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- Upright red peppers
- Great for chilli powder
- Grows great on windowsills
The perfect chilli variety for drying and making your own chilli powder! This versatile and vibrant chilli grows to 90cm (3ft) if grown in a large pot or greenhouse but will also make neat 45cm (18in) tall plants if grown in a 2 litre pot, so ideal for fitting on a kitchen windowsill.
This chilli continues to grow and sometimes fruits in the winter too and it’s so easy to harvest. Pick the fruit off with your fingers and it slips off the plant when ripe. We advise you to wash your hands after picking though!
With a smoky flavour Lancer is perfect chopped and prepared raw and perfect for drying and storing long term as a ground powder – use a pestle and mortar. Augment dishes such as chilli con carne.
From late winter get hold of 9cm pots and fill them with seed and cutting compost, suitable for seeds that are just germinating. The compost has just the right level of nutrients to see your seedlings off to a sure start.
Position three seeds 0.5cm (1/4in) deep around the edge of a 9cm pot. Water the compost then label and date your peppers for future reference.
Put the pots somewhere that gets 18°C (64°F) of warmth (a thermometer is a handy investment for seed sowing) and keep the soil damp but not waterlogged until your seedlings reach a size when they will happily fill a bigger pot. From now on every seedling will require a pot of its own to grow successfully. Transplant again into bigger pots by degrees as your tomato plants develop.
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