Suttons have a great range of chilli plants for sale, you just have to choose how hot to go!
Chilli Plant Care
- Chillies grow well under glass, but can thrive in pots in a warm, sunny spot
- Pinching out encourages growth
- Plants with lots of heavy fruit may require staking with plant supports
- They require regular watering
- Will benefit from a high potash liquid fertiliser once the first fruit has set
- Requires monitoring for aphids and glasshouse red spider
Growing Chilli Plants
The best results will always be achieved when grown under glass as pepper plants need a long, sunny season to mature. However, in a hot summer, there is no reason why they can’t be grown outside in the full sun. Chilli plants tend to be smaller and so will happily fruit even on a sunny windowsill.
Chilli plants should be able to look after themselves without the need for plant supports.
During hot weather, water regularly and once the flowers start to form feed with tomato food.
When To Harvest Chillies
Pick the fruit as they reach a good size. You can pick them when they’re green (which is a milder flavour) or wait until they have turned red on the plant, which results in a much hotter and stronger flavour.
How To Eat Pepper Plants
Chillies add not just colour, but also heat to a dish, so do take care. If you’re new to chillies we recommend gradually adding small amounts of chillies to your food. If you’re a chilli veteran, try the famous Carolina Reaper, the World’s Hottest Chilli, a devilishly hot 2.2 million on the Scoville scale. Try them in soups and stews as well as the obvious chilli-con-carne.
Pepper plant nutritional information
If you can take the heat, chillies have lots of antioxidants, and all peppers and chillies are a good source of vitamins C, A and B-6. The pepper is the only member of the Capsicum genus that doesn’t produce capsaicin; conversely, chillies contain a high percentage of this phytonutrient, which is what gives them their spicy flavour.
You may also be interested in Sutton’s chilli and pepper seeds, or herb plants to add more flavour to your foods.
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