Monday, January 23, 2012

green finger tips - growing chilli

Chilli lovers can enjoy growing chilli bushes. Chilli belongs to the solanum family, which includes tomatoe and potato. This red hot chilli seedling was planted in September and is about 3 weeks old.

Two months later, the seedling is developing well and getting a lot taller. Chilli is relatively easy to grow, needing little attention and a little water. There are a great variety of chillies which vary in strength and size.

The first flowers appear on the chilli plants in January. This bush is standing about 65cm tall now. It is full of flowers and fruit.

The flowers are opening and the tiny chilli pods are forming.

Now the first handful of green chilli pods are in the hand. The pods emerge green, turn black and then red.

In February black chilli pods are all over the bush.

Finally in March the chilli pods are becoming a deep radiant red

The bush will last for a few seasons. It produces prolifically. The chilli bush dies back in the winter, but happily reestablishes itself in the spring. Chilli is a great insect repellent and is a great companion plant of herbs like basil and tarragon. The red chilli pods can be cut up and added to natural insect sprays.

Harvest your chillies and make chilli salt, chilli sauce and chilli jam. There are delicious chill recipes which will fulfill your desire for chilli dishes.


Bret said...

I also companion plant! It seems that this is key to getting better yields. I have "the bucket garden" which is a high density, interplanted system. Every time I plant I have a companion that goes with it. Happy Gardening!

jeannine davidoff said...

Hi Bret Glad you are a companion planter. great blog you have. Please would you backlink to my site i have added your to my blog roll. Keep up the great work. enjoy your garden!

AL said...

The chilli's look excellent. When I plant basil next time I will add a chilli plant to go with it. Great Info.