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I like the slightly sweet taste to Scotch bonnet as it has fruity apples and cherry tones to it. Has anyone tried growing them? I would like to try a couple this year but not sure if they are a good cropper.
Verdun I recommend you visit south devon chillie farm website and get a few plants off that! it depends what you want ... Decorative, hot, mild, long, unusual?
Edd they are a good cropper but i tend to find they are not as hot over here have you tried cherry bomb? It has the sweet/ hot tang and is spectacular and tasty with a thick flesh ideal for pickling but is a tall (2ft) plant
If you don't want to grow from seed then I cannot reccomend enough the south devon chillie farm plants my top pick would be the "super six"
This set is a selection of our favourite chillies on the farm:Twilight (40,000 SHU), Super (70,000 SHU),Orange Habanero (350,000 SHU), Red Scotch Bonnet (250,000SHU), Cherry Bomb(6,000SHU)and Santa Fe Grande) (5,000SHU). these varieties
Hi Stacey Docherty.
No i have only ever grown one chilli plant before. I just potted some seed from a supermarket chilli (no idea what it was) It grew well in the kitchen window sill and cropped well. The plant was only about 1ft tall but had no heat to it (the original fruit did) so it was a little disappointing.
I think cherry bomb at 2ft tall would be a bit big for my needs. Would i be able to nip it out so it gets more bushy than tall or would i need this height to get the flowers?
EDIT: the one i grew were this.
I've grown Fresno, 2500 ~ 8000 SHU, Apache 8000 + SHU and two kinds of Kashmiri which are probably more like the Fresno, around 5000 SHU. The first one looked like the above, the second one was from some seed I got from dried Kashmiri ones I bought on line. Not great plants and not the best chillies unlike the first ones which were from seed I got from Waitrose dried Kashmiris I think they stopped selling them though. The Fresno are just hot enough for one for my pizza. The Apache can be too hot for a whole one. I'm not a chilli head.
Edd they are jalepeno and if you got them from the supermarket they probably were... Firecracker ( picture posted) is an excellent small bushy plant Ideal for window ledges as it has clusters of multi coloured fruit and is quite hot... GW has a free tomato and chilli offer with x3 great chillis although I have to say the scotch bonnet has a long fruiting/ripening season so outside wouldn't come to much.... Edd there are also some great black chillis that are compact pretty and heavy croppers black pearl is a good one
Thanks Stacey. Any idea why my jalepeno had no heat to them?
I do like the fruity kind and cherry bomb sounds good, will look into the others.
Barbara, I tried pepper (sweet) patio red. (capsicum annuum) but not one of them germinated so i am in the same boat as you. I have just found the packet so will try again. A small problem might be that they are dated 2013 but i will give them a go anyway.
That is an amazing harvest, Pete! I wish my chili plants would grow like that
We grew chillies for the first time last summer - we bought 3 seedling Apache plants from the local GC and treated them much the same as we treated out outside tomato plant, but popped them into the mini-greenhouse to ripen. We had a fantastic harvest, used lots fresh and dried loads and loads of them and we're still using them.
Good heat but not burning, and with a good flavour too - worth trying Verdun
Edd try soaking the seeds in cold tea overnight!( no milk or sugar lol) we were told at a Balinese chilli farm that the tanning replicated the acids of a birds stomach!!! I have a 95+ success rate germinating mine with no heated propogator just this a window ledge above a radiator and a freezer bag!!! I would be happy to send you some chilli bomb seeds if I want to pm me. As for why the jalepenos had no heat probably the same reason most supermarket food doesn't taste of anything!!!!
I was just looking through the Feb issue of GW magazine and they have a 4 page article on chillies and peppers with tips and troubleshooting. Might be worth a read.
Thanks garden maiden I will have a mooch missed that!!! I have just booked my tickets for the chilli fiesta at west dean 8-10th august this year..... It's well worth a visit it's a fun family day with everything chilli related plus you can wander through the amazing gardens at west dean ( near Chichester)
I agree Dove, Apache is a great cropper, I only had the one in 2012 and I'm still using them and I gave a load to my mum, and I expect what's left will last me until 2015. I dried mine too.
Stacey do you save your own seeds or do you always buy them?
Hi Stacey Docherty.
Sorry i missed your post. I would love some chilli bomb seeds, it is most kind of you.
I will pm you and then my son and i will try your cold tea method. I think that when they grow i will be tempted to pick and eat them like tomatoes!
I grow 'Prarie Fire', a small window ledge chilli that is very hot. I have got dozens off each plant in previous years and I pick and freeze them whole, without any preparation.
They freeze really well and are easy to chop from frozen.
I have just pricked out 3 seedlings, which were grown in a heated propagator, into 9cm pots for growing on. I will plant them into larger pots finally (about 9") and keep them on a south facing windowledge.
hello Stacy... I posted a thread earlier and got directed here to speak to you... HOPEFULLY you can push me in the right direction!!
I'm currently living in Cyprus, I moved here the beginning of last year. I planted scotch bonnets and cayennes around march/april last year, from seed and didnt do too badly, although my first time growing!
I've recently (3-4 weeks ago) planted more seeds (scotch bonnets, jalapeno, cayenne, trinidad scorpion and chocolate bhuts) into a small propagator. The daytime temp is topping at 21c and the night time dropping to 11-13c, i put a small light over the propagator to generate some heat as I cant get a heat mat over here and its a BIG pain to get them shipped... but I've had no luck what soever so far, not even a peeping sprout from the jalapenos!
Am I just being impatient or am I doing something wrong?
Evening all... Lancashire lass prarie fire is a fab fab chilli especially when the fruits ripen at differant times...
jim I always save my seeds I harvest so many chillis I have a dehydrator to dry them all and I save te seeds. And like I have said always soak in cold black tea Prior to germination...
jim the seeds you have planted need a constant 25• + I am not familiar with the Trinidad scorpion but I would assume it would need the same. The bhuts in my experience in the uk need 28 • to germinate. All of the chillis you are growing come from hot climates so I would suggest germinating at 28• for all of them. Have you tried putting them in a plastic bag? ( clear) chillis will do well once true leaves have appeared at 10•+ ( I just harvested some off wilted plants last week!) I can only assume that the temperatures are not consistent enough. Can you get a heated propogator? Or move tem inside onto a sunny window ledge? I put all my seedlings into freezer bags and seal the bag and it seems to work a treat!!! Hope this helps a little I will rack my brains to help a little more after a cup of tea lol