Growing Chilli and Pepper Seeds
Chillies are a valuable ingredient for many types of meal. Peppers are the king of the raw vegetables! Suttons offer an amazing variety of chilli and pepper seeds.
Suttons have plenty of hot varieties to try. The super hot chilli ‘Fiery furnace’, or for a chilli that is fruity and aromatic for salads try the pepper chilli seeds ‘Pearls’. What about delicious jalapeno for adding a kick to pizzas?
When it comes to sweeter peppers try ‘Corno di toro rosso’ which is sweet & perfect for salads Container gardeners can give ‘Mohawk’ a go.
When to sow chillis & peppers
Sow seeds in seed trays, pots, propagators or glasshouse in decent organic compost between February and April.
How to sow chilli and pepper seeds
- Plant chilli seeds and pepper seeds on top of a good-quality compost and cover with a layer of verimiculite or compost.
- Water to keep the soil damp. This is vital during germination.
- Keep at a temperature of 18-25 degrees celsius, and cover with polythene if you don’t have a propagator.
How to grow chilli & peppers from seed
- Once plants a have germinated and seedlings are looking established, they can be grown on a window-sill or conservatory.
- Remember to turn the plants when they are young to make sure the growth is even.
- Alternatively, plant out in the garden or in patio containers once all danger of frosts has passed.
- Chillies enjoy a good liquid feed such as seaweed extract. Apply little and often, sprayed on diluted in water. Switch to potash feed when plants become larger.
- Occasionally mist down your plants with water using a sprayer. This will help prevent the troublesome spider mite. Beware of whitefly. If you spot this, use an organic deterrent spray.
- Pinch off the tip of the first flowering shoots to increase branching and get a better harvest.
- Once your plants are fruiting, harvest Chillies and Peppers regularly to encourage further cropping.