Description – A stunning ornamental edible, but also a very good culinary variety. The attractive flowers are followed by conical chillies which ripen from light purple through white, to orange and finally bright red. With a fairly mild heat and a sweet fragrant flavour they are excellent for sweet chilli sauce.
Sowing – Place seed on the surface of a free-draining compost and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator at 18-20C (64-68F) until after germination, which takes up to 14 days. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm (3in) pots.
Growing – For Indoor Crops: Plant 2 plants per growbag or individually into 20cm (8in) pots. Plant height up to 40cm (16in) when grown in a container. For Outdoor Crops: Gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting 45cm (18in) apart in sunny, fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Plant in final situation from early June once frost risk has passed and protect from biting winds. Plant height up to 70cm (28in) if planted in a sunny spot in the garden. Feed weekly with tomato fertiliser once first fruits have set.
Harvest – July to October