Chilli Challenge 2014: part 1

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Introduction to the Chilli Challenge

A while ago Southbourne Gardens started a topic on their own Chilli Challenge with an impressive selection of varieties being trialled this year. I’m going to attempt, on a smaller scale, to join in.

The contestants

I’ve restricted myself to just 1 hot chilli variety as space is limited and apparently they crop so profusely there’s a danger of drowning in the glut. Of course I’ve never had any success with chillies so can only dream of this level of success but perhaps 2014 is my year. I sourced them from the wonderful Real Seeds as they’re open pollinated and, I hope, more able to produce a crop in less than ideal conditions. I’ll also be able to save my own seeds for the 2015 chilli challenge. I have previously posted about Real Seeds here.

Also chosen is ‘Lemon Drop’ as I was intrigued by the description that there is a slight lemon tang to the flavour which is ideal as we love fajitas.

To finish the group I also got 2 types of sweet pepper.

Progress

Interestingly the chilli seedlings are slightly yellow on emerging. I don’t know if is because their fruits will be yellow or whether they just need some more light so they’re now out of the propagator and in a south facing window.

How is everyone else getting on?

Chilli seeds emerging
Chilli seeds emerging

UPDATE: See the full story 

Where we started: Chilli Challenge 2014: Part 1

Seeking some help: Chilli Challenge: Part 2 Reinforcements

Success: Chilli Challenge: Part 3 Flowers!

More posts about seeds:

Springing Up

Beans

Chinese Lanterns

RHS Seeds 2014

Totnes Seed Swap 2014

 

18 thoughts on “Chilli Challenge 2014: part 1

  1. I have some Palivec chilli seeds – also from Real Seeds. They’re described as “goats horn style” (!), so we’ll see. My chillis seem to do OK living on a windowsill (not outside, as I don’t have a greenhouse/tunnel yet.) Tho they never seem happy in pots for too long – I always seem to loose the plant after a year or so. (Of course, that could be because I sometimes forget to water them!!) Still, gives me an excuse to try a different variety every so often. Hope yours grow well for you, I would be interested to see how the ‘Lemon Drop’ turn out…

    1. We’ll have to do a ‘show me yours and I’ll show you mine’ later in the year. I love Real Seeds. If I had the room I’d buy a packet of everything they offer just to try them out.

      I’m still working out the practicalities of building my home-made greenhouse – it’s the source of my confidence that this year could be my best Chilli year yet.

  2. I have some Palivec chilli seeds – also from Real Seeds. They’re described as “goats horn style” (!), so we’ll see. My chillis seem to do OK living on a windowsill (not outside, as I don’t have a greenhouse/tunnel yet.) Tho they never seem happy in pots for too long – I always seem to loose the plant after a year or so. (Of course, that could be because I sometimes forget to water them!!) Still, gives me an excuse to try a different variety every so often. Hope yours grow well for you, I would be interested to see how the ‘Lemon Drop’ turn out…

    1. We’ll have to do a ‘show me yours and I’ll show you mine’ later in the year. I love Real Seeds. If I had the room I’d buy a packet of everything they offer just to try them out.

      I’m still working out the practicalities of building my home-made greenhouse – it’s the source of my confidence that this year could be my best Chilli year yet.

  3. Ha! Definitely. Building your own greenhouse…that sounds great. We have a load of (ex) windows in a pile in our barn that I keep looking at and thinking ‘hmmm, I wonder’. (That said, I am hopeless with a hammer so it would to be my long-suffering other half…)

  4. Ha! Definitely. Building your own greenhouse…that sounds great. We have a load of (ex) windows in a pile in our barn that I keep looking at and thinking ‘hmmm, I wonder’. (That said, I am hopeless with a hammer so it would to be my long-suffering other half…)

  5. Oh, and I totally agree about Real Seeds. Found myself wanting to buy about 8 different types of their kale the other day. Not a sentence I thought I’d ever write…

  6. Oh, and I totally agree about Real Seeds. Found myself wanting to buy about 8 different types of their kale the other day. Not a sentence I thought I’d ever write…

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