Chilli Growing Diary

Vivigrow Chilli Harvest Back in 2009, we decided to grow seven varieties in three of our Vivigrow Planters.

We kept track of our chilli plants at every step along the way to show you just how quickly chillies grow in our Vivigrow!

If you're interested in growing your own chillies, make sure you read through this diary so you know what to expect! You can also check out our Chilli Growing Guide for even more hints and tips!

11th March 2009

Fresh from the Vitopod Heated Propagator, we picked out the healthiest looking chilli plants and planted them into our Vivigrow Planter.

Friars Hat ChilliesIn Vivigrow 1 we planted: Friars Hat, Portugal and Georgia Flame chillies.

In Vivigrow 2 we planted Nepali Orange, Pusa Jwalia and Pasilla Bajio.

In Vivigrow 3 we planted 2x Joes Long chillies

The Joes Long Chillies are our favourites and they are so productive that we decided not to plant anything else in this planter.

31st March 2009 (week 3)

Vivigrow PlanterThe chillies have really taken off! The Joes Long plants that were planted last month are looking particularly great, we couldn’t be happier with the progress!

Competitive gardeners love our Vivigrow planter because of the fast growth and much bigger crops it produces.

Vivigrow 1 – Week 3
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Friars Hat   34cm 0 0
Portugal   18cm 0 0
Georgia Flame   19cm 0 0

         

Vivigrow 2 – Week 3
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Pasilla Bajio   17cm 0 0
Pusa Jwalia   12cm 0 0
Nepali Orange   15cm 0 0

         

Vivigrow 3 – Week 3
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Front Joes Long   19cm 0 0
Rear Joes Long   20cm 0 0

 

6th April 2009 (week 4)

Vivigrow Planter - Joes Long

All of the chillies in our planters are looking good.

The first flowers are beginning to show so it shouldn’t be too much longer before we start seeing a few chillies emerging.

Vivigrow 1 – Week 4
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Friars Hat   11cm 0 0
Portugal   13cm 4 0
Georgia Flame   12cm 4 0

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 4
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Pasilla Bajio   7cm 1 0
Pusa Jwalia   6cm 0 0
Nepali Orange   8cm 0 0

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 4
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Front Joes Long   13cm 0 0
Rear Joes Long   14cm 0 0

 

15th April 2009 (week 5)

Growing Chillies in a GreenhouseThis is so cool! Our first fruit is already beginning to form!

Both the Portugal and the Pasilla Bajio are forming their first fruit after just 5 weeks in the Vivigrow!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 5
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Friars Hat   16cm 0 0
Portugal   10cm 5 1
Georgia Flame   15cm 4 0

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 5
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Pasilla Bajio   8cm 2 1
Pusa Jwalia   8cm 0 0
Nepali Orange   10cm 0 0

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 5
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Front Joes Long   17cm 0 0
Rear Joes Long   16cm 0 0

 

22 April 2009 (week 6)

Chillies in a VivigrowWith growth well under way we are looking forward to tasting the first fruits of our labour!

A few more chillies have now started to emerge and the plants are still looking incredibly healthy!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 6
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Friars Hat   11cm 0 0
Portugal   9cm 9 2
Georgia Flame   9cm 6 0

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 6
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Pasilla Bajio   6cm 3 1
Pusa Jwalia   11cm 0 0
Nepali Orange   11cm 2 0

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 6
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Front Joes Long   10cm 2 0
Rear Joes Long   12cm 9 0

 

28th April 2009 (week 7)

Vivigrow

The chillies are now beginning to form on the Joes Long plants: we’re really looking forward to these!

Both the Portugal and the Pasilla Bajio also have more fruit, all growing really well.

Vivigrow 1 – Week 7
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Friars Hat   23cm 0 0
Portugal   17cm 15 8
Georgia Flame   19cm 13 4

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 7
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Pasilla Bajio   20cm 9 2
Pusa Jwalia   13cm 0 0
Nepali Orange   9cm 17 0

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 7
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Flowers Fruit
Front Joes Long   13cm 8 0
Rear Joes Long   14cm 12 2

 

20th May 2009 (week 10)

Joes Long in VivigrowThere are plenty of fruit abound; we just need to wait for them to ripen!

The Pusa Jwalia is yet to fruit, but there are plenty of flowers so it shouldn’t be long now!

There are too many flowers to count on our chilli plants now, so we’ve now started monitoring the number of ripe fruit instead.

