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I first grew a chilli plant when recieved a gift set of seeds, compost etc.I don't have a garden so I grow plants in pots or window boxes. the chili plant is quite pretty to look at,is easy to grow and if you have it in a sunny enough spot you might actually produce some chillies!
They are an ideal plant for older children to try as they get results quite quickly.The plant produces tiny white flowers which then turn into green chillies, which then turn orange and finally red.
When handling chillies you must be careful as they can burn sensitive skin when they are chopped.They are a very useful condiment however and if used carefully in cooking they can add a nice fiery kick. Chillies are useful in the body as they stimulate circulation and because they contain vitamin c they can help ward off colds.
I would recommend growing chillies in your kitchen or any room in the house that has an available sunny spot.They are easy to grow but if you want to increase the amount of chillies your plants produce you could use a cotton bud to pollinate them;by gently dipping the end of the bud into the flowers and moving the pollen from one flower to the next.
Quite generalised but still encourages me to research further into the subject.
Little_Raven 18.10.2002 12:21
Great I'm definately gonna grow some now you've said it's easy. Mind you if I don't get any chillies I'll be back! ;o)
COOOEEE 01.03.2002 19:31
The seeds can be very slow to start sprouting. I get mine free by buying cheap chillies and peppers and drying the seeds to use the following year. Just a few more details on growing the chillies would be nice. If you ever edit this op then let me know and I will return to read again. Fiona