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  Reply # 2197637 14-Mar-2019 06:29
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That's not bad, given the time and effort they can take to grow. They're soft after thawed from frozen, I would only use in stews and such, rather than say stuffed with cheese Anna baked when fresh.




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  Reply # 2197670 14-Mar-2019 08:25
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hio77:

What sort of chilis are you after?

I've got some lovely ones, are great for party tricks.. Nobody expects the chilli with the black seeds to burn nearly as harsh!
Thing grows like a weed. Does not like glasshouses and fruits faster than anyone would consume.


 


Potentionally could supply a clipping, expect it to take over your whole garden though.



Could it be used as a ground cover ?
If so can you give me the name please

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2197742 14-Mar-2019 09:59
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Could it be used as a ground cover ?
If so can you give me the name please

 

Chilis with black seeds are in the capsicum pubescens family, which come from South America. As well as the seed colour, they're characterised by having furry leaves, purple flowers, good cold tolerance, and apple-shaped fruit with high heat. Apparently they will happily grow year-round in Auckland, eventually turning into massive sprawling bushes. Not good ground cover unless you like your ground cover 6 feet high.

 

The species name depends on what country they grow in: Rocoto in Peru, Manzano in Mexico. I think they are generally called Rocoto in NZ.


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I have been growing Rocoto chilli (in ChCh) for the last 3 yrs in a large pot.They grow easily and I cover it with frost cloth over winter and put it under a rhododendrum bush to protect it from frost. The tops die off but in spring new shoots appear and the regenerate very well.Be warned - they are very hot and use gloves when handling them


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  Reply # 2197976 14-Mar-2019 13:58
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I had no idea that I wanted to grow chillis until this thread popped up. I ❤️ Geekzone.

 

For the OP, sounds like you've found a supplier. However if you did want to dabble with a simple grow-your-own, we've had fun with the kids with windowsill greenhouse kits from Bunnings (though we haven't done the chilli one). You could have a look at:

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/mr-fothergill-s-boutique-gardens-chilli-grow-kit_p02962291

 

or

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/mr-fothergill-s-cayenne-chilli-pepper-windowsill-greenhouse-kit_p02962017

 

Might not produce anything to your taste, but you could experiment for a bit before taking the plunge and going full geek on it.


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I have been growing Rocoto chilli (in ChCh) for the last 3 yrs in a large pot.They grow easily and I cover it with frost cloth over winter and put it under a rhododendrum bush to protect it from frost. The tops die off but in spring new shoots appear and the regenerate very well.Be warned - they are very hot and use gloves when handling them

 

 

^ This.
Definitely use gloves. I chopped up hot chilis years ago and thought a good washing of the hands after would suffice. It didn't. I discovered that a couple of hours later when taking a pee.


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  Reply # 2199893 17-Mar-2019 00:10
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My wife told me to use a knife and fork to prepare the chillies and not touch them with my hands. She comes from a chilli loving country,

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  Reply # 2199901 17-Mar-2019 01:30
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mdf:

 

I had no idea that I wanted to grow chillis until this thread popped up. I ❤️ Geekzone.

 

For the OP, sounds like you've found a supplier. However if you did want to dabble with a simple grow-your-own, we've had fun with the kids with windowsill greenhouse kits from Bunnings (though we haven't done the chilli one). You could have a look at:

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/mr-fothergill-s-boutique-gardens-chilli-grow-kit_p02962291

 

or

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/mr-fothergill-s-cayenne-chilli-pepper-windowsill-greenhouse-kit_p02962017

 

Might not produce anything to your taste, but you could experiment for a bit before taking the plunge and going full geek on it.

 

 

Wellingtonian,  I had no idea I could grow them here (no greenhouse).  The most successful for the last couple of years was starting from seed. The Jalapeno and generic chilli plants did really well, some have lasted 2/3 years in a spot sheltered from frost and in the most sun they can get outdoors. Plants from the garden centres - the ghost chilli and whatnot did okay last summer ('18) but all died off, even with a mild winter whereas the plants form seed survived -  I suspect GMO plants since seeds taken from those same plants didn't produce this year though other harvested seeds did. 

 

My advice would be to use genuine local seeds and forgo garden centre plants unless you have a greenhouse as I don't know if that would prolong their life. 


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