Advantages Easy to grow, inexpensive to buy, fun.
Disadvantages Patience required.
Mmmmm chillis' I am definitely on the love 'em side of the fence. We get through a good number of chilli's in our house which we whack in a selction of home made Indian, Thai and Mexican cusine week after week. Nothing beats a meal with a good bit of fire if you are in the mood!A good while back now I was staying with a friend down in London and she had two very cool, fully grown chilli plants on her kitchen window sill. That was it. I REALLY WANTED ONE. I spent a year looking for one here and there in garden centres and asking around but to no avail and I couldn't believe it! So eventually we decided that we may as well simply cut our losses and just grow our own!
And so we have!Chilli plant seeds are available in all garden centres for next a nothing. I am talking under a pound for a little pack of them. Then you will need your pots and compost, all of which can be purchased inexpensively, a little tender loving care and a handful of patience and you're set to go!
Seeds need to be sown in small pots with 2 to 3 seeds in each and thinly covered in compost. Germination take between 2-3 weeks if the plants are kept inside. As soon as the seedlings are large enough to handle, place them out into slightly larger individual pots discarding any weak plants. The plants will still rquire high temperatures and therefore should be kept indoors or in a greenhouse. Apparently after about 12 weeks they should be large enough keep outdoors, but we live in Newcastle and frankly I am not going to risk this
Depending on the variety and the growing conditions, they will eventually grow to about 24 inches in total and they should start to yield chillis after 5-8 months depending on conditions.
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