Early Chilli Project - By our chairman, John Molyneux

When I saw the Vitopod Heated Electric Propagator and Chilligrow I thought “You know what, I bet these two make a really brilliant combination! Would it be possible to get a crop of chillies before the end of May by placing a Chilligrow inside the Vitopod Propagator in an unheated polytunnel?”

Chilli growing diary

20th January

Dwarf chillies of 7 varieties were sown in our Vitopod Propagator- Prairie Fire, Little Elf, Caldero, Bolivian Rainbow, Filius Blue, Jacobs Coat, and Demon Red.

A few weeks later, these seedlings were pricked out and potted on as normal; still kept in the Vitopod.

27th Febuary

Chilligrow Planter in a Vitopod Propagator The seedlings were planted out in the Chilligrow and we wet the compost to action the FeederMats capillary action. The Chilligrow was then placed inside the Deluxe Heated Vitopod Propagator.

I added 3 layers to the Vitopod Propagator to provide sufficient room for the planter and set the thermostat to 15 degrees celcius.

The lids on our Vitopod were kept off on most days.

60 days report. 28th April

On schedule, we have now been able to take the Chilligrow out of the Vitopod Heated Propagator! Overall a very good performance so far. I Predict the first crop of Caldero will be on the 20th May.

Here are a few pictures: you can see the Caldero and Jacobs Coat chillies coming along very nicely!

Caldero Chilli - Chilligrow Planter  Growing Chillies in a Polytunnel

90 day report. 28th May

We have a chilli harvest! It was always my objective to be able to pick good chillies in 90 days from 28th February in the cold polytunnel and I have done it!

What happens next is also going to be interesting. I confidently expect both a wonderful display and heavy crop: this is shaping up to be a very useful exercise.

Chilligrow Planter - June

18th July

The plants have come on to the point of being magnificent. There are literally thousands of chillies but “Caldero” is my favourite because the chillies are an ideal size with a great flavour.

Chillies from Chilligrow Planter

In the most parts of the UK, you would need 5 layers on your Vitopod to do this with “Caldero”. In the south of England and far west you might just get away with 4 layers!

If you're interested in combining your Vitopod and Chilligrow or have any questions about our products, please feel free to get in touch with our Gardening Angels on 0845 602 3774 or by email at info@greenhousesensation.co.uk .c. We're always happy to help!