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Chilli - Long Red Cayene

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Chilli – Long Red Cayene

Season – late winter to early summer; Sow 6mm deep in seed trays; Plant out in 4-6 weeks; Plant spacing at 20-35cm; Germination period between 7 and 10 days; Soil temperatures between 18˚C and 35˚C; Harvest time approx. 10-12 weeks.

This is the traditional Cayene pepper chilli with excellent flavour both fresh and dried. Chilli plants, similar to capsicums, are best sown in small seed trays and planted out when 10-12cm tall. Seedlings are best housed in a greenhouse or sheltered position and planted out when weather warms. Chilli plants are frost tender and need warmth to produce the rich, ripe, red colour. Too much nitrogen in the soil can produce lush growth but fewer fruits. When harvesting hot chillies, it is best to wear gloves!

Good companion plants – tomato and eggplant

Seed quantity - 30