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Chilli Pepper Plants

Chilli plants are easy to grow in a sunny spot on the windowsill, in a greenhouse, container or the ground. Grown for their sensational flavour, heat and colour, chilli pepper plants are a firm grow-your-own favourite. Sweet pepper plants provide the same brilliant colours as chillies but with a contrasting flavour. For more grow-your-own inspiration browse our full veg plants selection.

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Suttons have a great range of chilli plants for sale, you just have to choose how hot to go!

Chilli Plant Care 

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 seeds, or herb plants to add more flavour to your foods.

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