Vivigrow 1 – Week 10
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Friars Hat 175cm 5cm 0 0
Portugal 123cm 14cm 17 0
Georgia Flame 145cm 30cm 14 0

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 10
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Pasilla Bajio 115cm 11cm 4 0
Pusa Jwalia 117cm 24cm 0 (10 flowers) 0
Nepali Orange 117cm 20cm 3 0

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 10
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Front Joes Long 136cm 2cm 9 0
Rear Joes Long 148cm 11cm 17 0

 

27th May 2009 (week 11)

Vivigrow PlanterThe Pasilla Bajio fruit are now ripening to a beautiful greenish black.

We changed the nutrient solution in the tanks this week to refresh the nutrient balance.

Vivigrow 1 – Week 11
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Friars Hat 215cm 40cm 0 0
Portugal 135cm 12cm 20 0
Georgia Flame 150cm 5cm 20 0

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 11
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Pasilla Bajio 134cm 19cm 13 0
Pusa Jwalia 120cm 3cm 18 0
Nepali Orange 128cm 11cm 3 0

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 11
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Front Joes Long 147cm 11cm 20 0
Rear Joes Long 163cm 15cm 20 0

 

5th June 2009 (week 12)

Joes LongA huge increase in fruit production this week; Nepali orange has gone from 3 fruit last week to over 30 this week!

Absolutely incredible growth thanks to the Vivigrow.

Vivigrow 1 – Week 12
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Friars Hat 235cm 20cm 0 (3 flowers) 0
Portugal 160cm 25cm 20 0
Georgia Flame 165cm 20cm 20 0

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 12
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Pasilla Bajio 136cm 2cm 29 0
Pusa Jwalia 140cm 20cm 0 (20 flowers) 0
Nepali Orange 150cm 22cm 30 0

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 12
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Front Joes Long 160cm 13cm 30 0
Rear Joes Long 183cm 20cm 30 0

 

10th June 2009 (week 13)

ChilliesAfter several weeks of phenomenal growth, the Friars Hat chilli is now fruiting.

Pusa Jwalia is eagerly fruiting slender, cayenne type fruit: we knew it would be happening soon but it’s exceeded our expectations!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 13
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Friars Hat 244cm 9cm 10 0
Portugal 179cm 19cm 40 0
Georgia Flame 174cm 9cm 40 0

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 13
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Pasilla Bajio 152cm 16cm 40 0
Pusa Jwalia 142cm 2cm 20 0
Nepali Orange 153cm 3cm 40 0

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 13
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Front Joes Long 167cm 7cm 40 0
Rear Joes Long 193cm 10cm 40 0

 

17th June 2009 (week 14)

Chillies in GreenhouseThe Friars Hat is romping away and is a staggering 268cm tall!

The Nepali Orange is now bearing lots of small, hot chillies. In total we’ve now spotted around 300 chillies over all of our Vivigrows!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 14
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Friars Hat 268cm 24cm 20 0
Portugal 181cm 2cm 40 0
Georgia Flame 182cm 8cm 40 0

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 14
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Pasilla Bajio 167cm 15cm 40 0
Pusa Jwalia 159cm 17cm 20 0
Nepali Orange 154cm 1cm 40 0

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 14
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Front Joes Long 176cm 9cm 40 0
Rear Joes Long 200cm 7cm 40 0

 

24th June 2009 (week 15)

Friars Hat ChilliesThe Friars Hat is still growing strong and now producing lots of interesting fruit.

These chillies are great fun to grow; they look absolutely stunning and fruit late into the year, so we’re expecting an incredible chilli harvest!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 15
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Friars Hat 280cm 12cm 40 0
Portugal 197cm 16cm 50 0
Georgia Flame 191cm 9cm 50 0

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 15
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Pasilla Bajio 169cm 2cm 50 0
Pusa Jwalia 164cm 5cm 60 0
Nepali Orange 180cm 26cm 80 0

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 15
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Front Joes Long 184cm 8cm 50 0
Rear Joes Long 202cm 2cm 50 0

 

1st July 2009 (week 16)

Chillies in the VivigrowThis week we had to trim the Friars Hat because it had reached the roof of our greenhouse!

To prepare them for an upcoming show, we also trimmed the plants in Vivigrow 2.

Growth has now slowed a little but the fruit production just continues to rise!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 16
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Friars Hat 260cm 13cm 60 0
Portugal 200cm 3cm 50 0
Georgia Flame 203cm 12cm 50 0

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 16
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Pasilla Bajio 172cm 6cm 50 0
Pusa Jwalia 166cm 2cm 60 0
Nepali Orange 182cm 10cm 80 0

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 16
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Front Joes Long 189cm 5cm 50 0
Rear Joes Long 204cm 2cm 50 0

 

8th July 2009 (week 17)

Friars Hat ChilliesSince they were trimmed last week, the chillies have put on more side growth, and become even bushier.

