How to sow?

Garden Answers (UK) - - Gourmet Grower -

1. Fill a small pot or cell tray with seed com­post, lightly cover the seed, wa­ter and place in a prop­a­ga­tor or air­ing cup­board. You’re af­ter a tem­per­a­ture of around 20-25C (68-77F). 2. Check them daily so you can move them straight into the light once seedlings start to ap­pear. 3. Pot them on or prick them out into 7.5cm (3in) pots once they have their first true leaves. Keep them some­where warm and light, grad­u­ally pot­ting on each time their roots fill the pot. Small cul­ti­vars are happy in a 25cm (10in) pot, larger ones need 30cm (12in) or more and a stake for sup­port. Al­ter­na­tively, plant three to a grow­ing bag or set out in a green­house bor­der. 4. Feed weekly with a high-potash fer­tiliser once they be­gin to flower. Chill­ies des­tined for the pa­tio should be grad­u­ally hard­ened off in late May, fi­nally mov­ing them out­side in early June.

SUNNY HER­ITAGE Hail­ing from Mex­ico, chill­ies need plenty of warmth and sun­shine to grow well

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