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Growing Chilli peppers, also Hot peppers

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
                S S T T

(Best months for growing Chilli peppers in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

September: After risk of frosts

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 64°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 16 - 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 9-11 weeks. Wear gloves to pick 'hot' chilies.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best grown in a separate bed as chillis need plenty of light and air circulation.

Your comments and tips

14 Jul 19, Angelo (Australia - temperate climate)
Bulleen Art & Garden Nursery sell them!
25 Nov 18, milke (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Ask around at grocers.
18 Nov 18, emilia kreti (Australia - temperate climate)
i like to grow my very hot peppers in a pot where do i find seeds & what its name
18 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Contact Boondie seeds and ask them on the internet.
19 Oct 18, wayne rub (Australia - tropical climate)
is there any chilli plants that take full sun all day better than others
23 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
I don't know - but stick to the planting times and in the hot tropics use mulch around them and water often probably.
07 Oct 18, Steve Unter (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Were can I buy chillies in Gauteng ?
10 Aug 18, Darren (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can they grow in a green house
12 Aug 18, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Probably depends what you line it with. Plastic might make it too hot, shade cloth might cut out too much sunlight, maybe insect netting is the go. They grow chili in Bundaberg (sub tropical) out doors.
28 Jul 18, Prakash (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
About chilli peppers If you see the leaves have got burnt with frost better to harvest all chilli and grind in food processor or leave it whole and store in the freezer and use it when needed. Trim the trees heavily ie only leaving about 30 centimeters above ground. It will or may grow back in summer. You can add some mulch around the plants too. Seeds can only be obtained from ripe chilli. It’s much better to buy plants and grow them then trying to plant from seeds. Plant after Labour weekend only if the soil is not too cold.
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I would still try and grow some just in case.

- mike

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