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Growing Chilli peppers, also Hot peppers

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Chilli peppers in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays 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 64°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 16 - 20 inches 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

13 Feb 18, Len (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi all...i'd like some advice on chilles..i have two or three plants in that produce pretty well,not sure of the name,there pretty good and hot lol however i seem to be growing the small ones,then i go to the super market and they have quite large ones that look pretty good and juicy so they must have a name as i'd like to grow some of them large ones...i live the other side of Mildura in the North West of Victoria near the N.S.W border. whatcha reckon? cheers Len.
13 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Len - I have never grown chilies but here is my two bobs worth. I have read the smaller the chilli the hotter it is. If you want to know what kind of chilies you have or the supermarket have, then go to a few seed selling companies websites and check out the different varieties. Try Seed collection - Boondie Seeds - New Life seeds. Plenty of photos there to check.
10 Feb 18, Desiree (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi I planted habeneros and jalepenos but the insects are eating the leaves, any natural insecticide I can use
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.
29 Nov 17, Lalita patel (New Zealand - temperate climate)
How many chilli plants will grow in a medium size pot
02 Dec 17, Hamsa Lingam (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You can sow up to 10 seeds but you must transplant when it is about 10 cm to individual pots for the plant to grow and give abundant chillies
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.
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Live in Queensland Australia am about to plant seeds from chilli .anything special ishoukd do?

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