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
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.
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.
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 🙂
Now just over 3.5 months old, these plants are getting taller and are starting to bush out.
Now around 4.5 months old, all these plants are developing flower heads and have bushed out nicely.
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.
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.
So 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.
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.