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Growing chillies

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 02:30PM

Category: Miscellaneous

Written by Sarah | With 1 comment

At work we are having a competition to see who could grow the biggest chilli plant from seeds - although I think only two of us have actually managed to grow anything. It is surprisingly easy to grow chilli plants, and this is coming from a person who has managed to kill cacti and aloe vera, possibly the easiest plants in the world to look after (..although I blame Nybble for the aloe, he managed to eat half of it before I noticed).

Nybble closeup
Who, me?

What I find interesting is the chilli peppers actually come out of the flowers. You first get very pretty, small, white star shaped flowers, which then whither away, and the chilli pepper forms. The following three photos show the three different stages of pepper growth on my biggest chilli plant. I have ten chilli's on the go, however two are doing amazingly and will produce fruit, six are a bit behind but hopefully will survive too, and two are pathetic little limp green things that I might give to the bunnies for an afternoon snack. After all, they have been providing me with a wonderful supply of organic fertilizer in the form of poo. Rabbit poo is an excellent fertilizer for plants that produce flowers and fruit as it has quite a high phosphorus content. I knew those bunnies would come in useful at some point!

chilli white star flower
Chilli flower

a growing chilli pepper
A pepper growing from the wilted flower

a chilli pepper
Nearly fully grown chilli

Tagged with: Chilli, gardening

Comments

Hi - I have two chilli bushes, one is 2+ meters tall and about 1.5mt wide.   It was so laden I had to prune some branches 3 weeks ago from which I gathered 613gms  (mostly green) chilli!  The other chilli plant is growing very well and probably will catch up in size and height.  My chillies are unusual as they stand upright and the flower is white star shape with very narrow petals. I've been trying to identify it. Wonder if you can help?  I've been in contact with Hoyts herbs and spices as it was seeds from them that I have grown.  They've told me all their chilli seeds come from India.  I think the plants I've grown are Calcutta - but would love someone to confirm this.   Hope you can help   thanks  
judith O'Neil
Sat, 03 May 2014 08:02AM

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