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#1 Wed 28 Mar 12 9:04pm

Jinglewaffle

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Member since Tue 22 Mar 11

Banana Chilli Variety

Hi guys

I just bought a 'Jamie Oliver' banana chilli plant with 20 great chillies on.

Just wondering if anyone has had any success growing these? It says it needs well drained soil? What does this mean?

Thank you

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#2 Thu 29 Mar 12 1:29am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: Banana Chilli Variety

Hi Jinglewaffle,
Well drained soil means the water won't sit around the roots of the chili plant and rot them.
As far as I know, chili plants need roughly the same care, no matter what type they are. I grow mine in a pot (so it is very well draining!), and in our temperate climate it lasts through winter, so it is 3 years old now.
Will yours be in pot or garden?

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#3 Thu 29 Mar 12 9:15am

Jinglewaffle

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Re: Banana Chilli Variety

Thanks.

Mine will be in a pot smile

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#4 Thu 29 Mar 12 10:47am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: Banana Chilli Variety

Hopefully the label will suggest what size pot. Good quality potting mix will make it very happy free draining wise! It will need the sort of plant food that keeps it growing more chilies too. There is good info about feeding in this article:
http://www.sgtpepper.com.au/care_plants.html
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#5 Thu 29 Mar 12 10:50am

Jinglewaffle

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Re: Banana Chilli Variety

Thanks again smile

So would you say it's time to pick a few chillies off and let them ripen in this kitchen? Assuming they do ripen once picked?
I'm thinking of drying or maybe pickling them.

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#6 Thu 29 Mar 12 1:03pm

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: Banana Chilli Variety

I haven't done the picking off early trick, but I will try it next year!
I don't think they ripen much once picked, but hopefully someone who knows more will come along and let us know!

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#7 Thu 29 Mar 12 8:40pm

Jinglewaffle

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Re: Banana Chilli Variety

Thank you.

Happy growing! smile

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