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.
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:
- Pepper (hot) Cayennetta
Thompson & Morgan
- Naga Jolokia (10)
- Numex Twilight (8)
- Heatwave Improved Mix F1 (7)
- Sweet Tasty Mix F1 Hybrid (0)
- 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.
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.
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!