The Land Rover Owners Wife

Chilli, Patio variety


This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

 Variety: I am trying to grow 3 varieties of chilli this year and this particular one is called ‘Patio Chilli’ on the seed packet and so I can not provide a true variant name. I have had amazing success with this particular variety over the years, as each small bush produces copious numbers of small, hot chillis.
Sown indoors: 7th February 2013
First Seedling: 9th March 2013
Germination: 30 days

Newly emerging chilli seedling

Newly emerging chilli seedling

Seedlings at various stages of emergence, including yet another of the February seeds starting to show itself in the top left hand corner of the this photograph and the one shown above, now fully unfurled in the bottom right.

Chilli seedlings at various stages of emergence

Side view of chilli seedlings at various stages of emergence

Side view of chilli seedlings at various stages of emergence

Chillis are probably one of the slowest growing seedlings that I have come across and, in my experience, seem to take forever to put on any new growth at all. I have learned to be patient because they get going eventually and are worth the wait come harvest time.

This seedling is nearly 5 weeks old

This seedling is nearly 5 weeks old

At 2.5 months old, the seedlings are still only about 2 inches tall but they are finally starting to put on growth – they are. I promise 🙂

Chilli Patio

Now just over 3.5 months old, these plants are getting taller and are starting to bush out.

Chilli Patio   Chilli Patio

Now around 4.5 months old, all these plants are developing flower heads and have bushed out nicely.

Chilli Patio   Chilli Patio

7days later (27th July) and the first flower is open. This morning I tapped the stick gently to release the pollen which you can see on the leaf below the fully open flower.

chilli patio   chilli patio

Now the first of the chillis are growing. The chillies on these plants tend to be between 1 to 1.5 inches long and are quite slender in comparison to the Cayennes.

Patio ChilliA week on and this chilli is now 1 inch long and fully grown. It’s now a case of waiting for it to turn red – small in size these chillis can pack some heat.

Patio ChilliSo here we are at October 3rd and the first of these chillis is finally starting to turn red. It remains to be seen if there will be enough sunshine and warmish weather for the majority to ripen this year.

Patio Chilli   Patio Chilli

It’s taken a few days but now 12 days later and the first of the chillis are ready for picking. I love the look of the chilli plants at this stage – very colourful.

Patio Chilli  Patio Chilli

4 thoughts on “Chilli, Patio variety

  1. Lovely picture! Chilis take so long to germinate, I always think they must have rotted, and then they apear!

  2. Hi there. I once had a chilli that took 53 days to germinate. I’d given up on the seed tray and had begun to neglect it. It was quite a shock to see the seedling standing there – like nothing was wrong!
    Cheers Sarah : o )

    • 53 days!!! Goodness me – mind you I can’t really blame them, not when you consider the prospect of leaving a nice cosy, warm bed of compost to face the bleak, cold very unspring like weather we’re having at the moment, even if they are in the warm as toast kitchen 🙂

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