Chilli plants are not only useful, but such attractive plants too, and what’s more you can grow a whole range of different types for different dishes, not just rely on the supermarket red or green ones.
I’ve planted some from a kit this year, a useful little box containing all you need to start off the plants, including the compost, in the form of clever little compressed discs that that just need a soak in water to expand, plant pots, plant markers and of course the seeds.
- Korean Chillies
- Chilli Finger
- Thin Chillies/Cayenne Pencil
- Red chillies/Krimson Lee
- Multi-coloured Chillies/Numex Twighlight
The kit also includes instructions on how to plant them.
My chilli seeds are starting life in a heated propagator to speed up the germination process, covering them in a plastic bag and keeping them somewhere warm until they sprout also works well too.
- plant 2 or 3 seeds per pot, once they germinate, tweak out the weakest and keep the strongest on a sunny, warm window-sill
- when they have a pair of well-formed leaves above their first leaves, plant the whole pot in a larger 3in/8cm plant pot
- transfer them to a 9in/22cm pot at the end of May and place them outside to grow in a sunny, sheltered spot
- pinch out the tip of each little branch when the whole plant is about 30cm/1 foot tall, this so they’ll develop into a nice bushy plant rather than a gaunt, leggy one. Gently tie them to a stick if the plant starts to lean
- once the flowers appear they’ll need a feed of potash every week or two to encourage lots of chillies to grow, liquid tomato feed is perfect for this job.
Depending on the variety chilies will be ready for picking during mid to late summer.
Those nice people at Primrose that make these chilli kits are offering one each to three Growing Nicely readers, just leave a comment at the end of this post, saying why you’d like to win an extreme chilli kit.
Look forward to hearing from you
This is how the comp. works
- three winners will win one chilli kit each
- the competition is for mainland UK residents only
- no purchase is necessary
- each person is limited to just one entry
- the winners will be announced on Monday 16th March, entries after 11.59 pm on Sunday 15th March won’t be counted
- by entering the competition, you give Growing Nicely the the right to use your name for the sole purpose of identifying you as a winner of the competition and on other social media sites.
All photos: Jill Anderson