Sown indoors: 4th March 2013
First Seedling: 27th March 2013
Germination: 23 days
Over the last few years, I have found that Chillis are very slow growers but at 2 months old and now living in the greenhouse, my seedlings have finally started to put on height: this one is about 5 inches tall.
At around 2.5 months old, the young plants are growing nicely and are about due to be potted on into larger pots. You can see the roots starting to show in the drainage holes in the bottom of the current pot and so I will repot these in the next day or so.
3 months old and the first flower buds are developing
10 days later and the flower is open. I have gently tapped the plant to release the pollen and hopefully a chilli will start to grow in a few days time.
It is now 3.5 months since the first seedling emerged and the first chillis are growing.
The peppers are quite long now between 1 -2 inches and are nicely plump at their base: 15 days after the flowers opened.
It has taken around 5 weeks for the chilli to get from just pollinated to these plump 2.5 – 3.5 long chillis. They should start to turn red soon but the chillis can be used or even frozen (whole) whilst they are still green.
Two days on and the tip of this chilli is now a brilliant, fire engine red.
It is now the 15th October and the plants have given us a steady supply of chillis over the last few weeks and there are still more ripening, although I may well take the rest off the plants and freeze them for use as green chillis.