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Chilli Pepper – Firecracker
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Packs a punch but with an amazing fruit flavour
Firecracker is a compact chilli plant that forms clusters of small, bright, multi-coloured fruits, that always turn red when fully ripe. As the name suggests, this is one of our hottest chillies. They have a good kick but the amazing fruity flavour is never overpowered by the heat. The fruits grow to approximately 9-10cm in length.
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Number of plants: 3
Variety: Firecracker (organic*)
How hot? Hot
Can be grown in: Chillies are best grown in fresh compost in either growbags or pots. Find out more about growing chillies in our growing guide below.
In the kitchen: These are delicious pickled, or raw chopped up finely in a salad. They are also delicious when cooked, and can be stuffed, roasted or added to sauces.
Plant out: late April to early July. These plants will arrive bare-rooted with an approximate height of 10-30cm.
Chillies and Peppers grow much better in a warm greenhouse. Some of the smaller plants will do well on a sunny windowsill.
Can be grown in....
Chillies and peppers are best grown in fresh compost in either growbags or pots.
How far apart?
Three to a grow bag or one to a pot. If you’re planting them in beds, the spacing is slightly dependent on the variety you choose, and we’ll advise you what’s best for your baby chillies and peppers when you receive them. If in doubt, 20cm is a good distance.
When your plants arrive....
Your baby plants will arrive carefully packed in straw. They may look a little tired from their travels. This is quite normal but, as soon as possible, carefully unpack them all.
Each type of plant will have an identification label to help you spot which they are. Lay them out into their respective plant types (e.g. lettuce, cauliflower, peas). Then, stand them upright, being especially careful with the ones that aren’t in bio pots. The roots may be dry, so give them all a good drink of water by submerging the roots for a few minutes in a container of clean water.
Now you are ready to plant your Rocket Garden. Try to do this within 24 hours of the arrival of your plants.
Looking after your plants....
Pinch off the tips of chilli plants when they’ve reached around 20cm in height – this will encourage the plant to produce more fruits! You’ll need to feed both chillies and peppers fairly frequently, especially before it starts to flower.
Keep them watered thoroughly and give them a liquid feed every fortnight.
They need support
Give them a little support – train them up a bamboo cane.
Pinch off any growing tips regularly
When they reach about 20cm in height you can pinch off the growing tips of the plant. This will encourage a bushier plant with more peppers.
Watch out for....
They're ready to harvest when....
The wonderful thing about these is that you can pick them at whatever stage you like – they’ll start out green and gradually change colour. Bear in mind, that the more often you pick them, the more the plant will keep growing more!
If you get a generous crop of chillies, try drying them out to keep you going over the winter.
Ways to cook
Sweet peppers are lovely in salads during the late summer and early autumn. And you really can’t go wrong throwing a few slices onto a pizza. You can makes some great relishes and pickles too. Chillies kind of speak for themselves – add them to anything for a little extra heat!
When we deliver
We usually deliver these plants through into July, although it’s a little dependent on the weather.
You can order from…
These plants are available to be ordered now and we’ll despatch them as soon as they are big enough to both handle the journey to your garden and handle life outside the poly tunnel.
Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.
We will keep you posted
You will receive an email to let you know that your order is ready to be dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us, so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.