Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds. When picking chillies, refrain from pulling on the fruit, it may break off a branch or even uproot the entire plant. Use sharp garden pruners to cut the tough stem.
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Chillies are the most important spice crop in the world known for its extremely pungent taste. The name "frutescens" translates as "bushy" or "shrubby". Known best from the famous "Tabasco" sauce which is made from the variety with the same name. Windbreak plants are essential where there is a danger of wind damage.
Common problems with Chilli
Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, Aphids, Ants, Nematodes, Mites, Fungus
Chilli Companion Plants
How to propagate Chilli
Sowing time in winter/spring under a bed of mulch or as soil heats up. Germination take 3-4 weeks.
Special features of Chilli
Repels harmful insects
Often used to deter deer from orchards or vineyards. It is used as natural insecticide, mixed with other ingriedients like garlic.
Other uses of Chilli
The seeds of Chili pepper contain capsaicin (a chemical compound), believed to have antibiotic properties.
Very hot seeds normally used as a flavouring.