chilli plant

The 16th of January celebrates the International Hot and Spicy Food Day. Everyone’s taste buds are different when it comes to the level of spice that they can enjoy; Some people shy away from anything hotter than black pepper, whilst others find any excuse to use it in their cooking. Whatever takes your fancy, we love seeing pictures of chillies that have been grown in our customers’ polytunnels.

Chillies are at their best when they are given the chance grow indoors initially before they are moved outside to a polytunnel  and this is the perfect time of year to utilise this: Between February and March the seeds should be planted in a small pot kept indoors and monitored as the temperature should be kept between 21 and 32°c in order for the plant to germinate successfully as well as being sprayed with water. Once the chilli stalks start to poke through the soil, they are ready to be moved into the polytunnel. How long they stay in the polytunnel before they are ripe is down to the type of chilli.

Even if your heat tolerance is lower than others, chilli peppers still have their uses: Crush a strong chilli down and use it to infuse water to put into a spray bottle, which can then be used to deter slugs and other pests from your other vegetables…just be sure to wash it off your veg before adding to a salad.

Northern Polytunnels have been supplying the UK’s commercial chilli growers for decades, one of which produces a whopping 10 tonnes of UK-grown chillies each year in one of our structures.

The polythene used in our polytunnels is specially designed to allow in enough natural light and heat, even during the winter months, whilst also providing proficient shade when the weather picks up again in the summer.

To see what growing chillies on a commercial scale is about; check out South Devon Chilli Farm’s virtual tour here: