We have covered just about every technique to successfully grow chillis, and now have cut down growing too many varieties, only growing for our products and home consumption, with a few spare plants to be sold off at markets. We sow in mid February each year in a heated Greenhouse Sensation Vitopod Propagator into Jiffy Plugs or Root Riot cubes and then raise nearly all the plants in Greenhouse Sensation Quad Grows or Duo Grows, with a few plants put into pots. The Quad Grow & Duo Grows just make life so much easier with watering in the height of the growing season plus the plants gets an even nutrient feed the whole season.
The last 15 years diaries will show you all the techniques we have used and further years will be posted on our facebook page with the growing list posted here for future reference.
Main Equipment Used
Growth Technology Chilli Focus Chillis and peppers have specific nutritional requirements. While it is true that they can perform reasonably well with general purpose “feeds”, the best results will be achieved by using a formulation designed specifically for them. Chilli Focus is precisely formulated for the needs of chillies and peppers – it does not contain urea. It supports the production of healthier, more vigorous plants and colourful, juicier fruits.
Jiffy Jiffy Pellets The Jiffy-7® pellet: fine netting is filled with high-quality substrate and then compressed to form a handy pellet. Just add water, and the little planting wonder grows to up to seven times its size in a few moments. It is held together by fine netting, ensuring optimum air/water exchange.
Greenhouse Sensation Vitopod Precise control propagator- the accurate electric digital thermostat can be set to any 1°C between 5°C and 30°C and the display shows the actual and the set temperatures. The lower temperatures are ideal for over-wintering cuttings and prized plants, the higher temperatures are great for getting hot chillis and exotic plant seeds off to a flying start. Large vents in lids and sides – for superior humidity control, so your plants don’t suffer from damping-off. Even Heat - delivers an even heat throughout the base, so there are no hot spots or cold spots and your seeds and cuttings will germinate evenly. Height adjustable – add the extra layers to give plants more space. Perfect for when the weather is taking its time to warm up enough for you to plant-out and for protecting taller mature plants from the cold. Robust - the Vitopod is built to last. The lids and sides are made from a robust acrylic and are treated to protect them against the UV deterioration which makes other propagators turn yellow and brittle.
Greenhouse Sensation Octogrow takes 8 young plants in 11 litre pots and keep them perfectly fed and watered at all times thanks to the large Smart Reservoir and FeederMat controlled watering, so that you raise healthier plants with bigger harvests.
Greenhouse Sensation Duogrow Self Watering Planter - Grow 2x bigger harvests with our Duogrow planter. The impressive growth is thanks to the clever way the stylish Duogrow keeps plants perfectly fed and watered for 14 days at a time. The Duogrow’s 30cm pots are ideal for any plants usually grown in a pot or growbag –chillis, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, aubergines, peppers and any tall cropping plants.
Assam Bhut Jolokia: (Capsicum chinense) The Bhut Jolokia also known as big Jolokia, u-morok, ghost pepper, ghost chilli pepper, red Naga chilli, Naga Jolokia, and ghost chilli, is a hybrid chilli pepper cultivated in Bangladesh and Indian states of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. It is an interspecies hybrid of C. chinense and C. frutescens genes. The peppers measure 6-8 cm long and 2-3 cm wide with a red, yellow, orange, or chocolate colour. The unselected strain of Bhut Jolokia from India is an extremely variable plant, with a wide range in fruit sizes and fruit production per plant, however, the red fruit variety has two different fruit types, the rough, dented fruit and the smooth fruit.
Cayenne Purple: (Capsicum annum) The Cayenne Purple is a dark vibrant purple variant of the standard red Cayenne. The inch long thin peppers go from a dark purple and eventually to red when fully ripe. They are of a mild to medium heat. The plants are quite compact but can become tall and have wonderful white and purple flowers. This Pepper makes a great ornamental edible pepper.
Fatalii Gourmet Jigsaw: (Capsicum chinense) Jukka Kilpinen a Finnish chilli grower always knew the Moruga Scorpion was one of the hottest chilli varieties he had ever tasted. But, he knew he could get more heat by selective breeding between some of the hottest chillies in the world with the Moruga. After spending several years selective breeding, which meant selecting the hottest and the best tasting variety for several generations, the Fatalii Gourmet Jigsaw variety was born.
Fatalii Yellow:(Capsicum chinense) The Fatalii comes from central and southern Africa, with the heat level of a habanero, it has a more fruity, citrus flavour, and packs an instant, intense burn, unlike the habanero, whose heat “sneaks up on you.” The peppers grow to about 3 inches long, and mature to yellow. They have somewhat thin walls, and may be dried if cut lengthwise.
Habanero Fruit Burst: (Capsicum chinense) Lower growing to 60 cm. Pods hang below foliage like apples. Even the green pods have a very strong fruity aroma. Very hot when fully mature at deep red.
Habanero Hot Lemon: (Capsicum chinense) The Habanero Lemon peppers colour from green to lemon yellow when mature. The peppers are just as hot as the Habanero Red or Habanero Orange. The peppers are about 5 cm long and 2.5 cm wide and have a fruity taste. Originally the Habanero Lemon comes from the Caribbean.
Infinity: (Capsicum chinense) Briefly a world record holder for heat scale, growing to 130 cm tall and wide. Big and bushy, full of golf ball size pods that turn from green to a deep red. They seem full of placenta when cut open and fill the room with an beautiful floral fruity aroma.
Lemon Drop: (Capsicum baccutum) The attractive, bright yellow fruit are about 70mm long, often with a nipple at the tip. They are very hot, with a sparkling, citrus-like flavour. The tall, straggly plants are modest producers and need support to stay upright. A speciality chilli that will be much appreciated by gourmands who like some flavour with their heat. Approximate heat level: 56,000 SHU.
Moruga Scorpion Yellow: (Capsicum chinense) The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Yellow was developed from the Trinidad Scorpion. The peppers have a wrinkled appearance. This killer chilli pepper was declared world's most hottest chilli in February 2012. The average number of Scoville Units in the Trinidad Scorpion Moruga was 1,2 million with some chilli pods even measuring 2,009,231 million SHU.
Orange Wonder: (Capsicum annuum) Strikingly attractive plants with glowing orange peppers held upright over bright leaves. The mass of fruit creates an eye-catching display in patio pots along with generous harvests of hot, tasty peppers.