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10 June 2019

Chilli Competition

Earlier this year one of our clients asked us if we could supply them with Chilli plants for an in office chilli growing competition starting in May.

Not a problem thought I, it is late March and most of us do not think of growing our tender 'veggies' until hot Spring days cajole us into action. However all our regular suppliers had already sold theirs on to the retail nurseries and would not have anymore until next year. Time to think again, maybe we could grow some from seed for them, no not enough time. A quick search on the internet for chilli growers helped me find Sea Spring Plants who were more than happy to help...

Sea Spring is owned and managed by Joy and Michael Michaud who have their own specialist nursery in West Dorset. They have been in the growing business for over forty years and started specialising in chillies in 1994, which makes them the first commercial chilli grower in Britain. Joy and Michael are probably best known for breeding the Dorset Naga which was once the hottest in the world and started the chilli heat race! They have developed many other varieties of their own as well and recommended that I supply the competition with Super Tramp chillies.

The Super Tramp chilli plug plants arrived very well packaged and healthy at the end of April, they are a small compact variety ideal for growing on window sills. Decorfolia promptly re-potted them into 1 litre growing pots complete with a peat free growing medium and slow release feed. We grew them on for a week in our glasshouse to make sure they were settled and then let them loose with our client for the competition. It will be interesting to see how they have grown and how many chillies have been harvested when the judging is done in late Summer...

For more info about chilli plants or to buy some visit  Sea Spring Plants 

Super Tramp chilli plant plugs
Super Tramp chilli plant plugs planted up into 1 litre pots ready for the competition...

Competition chilli plant
Six weeks later and this is what the competition plants are looking like...

Super Tramp chilli plant
A Super Tramp chilli plant covered in fruit...

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