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Chilli Blog

Alex de Wit

Chilli Seeds now available

13/06/2012

Dear customers,

We are introducing a new product range, After selling sauces for the last 12 years we have been asked by many customers if we can sell seeds as well! So here you go... We introduce to you our new range of chilli seeds. There will be seven in total and seven all chilli seeds we sell are grown by us. We let the pods ripe on the plants so the seeds are of the highset quality.

Trinidad Scorpion Chilli Butch T

The heat level in Scoville heat units for the Trinidad Scorpion Chilli Butch T. is an amazing 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units

 We are the Guinness World Record Holders for the hottest chilli in the world!

You can check the official certificate here:

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-1/hottest-chili/

 More Information on the Trinidad Scorpion Chilli and Scoville rating can be found on our website:

http://thechillifactory.com/hottest

Naga Bon

The heat level in Scoville heat units for the Naga Bon is around the 750,000 to 800,000 Scoville Heat Units.

Created at the Chilli Factory by crossing the Naga Jolokia with the Scotch Bonnet. Picked up and named by Neil Smith of the Hippy Seed company when he was visiting us!!

Chocolate Habanero

The heat level in Scoville heat units for the Chocolate Habanero is in between 350,000 to 500,000 Scoville Heat Units.

Chocolate Bhut Jolokia

The heat level in Scoville heat units for the Chocolate Bhut Jolokia is in between 850,000 to 1,100,000 Scoville Heat Units. A nice and warm appitizer!!

Yellow 7 Pod/Pot

The heat level in Scoville heat units for the Yellow 7 Pod/Pot is around the 850,000 Scoville Heat Units.

Yellow Bhut Jolokia

The heat level in Scoville heat units for the Yellow Bhut Jolokia is in between 850,000 to 1,100,000 Scoville Heat Units. A nice and warm appitizer!!

Red Bhut Jolokia

The heat level in Scoville heat units for the Red Bhut Jolokia is in between 850,000 to 1,100,000 Scoville Heat Units. A nice and warm appitizer!!

- How to grow chillies?

We have videos at YouTube to show you how to set up your chilli garden or farm:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheChilliFactory

How to germinate Chilli Seeds

Mark Peacock B.Hort Sc (Hons 1st Class)

Seed treatment Protocol:

  1. Soak seeds in a 0.05% Sodium Hypochlorite solution for 30 minutes. The best product for this is Milton (in a blue bottle in the supermarket with the baby stuff. It is used for sterilising baby bottles etc.)
  2. Dry seeds on paper towel and sow immediately at a depth of less than 1cm.
  3. Mix up a pre-emergent fungicide at label rate and apply to growing media. (Fongarid-it is systemic and will protect the seedling as it develops)
  4. Keep the seeds moist at 28 degrees until germination. It is also important to keep media well ventilated to prevent anoxic bacteria and fungi from colonising the seed.

 This is very basic but the Milton surface sterilizes the seed and breaks down the hydrophobic seed layer allowing water to imbibe into the seed. The trick is to get the seed up and away before fungal attack.

The better quality the seed the quicker the germination.

It is also important to store seed at 26 degrees for a minimum of 5 weeks after it is harvested to prevent any dormancy.

To sow the seeds we use Jiffy pots. These are widely available at your local nursery.

When we are germinating our chilli seeds we use heat blankets to keep the seeds at a constant temperature of 28 to 32 degree Celsius. This is the best temperature to germinate chilli seeds at!

You do not have to use a heat blanket offcourse. You can also try to put them on top of your fridge that is normally also a constant warm temperature.

The germination should take around the 5 – 14 days and it is very exciting to see them sprout up!! (Get your champagne at the ready;=))

After germination they need to grow up and strengthen before you can put them into the soil outside. We keep them until they have at least a couple of leafs and then we select the most healthy looking plants to be sun trained

Yes be careful in the beginning because although chillies like their sun when they are little babies they have to get used to it and need to be slowly introduced to the sun. We use trolleys to move them outside our hothouse and slowly build up the amount of sun. Start with max half an hour and make that longer every day

Then you can transplant the new chilli plants to the soil in either pots or just as is into the garden soil!

They like full sun and when very hot give them water twice or three times a day. They love good food too and if you take really good care of them they will last for years!

After 4 – 6 months the first fruit should appear and you can start harvesting. Wait until they are fully ripe before you pick them to give them that extra heat…

When winter comes around; they do not like it too cold so make sure you put them inside or if you keep them outside over winter: make sure that they have plenty of mulch and newspapers around the stems so they stay nice and warm.

Prune them right back just before the frost will hit them. But when pruning make sure to leave enough of green leaves on the left over branches so the plant can survive the winter and shoot up in spring again. If they survive the winter the whole cycle starts again and this time you should get your fruit sooner in about 4 months because the plants are already established. If you treat your plants well you should get a couple of years of fun our of them

Enjoy!!

How do we get the best chilli seeds available?

 - We grow our own chillies and let the chillies ripe on the plant until they are nice and dark red before harvesting the chilli pods to dry them for our chilli seeds.

We are the Guinness World Record holders of the hottest chilli in the world and have a high sense of quality. You will get the best seeds possible and should have years of fun and food from these seeds.

To be noted:

A slight warning before you start with the seeds; make sure to wear gloves to protect yourself against the chilli oil/capsaicin. It will burn and that is a guarantee!! We are sneezing, coughing and wearing gloves and facial mask to pack the seeds into their final package so make sure to get gloves…

Although the growing of chilli plants is not difficult and pretty straight forward the end result may vary depending on quiet a few variables such as:

- Your growing skills

- The climate you grow the plants in. The colder the climate the least fruit and smaller the plants will be.

- The condition of your soil! The better you control this the better the end result.

- how do you cultivate your chilli plants?

Do you give them extra fertilizer? Do you keep them in a hothouse? Do you grow them hydroponicly? et cetera

So the growth of your seeds and the end results may vary and it all depends on the above conditions mentioned and other external factors.

Information on anything chilli check our FAQ

http://thechillifactory.com/faq

Information on how to grow chillies or set up your own chilli farm check our YouTube Channel here:

http://www.facebook.com/TheChilliFactory

Like us on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/TheChilliFactory

and stay in touch with us…

Enjoy the growing ;=))

Hot regards from

The Hot Chilli Team.

Alex de Wit

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