The Chilli Challenge April Update

Here’s this month’s progress report from Derek for the April Chilli Challenge Update.

Hi Derek here.


At the end of last month all the chillies were potted on and moved from  the very moist, cosy environment of the heated propagator at home to the plot.  Although the cold-frame is warm there was no escaping the fact that they would have to ‘man-up’ a bit.  As expected there wasn’t much growth in the first couple of weeks but in the subsequent two weeks they have tripled in size.

Cayenne & Ancho Chillies

The Cayenne, Aji Limon and Ancho have seen the biggest growth whilst the more temperamental varieties like the Vampire, Hungarian Hot Wax and our one surviving Jalapheno, though much slower in growth rate, are still making good progress.

They’re being fed once a week, with a feed by Chilli Focus and have now found settled in their new space. Its interesting to compare in the photographs the seedlings which were re-sown in March to give some idea of comparison.

Vampire Chillies

The Kung Pao chillies are also romping away, these are now 6-weeks old.  As hybrids they are very reliable and will continue to grow into a big bushy plants that are happy in the ground, in a full sunny position. Very satisfying.

The tank/pipes/fittings that can be seen in the corner of the photographs are for two irrigation systems I am playing around with so we don’t have to be so concerned about being away.  I’ll give more information about these in the next update.

I’m pleased that we’ve passed a major hurdle on the way to having mature plants.  Chillies don’t like transplanting and are very delicate, it’s easy to damage the stems or break of a leaf or two.  So it’s great to get through this without losing any plants.

Thanks for reading.


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5 Responses to “The Chilli Challenge April Update”

  1. Joanne April 30, 2014 @ 1:50 pm (#)

    Blimey I’m going to have to do something with mine, they are much smaller. Your plants are looking fantastic!

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — April 30th, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

      I bought some plants from Victoriana last week and they’re also small. Will take picture at the weekend for you to see, so I think it’s fine. Also such a big difference in the varieties.

  2. Mammasaurus May 1, 2014 @ 6:31 am (#)

    They have grown fast! We are hearty chilli eaters here and having successfully managed to grow chilli’s before, albeit on my kitchen windowsill I really should pull my finger out and get some growing this year – always fancied making chilli jam!

    I’ve not heard of Chilli Focus before but I’m even more excited by hearing of South Devon Chilli Farm – I can’t wait to show my husband!

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — May 1st, 2014 @ 6:45 am

      I’m looking forward to the harvest but the growing feels a bit like the dark arts and I’m trying to stay out of it. We made some jam a couple of years ago but the recipe was not quite right so lots of research going on at the moment.

  3. Sue@GLAllotments May 1, 2014 @ 9:25 am (#)

    No chill posts from me I’m afraid!

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