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How to grow Chillies

How to grow Chillies

Chillies are part of the capsicum family often referred to as the fiery cousins of there larger family members and are eaten in almost every part of the world in some form.  The heat in chilli’s comes from a compound called capsaicin. Most of it resides in the white flesh and seeds; you can reduce the heat produced by cutting out the seeds prior to cooking.  Given the right conditions, plants in the pepper family are very easy to grow. There are many forms available, so you'll be able to find one that's right for your climate, soil and palate. This is very much the joy of growing chillies over the years finding the one plant that suits you! Nothing beats trial and error in the garden to produce the best results over the long term.

 

When starting out for best results a rich, free-draining soil is essential. Blend in a quality compost a week or so before planting.  Even with ideal conditions, getting chilli seeds to germinate can be a slow, and take from one to six weeks. Just the same as the majority of other plants, chilli seeds need warmth, oxygen, and moisture before germination will occur. If your soil is not up to growing chillies they will grow just as well in pots, also handy for those in cooler climates as during winter you can take inside to keep alive for the next season.


Chillis need regular watering to produce quality fruit. However, they are quite tough once established and can tolerate dry conditions provided they have periodic deep waterings.  Soil that stays wet for long periods can bring on rootrot and may also lead to fruit having a bitter taste. When watering use water that is not straight from the tap of if so mix with a little warm water as chillies hate cold water.  Plants grown in soil that's too dry will produce smaller crops of undersized fruit. A good trick I have learnt is once the seedlings are in flower give them a feed of tomato fertisler (about half of what is reccomended for a tomato plant)

Mildew and mould may appear in humid conditions and if plants are overcrowded. To fix these problems, cut back on overhead watering and thin out the bushes. Chillies are best used straight from harvest but you can store them in the freezer or hang them up to dry in bunches if need be.

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