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Chilli Pepper – Firecracker

£5.99

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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. It’s very easy to grow chillies using our plug plants – just plant them in a greenhouse or in a sunny, sheltered part of your plot and follow the advice in the growing guide that arrives with your plants.

Number of plants: 3 plug plants

Variety: Firecracker (organic*)

How hot? Hot

THESE PLANTS WILL BE SHIPPED IN SPRING 2024

Delivery Info: Please see FAQs for up-to-date delivery info.

Growing/Planting Advice: Best planted in a greenhouse or polytunnel. Keep well watered. Plant plugs approx 30cm apart.

When to harvest: You can expect chillies and peppers to start forming in July if planted early, they should keep cropping through to late Autumn if grown in a greenhouse.

*Transplants suitable for organic growing.

The right site

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.

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.


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Watering them

Keep them watered thoroughly and give them a liquid feed every fortnight.

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They need support

Give them a little support – train them up a bamboo cane.

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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.

Storage Tips

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!

Delivery from mid-May