Seaspring Seeds – The Dorset Naga Challenge Update

by Joy Michaud on October 14, 2013 · 4 comments

in Competitions/Draws, General Information


The Dorset Naga Challenge

For the last two years we grew a Dorset Naga plant that produced over 700 chillies.This year we wanted to see if we could do better, and just find out what a Dorset Naga plant is capable of producing. So, in May this year, we potted up three January-sown Dorset Naga plants.

They were selected from the batch of plants that we had raised for selling on, i.e. up to this point they had not had any special treatment. One plant went into a 160-litre pot, the other two went into 100-litre pots. The plants were kept in an unheated polytunnel, and watered and fertilised along with all our other plants.

At the same time we challenged other growers to see how many chillies they could get off their Dorset Naga plants. The rules were:
1. The plant must be a Dorset Naga
2. The plant must be sown in 2013
3. Only red fruit count
4. The fruit can be picked at any time, but records, e.g. harvesting records and photographs, must be kept – this competition is based on trust, but we don’t trust people to remember 100% accurately.
5. Deadline: 15th November 2013

We have offered a token prize of £15 worth of chilli seeds to the grower who harvests the most chillies off their plant. And if the winner beats us and gets more chillies than we do we will double the prize.

We will harvest our plants on 9th November, and are very pleased to announce that the Clifton Chilli Club has agreed to be the official observers to guarantee that the counts are accurate.











With just a month to go before the deadline, here is an update of our three Dorset Naga plants, which are now exactly 9 months old. The photos are of the three plants, but the video is of the one in the 160-litre pot, the largest by far.

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avatar wayne February 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

Well my Mum bought some seeds from you (Editors note: Sea Spring Seeds not Chilefoundry) and they have arrived safety in the Philippines..She sent me some Miracle grow too so lets see how they behave in a tropical climate this year!


avatar Mark October 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Beautiful plant, obviously a real high yielder – I’ll go for 946 – will this over winter in an unheated poly-tunnel – I always have to bring mine home?


avatar Joy Michaud October 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

Thanks for your kind comment. Unfortunately, I expect the plants to die over the winter, they are in a polytunnel right now and we have nowhere warmer we can move them too. I would sell them to anyone who could pick them up, except the pots themselves are worth quite a bit.


avatar Steve PEttifer October 14, 2013 at 9:19 am

What a monster! I’m going to guess at 872 fruits – but I am hopeless at estimating so I’m probably way off!


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