How to grow Chillies

| June 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
How to grow chillies

Chillies

How to grow chillies in Perth

Chillies (Capsicum frutescens) originate from South and Central America. They are members of the Solanaceae family. Plants are bushy, roughly 55–85 cm high and are semi-perennials that are grown as annuals in cultivation. Chilli varieties may occur in many shapes, sizes and colours, and have a range of pungencies. If you have ever wondered how to grow Chillies well it’s so simple anyone can do it.

Climate:

Optimum temperatures for fruit setting are between 16°C and 21°C. For good fruit development, night temperatures of 15–17°C and day temperatures of 24–30°C are best. Perth’s arid climate means you can plant chillies any time of the year.

Varieties:

Choose according to ‘heat’ or seed. Popular choices include ‘Jalapeno’, ‘Cayenne’ or ‘Habanero’.

Planting:

Sow in punnets and plant out in 5-6 weeks. Seeds should be planted at a depth approximately 3 times the diameter of the seed.

Storing:

Chillies are best eat fresh however if you do have excess they freeze quiet well simply wash, dry, and freeze whole. Alternatively chillies can be pickled allowing you to have crisp flavoursome chilli all year round.

If you have any tips on how to grow chillies then share them in comments section below.


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