Friday, 8 July 2011


I put some chilli pepper seeds in four small pots about two months ago. They were cheap seeds, and unsurprisingly they didn't germinate. However, I transfered them over to the greenhouse when I got it and still nothing emerged.

To my utter amazement, they germinated a couple of days ago!

 I can't believe it. I had wrote them off, but for some reason I hadn't thrown the soil back on the compost heap. We are already growing 'Cayenne' and 'Fillius Blue' so we won't be short of chillies, but we are now going to be growing these too. The thing is, I can't even remember what variety they are so I will have to post pictures if they eventually grow and bear fruits. They were an ornamental type with a mix of orange, yellow and red chillies.

I think that by the time they are ready to develop fruits it will be too cold to have them outside, so they may go on the window ledge, but the mini greenhouse might still be warm enough. We shall have to see. Well, I'll have to buy a digital themometer..

Have a great day,



  1. Peppers need a certain amount of heat to germinate. It is a problem I have always had getting my peppers started early.

  2. I have the same problem with chilli seeds.
    Some of them finally decided to germinate and are now the same size as the one on your picture. That means they will never have the time to grow fruits. Sadly.
    Gladly, tomatos are ok!

  3. They definitely take their time do Chillies and Peppers. Never give up on them. You may be able to bring them into the house to continue growing if they need an extended season, I successfully did this last year.

    Sue xx

  4. It's always nice when you get a surprise like that. You can keep it indoors over the winter on a warm windowsill perhaps in the kitchen and it may well get decorative fruits too small to eat though.

  5. Oh, I think I'm growing the same type of chillies! They look so pretty on the packet so I really wanted them to fruit. The first lot got munched indoors by pests, I took to bagging the next lot at night to protect them and finally I have one little plant (about the same size as yours) which is now outside. Let's see how we get on!

  6. Chilies and peppers can take some time to germinate. I always start mine off in a heated propagator to give them some heat to get them going. If you overwinter the plant, you should have a head start with it next year.


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