It seems odd to be picking ripe chillis in late November, but that's exactly what I'm doing. Here are photos of some of these late-developers:
The first 3 photos are of "Devil's Tongue, Chocolate", a very hot Habanero type (Capsicum Chinense). Most of the big fruits have been picked now, and I'm down to the last few small ones.
|Devil's Tongue, Chocolate|
|Devil's Tongue, Chocolate|
|Devil's Tongue, Chocolate - just turning brown|
This is "Cheiro Roxa", with its Flying Saucer-shaped fruits, now mostly a sort of pinkish-purple colour.
This plant was one of the last to set fruit this year, and while I had it outside it really didn't look like being able to ripen any, but when it came indoors that soon changed.
This next one is probably the most significant one for me. My first-ever ripe "Jay's Peach", grown from seeds kindly sent to me by fellow chilli enthusiast Enrico, from Italy.
That ripe chilli is very tiny, but I'm pleased to see it nonetheless. I grew its parent plant from seed last year, and although it produced some flowers it did not set any fruit. I kept it over Winter, and this year it grew outside most of the time, along with all my other chilli plants. By the beginning of October there were flowers again, but still no fruit. Bringing it indoors did the trick though - almost immediately some fruits set, and they ripened very rapidly. There are now 4 ripe fruits, though 3 of them look far too small to have seeds inside them. This one might be the exception...
Two of the plants I brought indoors are "Turkey, Small, Red" ones. One of these is still lush and green and producing more fruits. The other died naturally. It produced a final flush of red fruits before withering away. All the leaves fell off, and the stems gradually went yellow, then brown and dry. The last fruits had very thin flesh, and lots of seeds - a typical last effort to reproduce. This is the plant in question:
|Turkey, Small, Red|
Pods like that are not so nice for eating, and I have lots of juicier ones already, so this last batch is currently being dried to give me a good stock of seeds so that I can give them to any friends who ask for them. If you live in the UK, I'm happy to give you some of these seeds. You can contact me via my Profile, which appears in the sidebar of my blog page.
Those last pickings when the weather is dreary and cold outside are a pleasure, aren't they? My peppers are long gone but I've been enjoying the variety I'm getting from those I froze as well as from the powders and flakes.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your sharing.ReplyDelete
You really are a chilli fiend aren't you :-)ReplyDelete
You have some lovely unusual ones there. I have just finished my lunch of sardines on toast sprinkled with chilli flakes, so reading this while my tongue is still tingling seems very appropriate!!
I am still harvesting sweet peppers in the poly tunnel. The leaves are looking a little bit wilted, but the peppers are delicious. Will I be able to to keep the plants over the winter. If so, where would be best? Thanks. KarenReplyDelete
I don't have any experience with over-Wintering sweet peppers, Karen, but they are closely related to chillis so they probably respond to the same treatment. Have a look at my post from 14th October, which describes the process in detail. http://marksvegplot.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/chillis-preparing-for-winter.htmlDelete
Hi, I read your blog regularly, despite the fact that it makes me feel guilty for not being as up-to-date in my own garden! Just wondering how you manage to stop your chillies cross pollinating? I had understood that there was no point in saving seed if you grow more than one type together as I do, as the resultant seed would not be true to type.ReplyDelete
Yes, that is a good question! I don't deliberately do anything to prevent cross-pollination, but many varieties seem to come true every year nonetheless - like my favourite "Turkey, Small, Red". To be honest though, most of my plants are grown either from commercial seed, or from seeds given to me by friends. Part of the attraction of growing chillis is precisely the fact that you may get something new and different each year! I have seen some people encase their plants in a sort of envelope of muslin to prevent bees getting at the flowers, but I have not tried this myself.Delete
Ah, I must try a few of my own next year so. Thanks!Delete