Chilli seeds

Chilli - Ring of Fire

Growing suggestions for chilli seeds

Sow chilli seeds indoors with heat from February, the ideal temperature is 20C. If sown in a seed tray,  prick out seedlings into 10cm pots once they germinate. If grown in plugs pot them on when they have two sets of true leaves. Transplant into final position in May, either under cover or in a sunny sheltered spot. Stake plants as needed. The main shoot can be pinched out when the plants are 30cm tall to encourage side shoots but this is not essential.

Chili growing calendar
Chilli growing calendar

Crop History

Chillies and peppers (aka capsicums) have been cultivated for over 8000 years, and are descended from wild capsicums found in Central and South America. Although associated with Indian and Asian cuisine, chillies did not arrive in these regions until the sixteenth century on colonial trading vessels. All wild capsicums are spicy, sweet peppers were developed first in Hungary.

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