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Easy to Grow Chili – Birds Eye Chilis

For any beginner starting out growing chilis i would definitely recommend the Birds Eye Chili.



Birds eye chillies originated in South East Asia. Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore. Now this popular chili is found all over the world. They may appear small but they pack a burning punch and can contain between 50,000-100,000 Scoville Units, almost as hot as a Habanero.

Some sources state that the name birds eye comes from these chili bushes being started by birds picking and dropping the chilis. Birds don’t feel any effects from chilli oil therefore they don’t get the burning sensation humans do.


Birds Eye chillies are one of the easiest species to grow and maintain. They are a thick bush with lightweight fruit and are very forgiving. They can grow in sandy soil conditions to rich soil conditions. As with every other chillie they enjoy humid climates and moisture.

These chillies can withstand cold climates too even down to -20deg C. They will lose all their leaves but when spring comes they will re-shoot and fruit. Birds Eye bushes will mature and fruit very quickly, it takes about between 90-120 days and the bushes are known to last several years.

Characteristics of the Birds Eye Chillie plant

Plant height up to 2meters
Stem color Green
Leaf color Green
Leaf size 3-8cm by 2-4cm
Fruit color at maturity green, orange and red
Fruit shape conical
Fruit length 2–3 cm
Fruit width at shoulder .5 cm

My birds eye chili bush

Fruit weight 2-3 grams
Fruit surface smooth
Seed color Light tan
Seeds per chillie 10-20

Birds eyes are used mostly for cooking but they can also be used as a natural insect repellent or pesticide when mixed with water.

I live in a inner city apartment building and have 1 birds eye chillie in a pot.

It is only 3 months old and i harvest about a dozen chillies a week. I water it once a day and make sure it gets lots of morning sunshine. I’m very proud on my plant.

Would love to see other readers birds eye chili bushes and story’s. Drop us a line if you have one.

Check out our great range of chili seeds!!



  1. Vinu

    i live in central part of kerala and cultivated lot of Birds eye chilli, which is known as KAnthari Mulaku in Kerala. Easy to grow and tasty. It is good for controlling Cholestrol and Hyper Tension. For any information contact me in

    • Eugene Gundona

      Hi am from Ahana west Africa i will be be greaful please let me know the birds eye cilli can control hypertension.

  2. Scot

    We started growing some bird’s eye seeds about 3 or 4 months ago and we have a brilliant grouping of tall plants now, about a week ago they began to flower with little white flowers, though so far no sign of any fruit have appeared at any of the flowered nodes. Do Bird’s Eye plant come in male and female varieties? Will a sterile plant still flower? Can I pollinate it somehow? We have about 12 stalks all between 1-1.5 meters tall, they get plenty of light and plenty of water.
    Anyone, any ideas?
    please reply to my email

  3. johan

    HI I had some of the birds eye in my garden but sold the premises. the new owner remove every thing. will it be possible to bay some seed from you


  4. johan

    HI I had some of the birds eye in my garden but sold the premises. the new owner remove every thing. will it be possible to buy some seed from you


  5. Eugene Gundona

    Hi am from Ahana west Africa i will be be greaful if you could please let me knowt how he birds eye cilli can controll hypertension and chlestrol.

  6. Vinu

    If anyone from India requires green and white birds eye chilli seeds(heirloom), contact in mail id: specifying your rquirement. Other vegetable seeds like Yard long beans(HYBRID), okra/Bhindi(OP and HYBRID), green brinjal(OP), Violet brinjal(HYBRID), tomato(HYBRID),Cabbage (HYBRID), Cauliflower(HYBRID), Cucumber (OP and HYBRID), Bottle Gourd(HYBRID),Chilly(HYBRID) Pumpkin(HYBRID), Snake Gourd(HYBRID), Coriander(OP) and flower seeds like marigold, vinca, celosia, ornamental chilly etc. also available.

  7. Cecilia


    I have a birdseye chilli bush whose leaves are going very yellow. I live in Brisbane, Qld, Australia. What should I do?


    Hi I live in South Africa and i have been growing birds eye chilles .Let me know if you would like to purchase.

    i would sell to you FCA.

    Vassi 0727777755

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