“Growing a chilli plant from a seed can be a fun and easy endeavor! Germinate chilli seeds in a warm, consistent temperature and use a light compost to sprout seedlings. Carefully transfer a seedling to a small pot, keeping it warm and watered.

Upgrade pots as the plant grows, or transfer it to your garden if the weather is warm enough. Pick chillis off of your plant regularly as a flavorful addition to your meals!

A huge benefit of growing your own is the vast array of delicious varieties now available – you’ll discover a whole new world of flavour when compared to the ubiquitous, one dimensional ‘red’ and ‘green’ chillies sold by most supermarkets.

Most chilli varieties are not difficult to grow – but they do have slightly different needs from most other edible crops. For example, the seeds need more warmth to germinate, and the plants benefit from drying out more between waterings. If you’re starting out, it’s also useful to know that some chilli varieties are a lot harder to grow than others.”

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