We have now begun harvesting the ripe chillies.

We’ve picked over 40 green Padron chillies, which have now made their way over to the Duk Restaurant in Preston. There are plenty more to come!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 17
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Friars Hat 272cm 12cm 60 0
Portugal 207cm 7cm 50 16
Georgia Flame 206cm 3cm 50 12

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 17
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Pasilla Bajio 185cm 13cm 50 44
Pusa Jwalia 181cm 15cm 60 0
Nepali Orange 177cm 3cm 80 36

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 17
Chilli Height Weekly Growth Fruit Ripe Fruit
Front Joes Long 197cm 8cm 50 16
Rear Joes Long 205cm 1cm 50 15

 

15th July 2009 (week 18)

ChilliesWith plenty of fruit beginning to ripen, our Gardening Angels been eager to try out some of the new varieties we are growing this year!

As we’ve started to monitor how many chillies we’ve picked, we will now be including this in our updates:

Vivigrow 1 – Week 18
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 282cm 60 0 0
Portugal 216cm 50 17 3
Georgia Flame 214cm 50 14 2

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 18
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 186cm 50 44 3
Pusa Jwalia 182cm 60 0 0
Nepali Orange 179cm 80 42 2

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 18
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Front Joes Long 200cm 50 16 1
Rear Joes Long 207cm 50 14 2

 

22nd July 2009 (week 19)

ChilliesThe Pusa Jwalia fruit are ripening to a lovely rich, orange colour. They are thin fleshed and ideal for drying, so a season’s worth should keep you going throughout the winter months: and given how many there are, they’ll probably keep your friends in stock too!

Combined, the Joes Long plants have produced over 70 chilies, 44 of which are ripe, 5 fruit picked.

The Joes Long plants have grown so well it’s become difficult to tell them apart, so we will now be tracking our overall Joes Long performance

Vivigrow 1 – Week 19
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 285cm 60 0 0
Portugal 220cm 60 30 3
Georgia Flame 220cm 50 18 3

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 19
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 200cm 60 50 3
Pusa Jwalia 190cm 60 5 0
Nepali Orange 182cm 80 50 3

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 19
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Joes Long (x2) 211cm 70 44 5

 

5th August 2009 (week 21)

Joes Long ChilliesIt has been all go this week as we prepared for the West Dean Chilli Fiesta near Chichester. 

We’ve picked plenty of chillies from our Vivigrows for people to try, including the Friars Hat, Portugal and Georgia Flame.

Vivigrow 1 – Week 21
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 293cm 60 12 7
Portugal 226cm 60 30 25
Georgia Flame 225cm 50 25 18

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 21
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 203cm 70 60 3
Pusa Jwalia 192cm 60 20 0
Nepali Orange 184cm 80 50 3

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 21
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Joes Long (x2) 220cm 70 44 22

 

12th August 2009 (week 22)

The West Dean Chilli festival was a huge success but the chillies in Vivigrow 2 took a bit of a battering on the long journey: we told it to wear a seatbelt!

With that in mind, a schedule of care is what is needed and before too long the chilli plants will be on top form once more!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 22
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 302cm 70 20 10
Portugal 232cm 40 12 26
Georgia Flame 233cm 50 9 20

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 22
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 209cm 60 40 10
Pusa Jwalia 192cm 60 30 12
Nepali Orange 184cm 80 50 20

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 22
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Joes Long (x2) 223cm 70 35 24

 

19th August 2009 (week 23)

Chillies in VivigrowThe majority of branches on the Friars Hat are now touching the ceiling.

Another week will be just long enough for the fruit to ripen and it will have to be pruned back!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 23
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 310cm 60 30 10
Portugal 232cm 30 20 30
Georgia Flame 233cm 50 9 20

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 23
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 209cm 60 20 15
Pusa Jwalia 192cm 60 40 18
Nepali Orange 184cm 100 100 20

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 23
Chilli Height Fruit Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Joes Long (x2) 223cm 70 35 30

 

26th August 2009 (week 24)

Joes Long in Vivigrow PlanterThe Friars Hat and Nepali Orange have been trimmed and are looking fabulous.

All the chilli plants are looking healthy and work now begins to prepare them for the Mawdesley Family Funday in two weeks’ time. We’ve lost count of how many chillies there are on each plant, so we’re now only able to count the ripe ones!

As the light levels begin to wane as we head towards autumn, growth will halt and the plants will concentrate all their efforts on ripening fruit.

