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Soil facts and preparation

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  • Soil Type Fertile and Well Drained
  • Ideal Ph range 0 to 14.0
  • Site Full Sun
Fertile soil rich in organic matter is a must for growing decent peppers of all varieties. Add a general purpose fertilizer before sowing and planting.

Sowing and planting

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  • Germination 7 to 12 days
  • Sow 5mm deep
  • Sow Spacing 100mm
  • Rows 30mm apart
A sunny site is required. Sow 2 or 3 seeds per pot and remove the weekest seedlings after the first true leaves have grown leaving the strongest seedling.

Growing a bumper crop

Plant out well after the last frost date in your region. Water regularly, keeping soil moist but not soaked and feed with a potassium rich dilution once the fruits have set. A tomato feed is fine and often used.

Harvesting the fruits of your labour

Quick facts..

  • Yield 900g per plant
Cut the fruits from the plant with a sharp knife as required. Eat fresh or cut bell pepper varieties into squares and freeze. Chilli's can be dried or stored in oil

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Pepper and Chilli varieties


Although named after the Californian town of Anaheim this variety originated from Mexico. Given a large container with good quality fresh compost the plant can grow up to 1m tall. The peppers grow to about 20cm in length and often curl as they grow. The flesh of the fruit is medium to thick and while usually picked when green, they will turn red when fully ripe. Anaheim is a relatively mild variety that gets hotter as it ripens, it measures between 500 and 1000 on the Scoville scale. Though not particularly spicy Anaheim is a popular chili pepper for use in many recipes, it has a deep sweet flavour, often enhanced by roasting or char grilling.

Bhut Jolokia (Ghost)

More commonly known as the Ghost pepper A very hot variety of chilli that once held the hottest chilli variety crown according to the Guiness book of world records. Measures approx 1 million on the scoville scale

Hungarian Hot Wax

Not as hot as its name suggests, the Hungarian hot wax variety of chilli pepper is actually more mild to medium, between 2000 and 5000 on the Scoville scale. The shiny, or waxy, fruits grow to about 15cm in length and 3cm wide, so long with a good girth, rather than long and skinny! It is amoung the earliest producing chillies, it can be eaten young when the fruits are pale yellow-green and have a very mild heat. Left on the plant the fruits will turn from green to yellow to orange and eventually to red increasing in heat as they mature. This variety is better suited than most to slightly colder climates such as that of the UK. The fresh flavoured fruits are great for stuffing or eating raw in salads but can lose some of their kick when cooked. The plant has a compact and bushy habit, growing 60cm to 90cm tall.

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T

Guiness book of world records hottest chilli. Measuring 1,463,700 on the Scoville scale this chilli certainly has a sting in its tale! This pepper is actually so hot it is dangerous to handle, protective clothing is a must. This variety was propagated from the Trinidad Scorpion variety by Butch Taylor after which it is named