Half Hardy Annual
Description – A popular pepper the world over one of the best for drying and powdering. The medium hot fruits offer a wide range of uses in the kitchen however. Use fresh in a wide range of dishes – anywhere you want to add a zing to your meals without blowing your socks off! Sow seeds early in the year for the longest harvest window.
Sowing – Sow seeds on the surface of a good, free-draining, damp, seed sowing mix and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place seed trays in a propagator at a temperature of 18-25°C (64-77°F) until after germination. Do not exclude light as this helps germination.
Growing – When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into individual 7.5cm (3in) pots of compost and grow on in cooler conditions. When plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, transplant them into grow bags or containers, or plant them in well prepared beds of fertile, moist, well drained soil. Chili peppers may be grown undercover in a greenhouse or polytunnel, or grown outdoors in a sheltered position in full sun. When growing chilli peppers outdoors, gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 to 10 days prior to transplanting them. Space pepper plants at a distance of 50cm (20in) apart.
Harvest – June, July, August, September