DELIVERY INFO: Due to the high volume of orders this year we currently expect to deliver new orders for plants & veg patches in mid/late May. Please see FAQs for further info.
Some are hot, most are not!
Padron Peppers are becoming so popular with foodies, and for good reason. They are simply delicious freshly harvested, stir fried in a generous glug of olive oil with a pinch of Cornish Sea Salt. Every so often you’ll come across one that is hot, but most are lovely and mild and so tasty. They are a must grow!
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Number of plants: 3
Variety: Padron (organic*)
Can be grown in: Peppers are best grown in fresh compost in either growbags or pots. Find out more about growing peppers in our growing guide below.
In the kitchen: Best fried in olive oil until the skin blisters, then sprinkle with sea salt.
Can be delivered from: May to July. Available to order now. 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 deliver these plants from May until July, depending upon the season. It is a little tricky for us to give a specific date as we do not use any artificial heat to raise our plants, so we are a little dependant on the weather.
You can order from…
These plants are available to be ordered and dispatched right up until late July, as the plants arrive as healthy young plants and will have already been growing for at least 2-3 months before you receive them, giving you a great head start on your vegetable growing!
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 approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.