Hot Chilli Pepper - Apache Red - Young Plant - 9cm Pot
Very attractive dwarf variety.
These plants are Ideal for growing on the windowsill, in the greenhouse or on a sheltered patio.
They will produce 7cm long pointed red fruits.
When mature - Height 35cm, spread 30cm.
Scoville rating of 80,000 shu.
- Planting time: Apr - Jul
- Harvest: when fruits are red or green swollen and glossy
- Rough maturity from planting: 90 Days
- Hardiness: Not Hardy- Protect from cold nights & frost
- Young Plants growing in 9cm pots.
Grow plants 45cm apart in a sunny but sheltered position in well drained soil.
They prefer to be in a greenhouse but can be grown in a pot in a conservatory or in a sunny spot on the patio but you will not get much of a crop outside.
Chillies like water!
Keep them well watered until established and in dry weather (but not soggy). If we have an intensely hot summer you will need to give them some shade to protect their delicate leaves.
Once they reach roughly 30cm they will need staking for support as the chillies start to grow.
While plants are still growing indoors, move into 13cm (5in) pots filled with general purpose compost when roots begin to show through the drainage holes in the base.
When plants are about 20cm (8in) tall, or before if they start to lean, stake with a pea stick.
Pinch out the tops of peppers when they are about 30cm (12in) tall to encourage lots of branches.
Plants are ready to go outside in late May or when all danger of frost has passed. Either plant directly into the ground, spacing them 45cm (18in) apart or transfer them to 22cm (9in) pots to give them plenty of space to grow – remove the small pea stick and cover with fleece or cloches. Alternatively, you can plant three chilli peppers in a standard growing bag. Three short sticks with strings will eventually be required to support taller cultivars.
For a bumper crop make sure you water regularly, especially in hot weather and feed every two weeks with a general purpose liquid fertiliser. Feeding should start when the flowers first appear, usually while plants are still indoors, and should continue until the fruit have been harvested.
Feed them once you see at least 2 or 3 chillies growing NOT before.
Wash your hands immediately after touching chillies. All peppers/chillies suffer from cold feet so they are better grown in a grow bag or pot/container because they warm up quicker than soil. If you have only one chilli growing and you see no others forming, pick it, this will encourage more to grow.
Sold here as Young plants growing in 9cm pots.