Kick Start the Year by Growing Your Favourite Flavours: Sow these Red Chilli Pepper & Sweet Pepper Seeds Now!
Chilli pepper and sweet pepper plants grow slowly and can take longer than we expect to reach maturity and produce peppers. January is my favourite time to sow chilli and sweet pepper seeds, as it gives the plants a longer growing season with extra time for fruit to develop and ripen, compared to the standard spring-sown plants. You don’t need a greenhouse to grow these tender plants. Chilli peppers and sweet peppers make beautiful conservatory plants; they thrive in light, bright areas and can be grown as houseplants in sunny rooms.
Using my Vitopod Heated Propagator to Raise Chilli Pepper & Sweet Pepper Plants
Last year, my January diary was chock-a-block. I often use my pre-germination method for sowing chillies and sweet pepper seeds, but I couldn’t guarantee that I’d have time to pot up seeds as and when they sprouted. Instead, I sowed my seeds directly into containers filled with Dalefoot Wool Compost for Seeds and placed the pots inside my Vitopod Heated Propagator. This worked brilliantly, I achieved almost 100% germination!
NB: If you’re using a propagator, I’d advise re-using all your old plastic plant labels. Wooden plant labels don’t last long in humid propagators and rapidly break down when placed in contact with garden soil or compost. Plastic plant labels or Haxnicks Bamboo Plant Markers tend to be more suitable for plants like peppers that have a longer growing season.
Chilli Pepper ‘Pepperilli’
Chilli pepper ‘Pepperilli’ is my husband’s favourite chilli pepper to use as a pizza topping. This cultivar was bred by Tozer Seeds. ‘Pepperilli’ plants produce large-sized chilli peppers that offer endless opportunities in the kitchen; why not try ‘Pepperilli’ chillies stuffed with rice, herbs, and spices?
Chilli Pepper ‘Draky’
Chilli pepper ‘Draky’ produces chilli peppers blessed with the sweetness of red peppers mingled with the heat of a chilli pepper.
Chilli Pepper ‘Sivri Biber’
Chilli pepper ‘Sivri Biber’ is an essential component for Turkish cuisine. This chilli pepper is usually harvested while the chillies are immature and green in colour, when they have a milder flavour and can be eaten whole. Alternatively, leave a few chilli peppers on the plant and allow them to ripen to red to produce chillies with a more intense heat.
Sweet Pepper ‘Panache’
Chilli peppers and sweet peppers are tender plants that are killed by frosts and cold temperatures. These plants need to grow in a bright and sunny, warm, protected environment. By the middle of May, chilli peppers and sweet peppers can be hardened off (move the plants outdoors in the morning and bring them undercover at night) for a few weeks, before they make the permanent move outdoors when all risk of frost has passed.
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