Vivigrow 1 – Week 24
Chilli Height Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 315cm 30 20
Portugal 236cm 20 35
Georgia Flame 236cm 15 23

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 24
Chilli Height Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 209cm 20 16
Pusa Jwalia 192cm 40 20
Nepali Orange 170cm 100 30

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 24
Chilli Height Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Joes Long (x2) 225cm 35 35

 

2nd September 2009 (week 25)

Rocota Orange in QuadgrowThe chillies in our Vivigrow Planter are looking fantastic, as are the chillies in our other planters! We also have some Rocota Orange and Rocota Red growing in our Quadgrow Planter.

The Rocota Red has been producing ripe fruit for weeks now but this week welcomed our first ripe Rocota Orange: a cause for excitement! Don't let the gentle curves and soft colour fool you, these chillies pack a punch.

Vivigrow 1 – Week 25
Chilli Height Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 315cm 30 28
Portugal 236cm 20 40
Georgia Flame 236cm 15 25

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 25
Chilli Height Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 209cm 20 18
Pusa Jwalia 192cm 40 26
Nepali Orange 170cm 100 40

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 25
Chilli Height Ripe Fruit Fruit Picked
Joes Long (x2) 225cm 35 35

 

9th September 2009 (week 26)

Chilli Growing DiaryThis week we are looking forward to the Mawdesley Funday on Sunday.

We are attending in support of the local allotments group. We have harvested plenty of chillies to give away at the event along with a few of our top recipes!

There are so many ripe chillies now that we will only be tracking the ones that we harvest:

Vivigrow 1 – Week 26
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 315cm 108
Portugal 238cm 56
Georgia Flame 236cm 30

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 26
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 209cm 28
Pusa Jwalia 192cm 110
Nepali Orange 170cm 200

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 26
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Joes Long (x2) 225cm 60

 

30th September 2009 (week 29)

Joes Long ChilliesThere are still loads and loads of chillies that need to be picked. Everyone who has visited the greenhouse has been very impressed with just how many chillies we have growing, their vibrant colours certainly brighten up the place!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 29
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 320cm 120
Portugal 240cm 60
Georgia Flame 240cm 35

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 29
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 209cm 30
Pusa Jwalia 192cm 120
Nepali Orange 170cm 230

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 29
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Joes Long (x2) 225cm 70

 

7th October 2009 (week 30)

Bumper Friars Hat HarvestsWe hosted the Mawdesley allotments and smallholding community group’s monthly meeting this week. Everyone who stopped by was given a goodie bag of chillies and sweet peppers to take home!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 30
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 330cm 130
Portugal 245cm 65
Georgia Flame 245cm 35

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 30
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 210cm 32
Pusa Jwalia 195cm 130
Nepali Orange 175cm 240

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 30
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Joes Long (x2) 230cm 75

 

14th October 2009 (week 31)

Bumper Chilli HarvestThis week we harvested the chillies from the Bih Jolokia we have been growing in a Tropical Planter in our polytunnel.

The plant grew to over 1 metre in height and yielded a fantastic 1.4kg of fruit!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 31
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 330cm 135
Portugal 245cm 65
Georgia Flame 245cm 35

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 31
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 210cm 34
Pusa Jwalia 195cm 135
Nepali Orange 175cm 245

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 31
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Joes Long (x2) 230cm 78

 

17th November 2009 (week 36)

It was a sad week this week as we took down Vivigrow 1 and recorded our final harvests.

The Friars Hat really didn't disappoint with a final harvest of almost 4000g! The average Friars Hat weighs 18g, so there should be over 200 chillies!

Vivigrow 1 – Week 36
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Friars Hat 330cm 3900g
Portugal 245cm 794g
Georgia Flame 245cm 380g

 

Vivigrow 2 – Week 36
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Pasilla Bajio 210cm >60
Pusa Jwalia 195cm >150
Nepali Orange 175cm >250

 

Vivigrow 3 – Week 36
Chilli Height Fruit Picked
Joes Long (x2) 230cm >90

 

Bumper Chilli HarvestWe were very pleased with our growing progress throughout the year. The Friars Hat was easily our most successful chilli with over 4kg of fruit over the year! The Georgia Flame was the least successful, however we think that might have been due to the Friars Hat gobbling up all the nutrients!

This is the end of our 2009 Chilli Growing Diary. Our remaining chillies continue to fruit right into winter, so have remained up for the time being. If you’d like to hear more about our growing season or have any questions about our Vivigrow Planter, please feel free to get in touch with our Gardening Angels on 0845 602 3774 or drop us an email at info@greenhousesensation.co.uk. We’re always happy to help!