How to sow?
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