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How to Grow Chillies with Capalaba Produce

Some like it hot, others aren’t satisfied until their insides are burning and eyes are watering. That’s right, today we’re talking about chillies, and this is your 5-step guide to growing them successfully.

Chillies are measured by Scoville Heat Units (SHU), and every chilli is different. You can choose a mild option, such as “jalapeno” (2,500 – 8,000 SHU) or an extreme variety, such as the “Carolina Reaper” (1,400,000 – 2,200,000 SHU). There are so many different varieties, colours, and heats in between, so if you’re feeling brave, why not give one a go.

Step 1 – Where to grow chillies with Capalaba Produce

Chillies thrive in full sun conditions. They prefer a well-drained soil and protection from strong winds and with the right care, chillies can flourish in both garden beds and pots. As chillies are toxic to pets. We recommend planting them in a place where your furry & fluffy friends are unable to get to them.

We recommend using Searles Premium Compost Mix and Rocky Point ActivGrow Soil Improver if you are planting into garden beds. And a premium potting mix, or a specialty mix such as Searles Herb & Vegetable if you decide to plant into pots.
Your chillies will also benefit from an organic mulch around the surface, to help retain moisture in the soil.

Step 2 – Water requirements of chillies with Capalaba Produce

While chillies are developing fruit, they prefer their soil to be moist, but not wet. Make you’re your soil is free draining, otherwise you run the risk of root rot.

Step 3 – Pests and diseases on your chillies with Capalaba Produce

Chillies have many natural predators, but with a little bit of time and energy, you can combat them easily.
Snails – Snails like chewing on the leaves, especially new growth. Use snail bait, snail traps or keep your chilli plants protected.
Aphids – Aphids can usually be found among the new leaves on your plant. Use a pest oil, and follow the instructions, to ensure you get them all and they don’t simply return. Aphids have natural predators such as lady beetles and predatory wasps, so you can let mother nature take its course if you like, but to minimise the damage to your plant, it is best to treat it when you see it. There are many DIY solutions, for those looking for an eco-friendly solution.
Fruit fly & whitefly – These pests are attracted to the fruit, so use a neem oil and sticky traps to keep them away.
Blossom end rot – This is caused by a calcium deficiency. The best way to treat it is to ensure your chillies are watered consistently.

Step 4 – Harvesting your chilli plant with Capalaba Produce

Chillies can take a while to mature. You can harvest them while they’re young, but if you want them to reach their true potential heat, then waiting until they have fully matured is best. Check the label to see what colour they are supposed to be when ripe.

Step 5 – Maintaining your chilli plants with Capalaba Produce

Prune right back after the fruiting has finished. At the start of the growing season, you can lightly tip prune to encourage new growth, but don’t over prune as this can potentially minimise your crop.

Fertilising your chillies is a great way to increase your fruit production, we recommend using a liquid fertiliser once a week. Generally, if it is formulated to increase tomato yields it will also work for your chillies.

Happy Gardening!

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