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04/09/2013 at 11:04

My husband bought a chilli plant last year and all was well until this summer when the fruit started turning black, they have not gone mushy and other wise seem quite alright . I do not know the variety of the chilli the are a bit like the size of bird's eye chillies.Has anyone any ideas please.

04/09/2013 at 11:42

Some chilli varieties ripen to what looks like black, finty. Try one and see what it's like. The plant is from last season? Was it overwintered?

04/09/2013 at 12:10

Pic?? I have several black varieties... Black pearl, purple riot, black habenero and black cobra..... Could just be a black variety leave it it may turn red or stay black!!

04/09/2013 at 12:21

Mine are the same, I just thoiught they were neglected

04/09/2013 at 19:57

The chilli was bought last year and was in the kitchen nearly all winter but may have been put out in the spring but as I said it has been healthy enough in the summer. some of the fruit has gone from green to red but a lot of the others are turning black.My husband thought they had got some disease/virus and started taking them off and getting rid but then I read that they can grow black first but I don't know if it is certain varieties or all of them.

05/09/2013 at 06:32

finty, the only way to know is to try one. They're either a black variety or passing their use-by date. If the latter, they will be getting soft.

05/09/2013 at 06:46

I just picked up some can't wait to plant

05/09/2013 at 08:18

Tim nice choice long growing period ......


an example of black chillies.... These are purple riot...



05/09/2013 at 08:19

I have found that if the flowers have purple in them then you will have black chillis that will turn reds. White flowers usually go green first....

05/09/2013 at 21:26

I think he will leave well alone for now and see what happens , luckily nice chillies

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