For many, like myself, growing Chillies is a hobby or indeed an obsession. It certainly is addictive and immensely satisfying when that first pod appears on the plant you have tended, but Chillies are renowned for being difficult to germinate from seed, unlike other fruit like tomatoes which will germinate readily and in pretty much any environment.
Chilli seeds need a constant heat, ideally a heated propagator and a lot of patience is required! If you want to grow pods but don’t want the mess and the hassle then Potters Plants could be for you.
Way back at the beginning of the year when the country was shivering Richard Potter who runs the family business sent me three little Chilli plug plants for a review. I received a Naga Morich, Moruga Scorpion and a Red Scotch Bonnet.
The plants arrived securely in the pack and ready to be potted on, the compost was still very moist and although a little bent over which is understandable after a couple of days trapped in the postal system, they straightened up.
These were very quickly potted on and sat on my windowsill gaining as much natural light as I could. I tried to avoid using my grow lights as most casual growers would not have these to hand.
As soon as the weather allowed I transferred these to my heated poly tunnel in my garden. They have sat in there getting potted on into steadily bigger sized pots.
A good sign with these plugs was that they were completely clear of Aphids, the bain of Chilli growers up and down the country. I have often bought Chilli plug plants from big garden centres and find they are infested which is very bad news for young plants.
So here we have the three plants now, a little bigger and the Scotch Bonnet (right) already has pods growing. The other two would always take longer to produce fruit. As a general rule the hotter the variety is going to be, the longer the pods take to form and ripen.
So here we have from left to right, the Naga Morich, Moruga Scorpion and the Red Scotch Bonnet.
So there you have it, from as little as £2-£4 for 3 plug plants plus postage they are good value.
I think they are sold out for this year of plug plants but are definitely worth keeping an eye on for next years season. They also sell tomato and sweet pepper plants too.