The start of our chilli trials

Apparently, 2018 is the year of the chilli. When we went to Glee, the trade show of the garden industry, last September, several companies were featuring them.

Here’s part of the Thompson & Morgan display at Glee which has what we thought was a well-designed heat indicator.

A Thompson and Morgan chilli seed display with clear heat indicator

We thought we would take the opportunity to do our own mini trial of a few varieties of chilli to see how they perform.

Sowing the seed

Here’s Andrew in the greenhouse, explaining our trial and sowing the first seeds:

We are trialling:

Mr Fothergill

  • Pepper (hot) Cayennetta

Thompson & Morgan

  • Naga Jolokia (10)
  • Numex Twilight (8)
  • Heatwave Improved Mix F1 (7)
  • Sweet Tasty Mix F1 Hybrid (0)

Blumen International

  • Peperone Naga Morich (fortemente piccante)
  • Peperone Habanero Chocolate (piccantissimo)
  • Peperone Trinidad Scorpion Giallo (molto piccante)
  • Peperone Picante Calabrese (piccante)

The words and numbers in brackets are the seed producers’ heat indicator.

I am a bit of a lightweight when it comes to hot chillies. So, hopefully at the end of the season when it comes to tasting, I’ll be sticking to the Sweet Tasty Mix and the Picante Calabrese. But I’m fully expecting Andrew to try them all no matter how fortemente piccante they are!

Two weeks later …

Two weeks later and our first seedlings are beginning to show.

Small pots in our heated propagator, some showing emerging seedlings

Small pots in our heated propagator, some showing emerging seedlings

All of the Thompson & Morgan Heatwave and three Mr Fothergill Cayennetta are up. Others are showing one or two seedlings, but there’s no movement as yet on T&M’s Sweet Tasty Mix, Numex Twilight or Blumen’s Trinidad Scorpion Giallo.

We are a bit worried about one of our Blumen Habanero Chocolate as it seems to have gone brown at the end (the one on the right in the picture below). Not sure at this stage if that’s how it’s supposed to look or if something’s gone wrong with it.

Two small pots with emerging seedlings, one looking healthy, one brown at the growing tip

Still, it’s early days. More to follow in the coming weeks.

Are you growing chillies this year? Let us know what you’re growing and how you’re getting on!

5 thoughts on “The start of our chilli trials

  1. Nice selection. I didn’t realise it was year of the chilli!
    There are a few chilli-specific seed circles out there, which is where I get a lot of my seeds. I’ve cut down this year and have gone for (deep breath!) – Bartlett’s Bonnet, Bulgarian Carrot, Burkina Yellow, Filius Blue, Nigel’s Outdoor, Nosferatu, Padron, Purple Jalapeno, Trepadeira Werner, and seeds from what £land billed as a habanero, but what I think is a jalapeno. I am way behind though – usually I sow in January and grow them on under lights but this year I left it till April, which might mean a bit of a meagre crop and an attempt to overwinter the plants. I don’t grow superhots much ‘cos I can’t eat them, but they make a lovely hot sauce for friends with higher tolerances!


    • Some of those chilli names are brilliant, aren’t they? The Bulgarian carrot! Nosferatu! We’ll look out for chilli seed circles, depending how we do this year. Like you, I’m not a big heat fan but I am looking forward to seeing how the chocolate chillies turn out.

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  2. I love my chillies. Every year I grow a lot of them. Also every year I go to chilli fiesta at west dean gardens near Chichester as a celebration of all things chilli related.
    Good luck with your chillies.

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