Wednesday, 30 May 2012


Under the relentless heat the plants are having mixed fortunes.  Some are thriving in the heat with the forest of seedlings on the window sills are looking very lush and vigourous whilst the Habaneros and Black Nagas are putting on a growth spurt.  

Meanwhile there is plenty of flowers and fruit forming on the plants with the Superchilli bearing so much fruit that I've had to add extra sticks to support the weight of the branches.

Superchilli living up to its name
The Friar's Hat is ripening up quickly in the sunshine
Meanwhile, some of the Padrons in the reception at work had to be moved outside as it was getting too hot for them inside.  Sadly a hot weekend in full sunshine proved too much for them and they were badly sunburnt.  Worst of all was a plant which had been blown over and proceeded to roast next to the scalding tarmac.  I've cut the plants back, removing the damaged leaves (and in the worse case, all bar 6 inches of the plant) and moved them to a more shaded location.  Hopefully they'll make a recovery, indeed a few new flowers have been spotted so all is not lost.
The scalded Padrons
Speaking of scalding Padrons, we harvested Claudio's peppers the other day and cooked them.  Firstly I've never seen such large Padrons before - for a chilli that's supposed to get up to thumb-sized at maximum, these were nearly twice the normal size.  The plants have been kept in a very hot conservatory and apparently need watering every morning.  I'm not sure if this is the reason for their growth spurt although Claudio suggested that it's because he talks to them in their native Spanish each day.

Upon tasting, these chillies were scarily hot, having a really good burn that lasted for some ten minutes afterwards.  According to all the literature, this particular chilli should only produce one hot one in ten but ours are consistently hot enough to have people reaching for the milk! I look forward to the next batch...

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

That night a forest grew...

Well it finally stopped raining and the sun came out and dried up the aforementioned rain and the garden sprung to life.  Those chillies that have been slowly growing on the plants for what seemed like an age have ripened and I've even been brave enough to put some of the hardier chillies outside to enjoy the sunshine.
The chillies in the growhouse are springing to life
Certain plants are racing ahead of the field, Loco is covered in small chillies and the Superchilli is living up to its name with an incredible crop of small pointed chillies.
A dense mass of flowers on the Superchilli
Superchilli fruit
Some of the plants are taking longer than others to get their act together, the slow growing Scotch Bonnets, Chocolate Habaneros and Nagas have yet to show any sign of flowers although they have made a growth spurt in the unfamiliar sunshine.
Hungarian Hot Wax
As for the Jiffy 7 pellet trial, it was a huge success with all bar one of the pellets resulting in a seeding.  I've potted them on into party cups and they seems to be doing well on the windowsill. 

Meanwhile the Pasilla Bajio and Orozco seeds that had been grown in the small peat pots have been potted on and added to the rapidly expanding forest in the growhouses.  With space at a premium it won't be long before, once again, I'm looking for some new homes for some of the plants.

Potting on in the sunshine
Trays of Orozco, Pasilla Bajio and Moroccan chillies.