Growing Chilli Peppers
Tips for getting your plants off to a good start
Capsicum and chilies
This spring and summer you will find our vegetable section brimming with capsicums and chilis. Our growing department in Christchurch has been trialling and tasting new ranges to bring you the pepper family champions.
Growing and location:
When planting use Oderings Shrub & Tub Mix, and feed with Total Replenish. Capsicums and chilis are fond of pots with a capacity of at least 15 litres, to get their root systems warmed up. If you choose to plant direct into the garden, make sure they are not too wet and keep them weed free.
Capsicum and chilis perform better when planted early, from August in glasshouses, and in gardens no later than Labour weekend. If planting into pots and garden beds, be aware of frosts and where possible place the plant against the house facing full north. Make a cloche with stakes and microclimba; this material can be removed later once frosts have passed, and helps to protect from strong, cold winds. This is important to intensify the heat for the hottest chilis if you want the maximum Scoville rating.
Watering & Crown Bud:
Initially, try to keep plants from getting too wet. As the days get hotter, more water will be required, especially when the fruits begin swelling. As your plant grows into a bush the growth will create a fork shape; this is where the crown flower (first flower) will form with fruit. If these first flowers are not removed it will stunt the growth of your plant and it will put all its energy into that one fruit.
Pests & Diseases:
Prevention is key. Upon planting, apply neem granules around the base of the plant and reapply every 4-6 weeks for a safe pest deterrent. If Insects are present use a pyrethrum-based spray.
Most fruiting should be finished by the end of March. Dispose of plants once fruiting is finished.
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