Curry Chilli Plant
Widely used in Asian cooking these tasty chillies can be eaten green or red, fresh or dried making them a versatile variety. Happy grown in either a bright spot inside, or a sunny patio, they make a great present for someone that loves their food nice and spicy or why not treat yourself?
This week's curry chilli plants have loads of shiny green and red fruits and a few flowers with the promise of more fruit to come. They will continue to produce plenty of medium-hot chillies well into the autumn. Please note: the bottom leaves have been removed to allow the plants to put more energy into growing fruit and bushing out. As a result they do look a little bare at their base at the moment but they are still lovely healthy plants.
100cm+ including 3L pot
These instructions are sent with the plant gift
These ‘Curry’ chilli plants (capsicum annum) love sunlight. In summer they will be happiest on a sunny windowsill, in a greenhouse or conservatory, or outside on a sheltered patio. As soon as the autumn frosts arrive, they need to be under cover. If you have not got a greenhouse a sunny windowsill will be fine. Whilst chilli plants are in small pots, they will need regular watering. Remove the plant from its outer container and water from the top and let the excess drain away. Allow the top of the soil to dry out completely before watering again, particularly during the cold months. Chilli plants are usually treated as annuals, so will in the native climate they will die back after fruiting. However, we have found from experience that it is possible to coax them into a second year by overwintering indoors. You will need to cut off all the chillies and prune the plant heavily at the end of the season, and then wait patiently for new growth to reappear in the Spring. These peppers are great for adding a fresh, hot heat to your cooking. Store in a sealed container in the fridge if you can’t use them straight away, or they can be dried for later use. Problem Solving. Any problems are usually associated with overwatering. If your plant becomes waterlogged, its roots need to be allowed to dry out and then a normal watering pattern re-established. If the leaves start to droop and the flowers start to curl you know it is thirsty, so water straight away. Yellow or brown edges to leaves is normally the result of low light levels in the winter but very yellow leaves are a sign that your plant is lacking nutrients so give it a good feed with any general houseplant or tomato feed and remove any discoloured leaves. Your plant will also benefit from being re potted in mid-Summer – choose a good general-purpose potting compost and a pot that is only slightly larger. Our plants are grown at our Sussex nursery in a pesticide free environment. In the unlikely event that you find any pests (such as aphids or caterpillars) on your plant use a soft soap to wash off the offending creatures and pick off any damaged leaves to keep the plant tidy. For further information about these chillies or other plants visit www.plants4presents.co.uk or call 01825 721162