LUCY CHAMBERLAIN’S FRUIT & VEG
Three easy steps to better, bigger, harvests, says Lucy
Get bigger harvests for chillies, stop winter weeds
IF you’re a fan of sizzling hot chillies, chances are you might well have grown varieties such as ‘Tabasco’, ‘Habanero’ or even ‘Naga’. These are derived from perennial species (unlike ‘Hungarian Hot Wax’ and ‘Jalapeno’ which are both annuals) and, like other perennial plants, they have the ability to overwinter.
This brings one huge advantage: plants come into cropping more quickly than those raised from seed each spring, and they can therefore give you bigger and more successful harvests.
It’s a fairly straightforward process to overwinter your plants. If you’ve ever seen pelargoniums or tender fuchsias safely through this chilly season then you’ll be successful with peppers, too. Here’s how to do it:
Over-wintering chillies will come into crop quicker than if planted from seed Chilli Bengal Naga Chilli pepper Habanera