Hmmm this post title sounded better than it looks……Anyway I’m very excited because all my chilli plants made in through the Melbourne winter. (For a couple of them it was their second winter.) YAY!!!! What is even more exciting is that I also have my first chilli of the season – a Birds Eye. It may be small but to me it looks perfect.
It interesting that all my plants survived, we didn’t have a particularly cold winter but it didn’t feel particularly warm either. I think chillies must be more cold tolerant than I thought. I don’t protect the chillis at all, but then we don’t get frost either. I found that the ones that are at the best stage now – ie lots of nice new growth and flower buds are all ones that I pruned in July. Interestingly though I also have 2 capsicums (bell peppers) that seem to have made it through winter and the one of these thats doing better is the one I didn’t prune. It might just be a co-incidence though….
I’m not sure what the below chilli varieties are. Never again will I buy a seed mix as I am finding it very irritating not knowing what is what so to speak. Its bad enough my toddler taking the labels out of things but not knowing in the first place I find even worse…..control freak anyone??? When they fruit I will spend a bit of time trying to identify them.
I do know what this next one is though. In Australia this goes by the name of Scotch Bonnet- it isn’t the same as what I knew of as Scotch Bonnet in the UK. There I used to buy the chillies from a West Indian grocer and they were a slightly different shape and considerably hotter. I have yet to find that particular variety in Melbourne though.
My neighbour has a few plants of something very similar to this one growing in his front garden and they have been there the four years we’ve lived here so I think the variety must be reasonably long lived. My understanding is that there is quite a bit of variation in the longevity of the different chilli varieties but all are perennial (unless a particularly cold climate kills them off that is….).
I have also sown chilli seed – irrationally it is more Hot chilli mix – it will be interesting to compare the yields between the different plants. At the moment all my chillies are in pots but I’m just thinking about the merits of adding more edibles to my (currently mainly ornamental natives) front garden. Food for thought – and hot food at that!