Chilli Growing Guide

Chilli, also known as Chilli Pepper, Hot Pepper

Crop Rotation Group

Solanaceae (Potato and tomato family) 


Rich soil with plenty of compost added.


Sheltered sunny position or under cover.

Frost tolerant



Weekly liquid feed once the plant is a reasonable size.


Carrot, Onion, Onions, Leek, Tomato and Ginger.


Single Plants: 35cm (1' 1") each way (minimum)
Rows: 30cm (11") with 40cm (1' 3") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow in pots under cover in late winter to early spring. Transfer to bigger pots as required. If planting out then do so when soil has warmed and risk of frost has passed.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Sometimes require supports if the chillies are large.


Harvest chillies green when they have grown to a good size or wait for them to ripen to yellow, orange or red if preferred.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Chilli