In Scotland chilli growing is an annual cycle which starts in February with seed planting. We source our chilli seeds from reputable UK suppliers.
In early April the young seedlings are transferred from their heated propagator and "potted up". They then go into a small heated polytunnel with a minimum temperature of 15ºC. In early May the young plants are about 8" high and are ready to be transplanted into the larger unheated polytunnels. Fruits begin to appear in June and harvesting starts in late July continuing right through to early December if it’s not too cold. The plants are then composted and the whole process starts again.
We grow a variety of chillies including Palivec (Czech for the spicy one), Ohnivec (the fiery one) and Jalapeño. Some new varieties for 2021 include Draky, Chinese Dragon Tongue and Basque.
Foragers chillies are cultivated the old-fashioned way directly in soil, and using natural growing methods to maximise chilli flavour. We don't use chemicals or pesticides preferring to encourage natural predators and companion planting to control aphids and other unwelcome pests.