Joy from Seaspring Seeds has been in touch to draw our attention to their challenge they are running with their world famous Chilli variety, the Dorset Naga. Now everyone wants the best yeild from their Chilli plants but can you beat Joy and Michael?

Heres Joy to explain all:

THE CHALLENGE: How many chillies can YOU grow on one Dorset Naga plant?

In 2011 we picked 781 chillies off the Dorset Naga plant at the bottom of the page, and last year we counted 766 chillies on another plant (see video below).

But we think we can do better.

This year we are aiming for 1,000 ripe chillies!

We will grow our plant in a large pot using peat-free municipal compost. It will be kept well watered and given plenty of fertiliser. The plant will have as much natural light as possible and be kept in warm conditions throughout its life – heated greenhouse when young, then in a polytunnel from April onwards. Can we get a thousand chillies on one plant? We will see.

Can you do better?


We challenge all chilli growers to see who can get the most red chillies off one Dorset Naga plant. The winner will get £15 worth of seeds. BUT if you get more chillies on your plant than we do we will double the prize to £30 of seed.

The plant can be grown from seed or a plug plant, but it MUST be a Dorset Naga, so if you didn’t get the seed from us you will have to tell us where the seed came from, and convince us it really is Dorset Naga (there are a lot of fakes around). Older plants, i.e. ones that are more than a year old are not accepted in the challenge.

Any growing method can be used, i.e. it can be grown hydroponically, in a pot or in the ground. Fruit can be picked regularly, or all at the end of the season.

This competition is based on trust. Keep records, take photos, do a video.

End date is 15th November 2013.



The nice people at Edible Ornamentals have give us a Gift Voucher for a Chilli Experience for two at there Nursery at Chawston in Bedfordshire.

Chilli Experience Tour Gift Voucher

These tour normally cost £35 and once you have your Gift Voucher you will need to make a booking on-line.

The tour includes:-

  • Refreshments on arrival
  • A walking tour of our award-winning chilli pepper nursery
  • A talk covering growing techniques and health benefits of chillies
  • A tasting session of gourmet chilli sauces and fresh chillies
  • Pick a small bag of chillies to take home

Now to enter the draw to win this gift voucher all you need to know is in which year did Joanna and Shawn buy the Cherwood Nursery.

Sorry this draw is now closed

NOTE: Entries will be accepted until 12 midnight on the 31st August 2012 and the draw from the correct entries will take place on the 1st September 2012. This competition/Draw is only open to UK residents and can only be delivered to a UK mainland delivery address, please read our competition terms and conditions before entering this competition.

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Brain StrainJust a few days ago Darth Naga and Leyton Power tasted Cappy’s Brain Strain. well we have a bottle of this to give away in one of our 24 hour twitter competitions., our thanks to Ged at The Chilli pepper Company.

This bottle is a from a very limited batch of just 5 gallons,and is only made once a year, so this is probably one of the few bottle available this year.

This Competition is now closed, Thanks for all the tweets.

To enter just you will need to be one of our followers on twitter, then click the above button and tweet our message to enter, we will make the draw of entries on 23th June 2012 at 10 am, so you have until to then to enter.

Note: This is for UK delivery only!!

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Encona is giving away 5 Caribbean Jubilee BBQ Kits each worth over £60..

Encona Jubilee BBQ Kits

Encona Jubilee BBQ Kits

Click here to enter.. only a couple of days left to enter..

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