(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
Small bushy plants. Dark green ovate leaves.
Chilli need warm frost free weather, so protect with glass or plastic covers if planting outside in cooler areas.
Most varieties need a long growing period to produce many fruit.
There are many types of chilli. Some are more fiery than others. As a general rule, the smaller the pod the hotter the taste.
Chillis freeze very well. Wash, dry, and free whole. Use them direct from the freezer (no need to defrost).
Wear plastic gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after handling and cutting to avoid accidentally rubbing chilli juice onto your mouth or eyes!
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