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The chillies are 5 inches long and light green and seem to have stopped growing

? Will they turn red or can I pick them now when they are green

Advice please


Letting them mature will give you their full kick. They need decent warmth to hasten the ripening process.

Stacey Docherty

Let them mature on the plant they will have stopped growing to ripen. Unless you want to bake them( I use green ones to stuff with cheese and bake or to  tempura!) and as italophile says the longer on the plant will help their scoville rating as they are quite varied......


Mine are turning red slowly in the greenhouse, going to pick them and freeze them.  Plants are starting to look a bit ropey though, think they've done their job.


Thanks all as usual

Temperature a few weeks ago in the conservatory was 30 degrees

One is just going pink and as I like it hot I will wait

I picked one a few days ago and that was very hot !!

Mine are Hungarian Hot Wax




Apache are hot enough for me. I've lost most of the labels this year but recognise that one. I've also a pale green one, tapered and about 3.5 inches long. Not a hint of it turning black. Do all chillies/peppers go black before red? 



Different varieties go through various colours, Zoomer. Some ripen as green.

Stacey Docherty

Zoomer most don't go black first unless its a black variety I have black pearl and purple riot however the flowers are usually purple for black varieties....

Stacey Docherty

If anyone child any chilli seeds let me know I have quite a few( more than I'm going to grow)

I have grown Hungarian Hot Wax for the first time and the chillis are very mild. Never had a chilli before that you can eat raw, even the one that have gone red. The name is a bit misleading.

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