Chilli Ornamental Choice Mixed - Seeds
Chilli plants make great gifts for the cook or grow your own enthusiast. The more compact varieties will thrive in a cool conservatory, sheltered patio, or even a sunny window sill and the more you crop them the more they produce.
The chili pepper (also chile pepper or chilli pepper, from Nahuatl chilli) is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae.
The term in British English and in Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia and other Asian countries is just chilli without "pepper".
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|chilli pepper, bell pepper, paprika, cayenne, halapenos, chitlepin, Christmas pepper,Hot pepper||-||Year round||0.5 to 1.0 metre||Easy|
Planting and care
Plant into small pots or preferably into Jiffy coir (coconut husk) pellets. If you are using Jiffy pellets, soak them until they have swollen to size and put two seeds into each one, just below the surface. If you are planting into pots, fill one pot per seed type to about 2 cm below the rim, firm down the compost and soak thoroughly. be aware that chilli seedlings quickly exhaust the nutrients in the coir.
Place the seeds with a good space between them so that you do not harm the roots when you come to potting on and cover them with a fine layer of sieved compost and coir mix. Use separate pots or trays for each variety and donâ€™t forget to label them or you will spend several frustrated months not knowing which plant is which.
|Chilli plants like sunshine, the more sunlight the fruits receive the hotter they will grow||Chillies grow well in a well drained, fertile soil. If planting in pots be sure to use a good organic compost that will retain moisture.||Keep your chilli plants well watered and mulched. But dont over water. |
The soil should be free draining. Chillies don t grow in swamps.
|Chilli seeds need 20Â°C to germinate, and it should be 30Â°C or more for the fruit to ripen. Night temperatures should not drop below 15Â°C.||If your soil is poor, you ll have to fertilize your chillies. When fertilizing chillies keep in mind that, like their relatives and indeed most fruiting plants, chillies like potassium. Too much nitrogen will make them grow lots of soft leaves and no fruit.|
- Chilli plants should be fairly easy to care for.
- They need to be protected from frost and will do best in a sunny spot out of any cold winds or draughts.
- A South or East facing windowsill or sheltered patio is ideal Chilli plants should be kept in a small pot.
- They really don t like being over potted and will suffer from placing in to large a pot too quickly.
- Most of our chilli plants shouldn t need repotting in their first year, however if you are struggling to keep up with the watering or if your plants is 3 or more times the size of it s pot then you can re-pot.
- Just choose a pot that is only 2 or 3 cm bigger in diameter and use a good general purpose compost with some drainage.
- Chilli plants love sunshine, they originate in South America after all, the more sunlight your plant can get on fruit, the hotter the fruit will become.
- Chilli plants are greedy feeders and will benefit from feeding in the growing season.
- A tomato feed, baby bio or any other high nitrogen feed will keep the leaves nice and green and keep your plant fruiting longer.
- Apply in line with the manufacturers instructions every couple of weeks from July through to September.
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