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.