Chilli Pepper ‘Pepperilli’

Family: Solanaceae

Chilli Pepper ‘Pepperilli’ (Capsicum Pepperilli™ TZ 5488 F1) is an attractive and productive chilli pepper with large-sized chillies that ripen from green to red.  ‘Pepperilli’ makes a superb container plant for planters filled with peat-free growing media, but in summertime ‘Pepperilli’ plants can also be planted out in garden beds and borders as well as in allotments and raised beds.  Chilli peppers are ideally suited to growing in warm and sunny locations.  These plants will rapidly decline in wet or waterlogged soils; if you garden on soil that is often waterlogged, you’ll be more likely to succeed if you grow chilli peppers in a raised bed or in containers filled with peat-free compost.

‘Pepperilli’ is a productive chilli pepper with a naturally upright habit.  I’ve found ‘Pepperilli’ requires far less staking and support than most other chilli peppers in my Chilli Pepper Trials, making ‘Pepperilli’ a versatile plant that’s an ideal choice for both courtyards and patio gardens, as well as small, medium, and large-sized gardens.  ‘Pepperilli’ chillies have a sweet distinctly ‘red pepper’ flavour with added heat.  The peppers become fierier as they mature and ripen; the seeds are the hottest part of the chilli pepper.

‘Pepperilli’ chilli pepper seeds can be sown from January to the end of March in a warm, protected environment (inside a glasshouse, polytunnel, a conservatory, heated propagator, or on a very bright and sunny window sill), where temperatures remain warm and stable at 20-25C (68-77F), at all times. Sow chilli pepper seeds in small pots.  Choose containers with holes at the base that allow water to run through and escape out of the base of the pot, and use peat-free compost.  I incorporate grit and sand into my peat-free compost mix, to create a free draining peat-compost.  Pot your chilli pepper plants on at regular intervals – every four or five weeks or so.  Choose a pot that’s one or two sizes larger than your chilli pepper plant’s current container until your plant attains its maximum size.

It is important to make sure your chilli pepper plants can enjoy bright lighting, whilst protecting your plants’ leaves from direct or intense sunlight.  Harsh sunlight is likely to scorch or damage your plant’s leaves.  Afternoon sunlight is usually more intense than softer morning sunlight; so take care to position your plants in a location where they have some protection from the intensity of the afternoon sunshine.  When raising chilli peppers on a window sill, choose the brightest window sill you have, as chilli peppers need bright light to flourish.  These plants do better when they’re grown with sunlight shining down from above them.  Chilli pepper plants grown in heated glasshouses and conservatories usually enjoy the ideal growing conditions; however, to avoid the extra costs of heating your glasshouse, you may wish to germinate and start your chilli peppers off inside your home.  This year, I raised all my chilli pepper plants inside my home.  I moved the plants out into my unheated glasshouse in springtime and covered the plants each evening to provide extra protection from low temperatures at night, before moving the chilli pepper plants outside in summertime.

‘Pepperilli’ chilli peppers are tender plants that are killed by frost and low temperatures.  When all risk of frost has passed (usually between the end of May and the middle of June, in the UK), chilli pepper plants can be moved outside into the garden, if you wish.  Chilli peppers should only be moved outside when all risk of frost has passed.  Before you consider moving your chilli pepper plants outside, the plants should be properly hardened off.  I would advise hardening plants off for a minimum of two weeks, and ideally longer.  To harden plants off, simply move the plants outdoors in the morning and then bring the plants inside your glasshouse, polytunnel, conservatory, or safely inside your home, again in the evening.

Only use tap water to water your chilli pepper seeds and seedlings.  Avoid using water from water butts, as these often contain pathogens that cause damping off disease – a disease that kills newly germinated seeds and young seedlings.  To protect your plants, use tap water for seeds and seedlings and save rainwater and water collected in water butts for older plants.  I prefer to water my chilli pepper plants early in the morning, so the plants are drier in the evening.  Chilli pepper plants don’t like to sit in water overnight; these plants thrive when they’re grown in a free-draining peat-free compost, in a bright and sunny, warm and sheltered area.

Chilli peppers make superb container plants.  They’re an ideal choice of vegetable to grow in planters, on a sunny patio garden, but chilli peppers also make attractive houseplants, and absolutely fantastic conservatory, and glasshouse plants!

Chilli Pepper ‘Pepperilli’ (Capsicum Pepperilli™ TZ 5488 F1) was bred by Tozer Seeds.

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