Growing chillies in your garden is a great way to get good yields and conserve your garden space. Growing your own chillies is also a good way to protect your garden from the devastating effects of the unexpected. What are the best chillies to grow in your garden?
There are a number of varieties of chillies that grow best in gardens. Some are better suited to certain conditions than others. Some will grow better in a wetland and some in a dryland. You need to be able to select the right chillies for your garden.
The first chillies were cultivated in the Neolithic Era. They were grown on a plant called the burdock. The burdock is a biennial green plant that can grow up to 3 metres tall. The plant can grow in the summer months but is not very productive in the winter months. The burdock is also known to be a very adaptable plant. Most varieties of burdock can grow in a range of soils. The burdock is very hardy and will survive in moderate to extreme temperatures. The main reason why the burdock is so good at growing chillies is that it is actually a cross between the burdock and the Asian lemon balm. This means that the burdock is a very robust fast growing plant that is very good at growing a large quantity of seeds.
The exact method of growing chillies in your garden depends on which variety you choose to grow. For best results, grow your own chilli plants from a seedling. This is the best method to grow your own because there is no need to buy seeds from garden centres or trade shows. The best way to grow a chilli plant is in a potting soil mixture. The mixture is applied during the last frost to the plant and any seeds that have not been fully germinated (within a few days) are discarded. The mixture is then watered and allowed to dry.
When the mixture has dried, the plant is transplanted into a potting mix that has been sterilised. This is the best method to grow your own chillies because it means that you do not have to worry about the germination of your own seedlings. You can also grow your own chilli plants in a greenhouse. This is the most common method for growing your own chillies, but it is not the best method because it means that you need to buy seeds from garden centres or trade shows.
Growing chillies in the garden is one of the best ways to maximise your yield and to conserve your garden space. The best way to grow your chilli plants is to cultivate the plants in a moist environment like a moist compost pile, which is a mixture of compost and peat moss. The mixture is applied during the last frost to the plant and any seeds that have not been fully germinated (within a few days) are discarded. The mixture is then watered and allowed to dry. When the mixture has dried, the plant is transplanted into a potting mix that has been sterilised.
Top Tips For Growing Chillies
- You can plant your chillies at any point before June, but if you want to get as many ripe chillies as possible in the summer then you really want to be planting them as early as possible.
- If you choose to plant your chillies in January then you will be harvesting the fruit in July, however if you do get them planted this early then you really want to start them growing indoors as even in the warmest parts of the UK it’s still going to be too cold for your plants.
- By the middle of May it should be warm enough to move your plants outside, ideally you want to put them in a sheltered space that gets as much sun as possible to provide some protection from heavy winds and hevy rain (which we tend to get here in the UK even in the summer time).
- Chillies will usually take the same amount of time to ripen but hotter varieties like Habenero, 7 Pots and others will take slightly longer to ripen so get them planted early.
- If you’re unfortunate enough to live in the colder parts of the UK then it’s not going to be warm enough for the plants to go outside until late spring so you’ll be helping your plants by getting them in to a greenhouse or covered in a poly tunnel.
- If your plant can survive the winter then you are going to see greater dividends in the second and third year, you’ll need to maintain the plant by topping them when neccesary. Check out our guide to know why, when and how to top your chilli plants here.
- One of your worst enemies will be pests so make sure the plant is free from pests and that your compost is reasonably fresh. Keep indoro plants on a warm windowsill and help it grow with occasional serviings of plant feed.
- As mentioned, an overwintered plant will produce fruit earlier and more prolifically in year two and three but by year four and five you will see yields begin to fall and it is time to retire that plant, it’s done you well but it’s time to add it to the compost heap for your new plants.
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