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Growing chilli - this is how it's done


In contrast to most spices from tropical areas, we can easily grow chilli. Find out how to do it here.

We can grow chilli without any problems

Chilies have started their triumphal march around the world and naturally also ended up in our kitchens. Which is why more and more gardeners would like to harvest a fresh chilli pepper in their own vegetable patch. We would therefore like to introduce you here how you can grow chillies in your garden yourself.

Cultivation

Spread seeds

In principle, chilies like it really warm, which is why you have to plant the seeds in a flowerpot on a sunny window sill (at least 25 degrees) from the end of January. Sowing in nutrient-rich, slightly humidified soil is recommended.

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On top of that, cover the potty with transparent film or glass for the first few days, which creates a pleasant, high level of humidity for chillies.

Put in potty

The germination time is about 2 weeks. As soon as the plants have two leaves, you can put them individually in pots. You can use the plantlets e.g. Repot into yoghurt pots. At this point you should also fertilize the plants. It is best to apply a little bit of complete fertilizer to the plants.

Transfer to the field

After the frosty days in May you can then move the chillies outdoors. A sunny location and a planting distance of approx. 40 centimeters are very important here. However, it is even better to place chilies in the greenhouse. Because the climate in the greenhouse is really very suitable for chilies.

Of course, you can also plant chillies in containers and place them outdoors. The advantage: with cool outside temperatures, you can quickly transport the plants into a protected interior.

Maintenance

Pour chillies

Chilies like relatively little water, otherwise their roots will rot very quickly - you should therefore water the plants moderately only once a day. If there is constant rain, you should cover the plants with an air-permeable film.

Fertilize chillies

Chilies require minimal fertilizer. As a rule, it is entirely sufficient to provide the plants with a little potash or phosphorus fertilizer shortly before flowering.

Harvest

Chillies have an average ripening time of 70 days. This is one reason why the harvest should usually only take place in late August or early September. However, it can also extend into November. However, since the chillies then have to struggle with the cooling outside temperatures, it is advisable to harvest the still unripe chili peppers and let them ripen indoors.

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If you take all the slightly red-colored fruit off the stick early, new flowers can form again. This allows you to harvest the chillies twice.

Use chillies

You can use the chillies fresh straight away. If there is an excess of fruit, you can also freeze or dry it.