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Growing Chilli peppers, also Hot peppers

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      S T T T          

(Best months for growing Chilli peppers in Australia - tropical regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 18°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 40 - 50 cm apart
  • Harvest in 9-11 weeks. Wear gloves to pick 'hot' chilies.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best grown in a separate bed as chillis need plenty of light and air circulation.
  • Small, hot, chilli
    Small, hot, chilli

Small bushy plants. Dark green ovate leaves.

Chilli need warm frost free weather, so protect with glass or plastic covers if planting outside in cooler areas.

Most varieties need a long growing period to produce many fruit.

There are many types of chilli. Some are more fiery than others. As a general rule, the smaller the pod the hotter the taste.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Chilli peppers

Chillis freeze very well. Wash, dry, and free whole. Use them direct from the freezer (no need to defrost).
Wear plastic gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after handling and cutting to avoid accidentally rubbing chilli juice onto your mouth or eyes!

Your comments and tips

30 Nov 17, George Tsui (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Blueberry dying: After growing in pot for nearly a year, my Blueberry starting to die, can some advise me why???
10 Jan 18, Edward S (Australia - temperate climate)
Check your soil pH. Blueberries require acidic soil. If pH>5.5, add peatmoss to the soil. Also, try not to water with tap water. Tap water is alkaline. Water with rainwater.
03 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Why would you ask about blueberries in the chilli section? I have no idea - water, heat ????. Google how to grow blueberries.
21 Nov 17, William R (Australia - tropical climate)
Anyone growing orange habaneros in Cairns? Looking for seeds or seedlings. Cheers William
23 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You can buy from "Boondie Seeds" on the net. $1 for 20 seeds. $2 postage for many packets - $20 worth of seeds free postage.
21 Nov 17, WWilliam R (Australia - tropical climate)
We are in Cairns. Any chance of some seeds? We have red Habonero seeds available if you would like some.
09 Sep 17, Ray Kruger (Australia - temperate climate)
My Bishops Crown has grown up to 1.2 metres tall and fruiting has diminished. Can I prune the bush? If so should this improve fruiting?
13 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have never tried to grow them. Maybe too much N. Have a look on the internet about growing them - how to grow chilli.
26 Jul 17, Howard (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Live in Queensland Australia am about to plant seeds from chilli .anything special ishoukd do?
28 Jul 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Google how to grow chilli and read several articles.
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