The Land Rover Owners Wife

Chilli, Cayenne


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: Cayenne
Sown indoors: 4th March 2013
First Seedling: 27th March 2013
Germination: 23 days

This shows a newly emerging seedling next to a 14 day old one.

This shows a newly emerging seedling next to a 14 day old one.

Approximately 1 month later

Approximately 1 month later

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.

Chilli Cayenne

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.

Chilli Cayenne  Chilli Cayenne

3 months old and the first flower buds are developing

Chilli Cayenne

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.

Chilli Cayenne   Chilli Cayenne

It is now 3.5 months since the first seedling emerged and the first chillis are growing.

10 days after the flower opened

10 days after the flower opened

The peppers are quite long now between 1 -2 inches and are nicely plump at their base: 15 days after the flowers opened.

Chilli cayenneAt least 2 inches long and very plump, I expect these chillis will start to change colour very soon: 23 days after the flowers opened.

Chilli cayenneIt 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.

Chilli cayenneIt is now 7 weeks after the first of the flowers opened and the first of the Cayennes is now starting to change colour. At this stage the chillis can look brown and appear to be starting to rot.

Chilli cayenne   Chilli cayenne

Two days on and the tip of this chilli is now a brilliant, fire engine red.

Chilli cayenneIt 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.

Chilli cayenne

3 thoughts on “Chilli, Cayenne

  1. This is a great idea. I always sow seeds and wait, hoping for the best. I don’t really pay attention to the germination time unless I feel I’ve been waiting too many weeks!

    • Thank you. I hate waiting for seedlings to appear and often the actual germination time doesn’t quite match that stated on seed packets etc due, I guess, to the variables of an individuals’ growing regime/location and so on.

      • Yes, I think you are quite right abut different results in different climates, etc. with your record it will give me and others something to measure against and will be great for you next time you grow the same type of seeds. You will be the germination expert!

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