Chilli Pepper Growing Guide

Capsicum annuum

Chilli 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.


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 early spring. Transfer to bigger pots as required. If planting out then do so from mid spring when soil has warmed.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Sometimes require supports.


Harvest peppers green when they have grown to a good size or wait for them to ripen to yellow or red if preferred. Chilli peppers will get hotter when left and can be dried out in the sun before storing.


Hot weather increases hot compounds in chillis, so those grown in cool climates may lack heat.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Chilli Pepper