when you want them.

Our plants are sustainably raised. We use only organic soil, fertilizers and sprays if needed. We have been growing and selling plants since 1997.

Our plants are shipped in individual 3" deep pots. They are ready to be planted out in your garden.

We package our plants with extreme care so they arrive undamaged at your doorstep. Each plant is tucked into its own padded sleeve. The soil in each pot is covered so it will not spill out. A plant tag identifying the variety is included with each plant.

We will start accepting orders for 2020 in early January. We will start shipping in late March, weather permitting. Within 24 hours of receiving your order, we will e-mail you with a shipping date that we choose based on your last frost date. You are welcome to change the date to any other shipping week from late March through May.

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