Chillies are not difficult to grow in containers (as long as you have warmth and sun) – but they have some specific needs. Knowing these will improve your success. Of particular importance is warmth to germinate them, careful watering and excellent soil drainage. In Part 2 of growing chillies, Steve Waters, who runs South Devon Chilli Farm, explains how.
Steve also offers tips on: growing chillies on a window sill inside, varieties for cooler climates, how to feed chillies, and how to control their most common pests (including a top notch tip for aphids).
How to sow and germinate chillies
Video time: 5.47
What depth to sow
The best temperature
Watering before germination
The best time to sow
Watering, growing media and potting up
Video time: 6 minutes
The best growing media for chillies
How to water chillies (this is important!)
How to pot on chillies
How to feed chillies
Video time: 4.08
When and what to feed chillies
Signs of overfeeding / underfeeding
Importance of calcium for chillies
4 fabulous and reliable chillies for pots
Video time: 2.06
For flavour and yield, which chillies are most reliable to grow in pots?
Common chilli pests and how to manage them
Video time: 8.12
Strategies for managing aphids – including a super, easy trick to remove aphids + different biological controls
Slugs and snails
Why its usually best to avoid sprays
Spider mites and thrips
Growing inside, overwintering, pruning
The best varieties for inside
Watering and pruning for over winter
Is it good to pinch out chilli growing tips?
Best varieties for cooler climates?