Grow your own Chili

by Natasha Starkell | 01.10.2013 | house plant , chili peppers , vegetable | 0 comments | Rating: 1 votes

Grow your own Chili

Grow your own Chili

If you love your food hot and spicy, why not grow your own chili peppers? Not only will you have a crop of delicious hot chilis for your cooking, but you'll also have a great looking plant.

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If you love your food hot and spicy, why not grow your own chili peppers? Not only will you have a crop of delicious hot chilis for your cooking, but you'll also have a great looking plant.

They don't grow too big either so they're ideal for growing indoors. Even with the smallest of space you can pick a dwarf variety. Chilis need plenty of water, so choose a clean plastic pot that won't absorb water from the soil, and make sure it has good drainage. If it doesn't have holes in the bottom, make some. Multi purpose compost from any garden centre is perfect for growing chilis in.

You can encourage germination by putting the seeds between a couple of sheets of damp kitchen roll for a few days until they swell or grow small sprouts. Next pot them up a couple of inches apart, and cover with a thin layer of compost.

As we've said before, chilis love moisture so keep them well watered. Keep them in a sunny position  and fingers crossed in a few weeks you'll start to see some shoots appear. Continue to keep them well watered and you can feed them monthly to get the best results. In about three months you should have a crop of chilis ready to cook with!

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