Growing Chilli peppers, also Hot peppers

Capsicum sp. : Solanaceae / the nightshade family

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

(Best months for growing Chilli peppers in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • P = Sow seed
  • 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' chillies.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best grown in a separate bed as chillies need plenty of light and air circulation.

Your comments and tips

14 Jan 09, Quinny (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello, I have a range of chillis in, - jalapenos, banana, birdseye. Some of the larger chillis have started getting brown spots, that spread, until the whole chilli goes brown and hard. It's not affecting all the chillis on the plant. I thought it could be blosssom end rot, but it is not actually starting on the blossom end, but rather somewhere around the middle or lower end. Any thoughts?
18 Apr 12, Eliza (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, I'm growing Birdseye and jalapeƱos at the moment. The Birdseye is doing well but the leaves on the jalapeƱo are turning yellow. The fruit continue to look healthy! I live in coastal south eastern Australia, but it hasn't been too cold yet. Any ideas?
17 Jan 09, Elliot (Australia - temperate climate)
Jamie - 2 things it could be.Lack of water when the chillies are ripening, or a grub that gets layed in the young chillie and eats the inside of the chillie causing it to rot
24 Jan 09, cy (Australia - temperate climate)
yah im growing chilis for the first deep shoudl you plant them.
18 Feb 09, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Jaime. Open up one of the chili's, if is crawling with Grubs it is more than likely fruit fly. Make sure you put the spoiled fruit in a bucket of wate to kill the grubs. Then into the bin. Do not put int the compost, or the mulch at the botom of your plants. I'm still looking for a way to prevent the fly in the first place.
25 Feb 09, Ty (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have a few small worms/grubs eating my chillies from the inside. Any advice on how to send them packing? - Sydney
27 Feb 09, Athrael (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Lucy, All my chilli plants are grown in pots which makes it easier to bring them inside during winter. So yours should be alright by the sounds of it. Only problem is you would need to repot them once the plants get too big :)
05 Mar 09, Buddy (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi My birds eye chilies grow very well but they dont fruit , only a few chilies, then nothing till they die off ...any ideas that may help ???
08 Mar 09, Mick (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You may need to give them an extra helping hand in pollination. use a dry toothpick or similar, and gently brush it around in all the flowers, and see if that helps. I have African Birdseye x Thai chillies that did the same for a month or so. After that (mid-summer) they fruited just fine. If that doesn't work, then try adding in a little extra fertiliser, but don't go overboard. Also, water kills pollen, so try not to spray the plants with a shower from the hose, so much as a slow soak from the ground.
14 Mar 09, Daniel (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a few Naga Jolokia plants growing, they are flowering, but not producing any fruit, any ideas how I can get them to produce fruit? Also how do I go about collecting seed to grow more at a later date?
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Absolutely, the purpose of the grow bag is to weep the moisture from the ground. If you have the bags on a different surface than bare soil/(non-permeable) you're not using them the way they were intended to be used. You could actually use a bathroom scale and weigh the bag filled with soil/ and planting before watering. Get them all around the same weight, remember or record. Totally saturate the bags, wait until all water dissipates from around them/ excess water drains out and weigh them again, record. You will know exactly how much moisture/medium they hold (8lb/1gal). Over the course of the next days/weeks depending on your conditions, if you go so far as to monitor the weight via the scale or just pick them up to see how heavy they feel you will learn when they (??)

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