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Scotch bonnet chilies

27 October 2009 17:29:23
Scotch bonnet chillies

Scotch bonnet chillies

Picked some more of the scotch bonnet chillies this morning, it was our first year to grow this type of chili and we are well pleased with the returns! we have picked about 40 chillies from the plant so far with about the same again on the plant! will monitor it closely and if need be will pick the remainder green and let them ripen in the kitchen, although small this chili packs a seriously HOT punch!! it is a compact plant about 2ft x 2ft and sturdy, no need for staking, if you like your chillies HOT this one is the one to grow!!!!


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Jacinta Jacinta 27 October 2009 18:15:29

One of the peppers I got in Lanzarote is a chilipepper,  I think. (Largo de Reus). I hope they are as colourful and tasty looking as all your chilipeppers.


ClaireE ClaireE 27 October 2009 18:58:14

Today I bought a chilli growing kit - or rather, I went to a garden centre with my daughters and they saw this and really wanted to buy it for their dad, who is the only person in the family who loves hot dishes, and addd spices all the time to his own meals while we eat our "bland" ones! I was a bit disappointed to realise afterwards that there is no variety indicated, but we will give it a try and see what grows!


fran m fran m 27 October 2009 19:45:47

Dave, is it worth trying to plant a few chillie seeds indoors in south facing extension that gets loads of light as an experiment?


milkchurns milkchurns 27 October 2009 21:09:34

i love a hot chillie.i will be try that kind next year.


chilipepper chilipepper 28 October 2009 12:46:50

Hi Fran, seeds will germinate and grow on your kitchen window no problem! but don't sow seed till the middle of February, you could grow them indoor no problem, but choose a small type of plant that wont spread to much, scotch bonnet would be ideal, in summer leave it out on the patio as long as weather is reasonable (no strong wind, cold breeze or heavy rain) and it will be quiet happy and give you a good crop of chillies! 


chilipepper chilipepper 28 October 2009 12:48:28

Hi Paul, recommend it, compact and easy to grow, just rember they are HOT!!!!


chilipepper chilipepper 28 October 2009 12:51:31

Hi Claire, strange it had no name, they mostly use a cayenne chilli in those kits, well you will be in for a surprise! best of luck with it!!!! 


chilipepper chilipepper 28 October 2009 12:58:45

Hi Jacinta, Largo de Reus, its a bell pepper, vigorous, grows to about 50/60cm, dense sweet flesh!  


ClaireE ClaireE 28 October 2009 19:09:14

Actually, I eventually found the name, it was on the seed packet, at the bottom of the pot. It's called "purple tiger". The instructions say that it should be in a temperature of 25ºC, I hope it will germinate at less otherwise we are in trouble, as even the warmest room in the house, the kitchen, rarely reaches this temperature!


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