Also known as
Chile Petin, Bird Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Capsicum annum 'Glabriusculum', chile piquín and caballero
Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum
How to care for Chile Penguin
How often to water your Chile Penguin
Chile Penguin needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Irondequoit, New York.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Irondequoit, New York
34% Very Low
Finding light for Chile Penguin in your home
Chile Penguin love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Irondequoit, New York ⛅.
Chile Penguin does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Chile Penguin
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chile Penguin after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Chile Penguin prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Chile Penguin requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
Chile Penguin doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.
Chile Penguin does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Chile Penguin is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.
Chile Penguin is native to the Americas.
Care Summary for Chile Penguin
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Irondequoit, New York, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.