Extending the season for growing capsicum and Chilli

This year I have been experimenting in our mini greenhouse by growing capsicum and chilli in pots to see if we can extend out the fruiting season.  We are now into the last month of Autumn and I am please to say that the capsicum and chilli is still ripening and growing.  I will keep these plants in the greenhouse over winter to see if they continue to grow, with the goal of planting out the established plants into the ground when the warmer weather returns. The other advantage is that the plants will be growing capsicum and chilli earlier in the warmer months.  Last year, despite growing the seeds earlier indoors in late winter / early spring, the seeds took a long time to germinate and grow.  Once the hot weather arrived, the plants were still establishing and were late to flower.  The plants in the ground still produced some decent size capsicums, but there are still plenty of small capsicums on the plants that will not grow to their full size due to the onset of cooler weather.

Here are some pics of the harvest and plants in the greenhouse…

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The mini capsicums have been a very nice addition to our salads and stir fry and have an amazing sweet taste.

The chilli I am growing this year is the Bhut Jolokia also know as the Ghost pepper.  The seeds were given to me from a work mate.  After he told me the name of the variety, I decided to do some online research to find out how hot the chilli was.  Below is a table of the scoville rating for various chilli’s which basically measures how hot the chilli is.

scoville rating for peppers

The Bhut Jolokia is the third hottest chilli in the world!  To give you an idea how hot this chilli is, the birds eye chilli has a scoville rating of 50,000-100,000 and the Jolokia has a rating of 850,000 – 1,500,000!  The Jolokia is only lower in Scoville rating with one other variety – the Trinidad Scorpion peppers which are used for law enforcement pepper spray.  The advice that my friend gave me was to remove the seeds before eating and now I can see why.

My Jolokia plant is growing really well so I will have to find a good recipe for the many chilli’s that it is currently producing.  Maybe a nice hot chilli sauce…