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Chillies - let's spice things up.

Discussion in 'Living Room' started by Xenia, 5th Dec, 2015.

  1. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    My entrepreneurial little man (my teenage son who is not really so little anymore), loves to grow chillies and make hot sauce or chilli flakes for cooking.

    He has had a high tolerance for spicy food ever since he was a baby and loves to spice things up.
    He has all sorts of peppers growing and has gotten it as hot as ghost peppers which are fairly high on the Scorville scale - a scale measuring the heat in chilli plants.

    He has however has had a few failed attempts at growing Carolina reapers - they are the highest on the scorville scale - the hottest chillies in the world.

    He's attempted to grow seeds several times - you can't get plants in Australia as far as we know. He's tried growing them in summer and winter and indoors and outdoors - no luck yet.

    Anyone here into growing chillies that can offer any tips?

    Anyone else want to share stories of kids creating businesses (kind of) out of hobbies or doing something entrepreneurial at a young age?

    I'm not certain I like the reapers (I tried ONE single seed and almost died), but I do encourage him to keep persisting and building it up because it teaches him business skills for one and 2nd, it keeps him off his damn ipad or off the phone with his friends.
     
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    sandyfeet Well-Known Member

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    I just love that your son has an interest in growing chillies! A lot more learning than just gardening happening here!
     
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    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    yes he has always been a little different lol
    I wonder who he took after :oops:
     
  4. York

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    I love chillies too Xenia. I usually plant different varieties such as Birds Eye, Habanero and last year I grew a Trinidad Scorpion -Cardi Yellow variant.

    By the way you can buy the Carolina Reaper. It's only available from this supplier :

    Smoking Ed's Carolina Reaper

    I hope this helps. Maybe he'll have more success if he starts with a plant rather a seed. ;)

    Edit- I just noticed that plants may not be able to be sent outside WA. Sorry...:(
     
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    OMG have you read the thread I started on chillies on SS, about the 8th hottest chilli in the world habanero ?..?

    We are chilli mad

    love it your son is into chillies wonderful:)
     
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    The Mexicans have a chilli they call puta madre. Look it up- but only if the boss is not looking over your shoulder.

    There have been a few varieties come onto the market over a period of time, each one claiming to be hotter than the previous hottest.

    Habanero is probably the hottest of the chillies commonly available in veggie shops. There's a few interesting YouTube vids under that title.
     
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    I got a Douglah plant going once. They were some crazy hot chillies, but a nice fruity flavour in a sauce. Also grew Bhut Jolokias a few times.

    My favourites are chocolate habs. They make the best Rendang ever.
     
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    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    My friend in WA grows bhut jalokias (sp?) which I think are the hottest in the world / highest Scoville rating.

    I tried some, I liked that ya only need a small amount in your cooking.

    He doesn't sell them though, just uses them himself in cooking so that's very entrepreneurial of him!
     
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    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    OMG if anyone is driving from Perth to Adelaide - can you PLEASE bring a reaper with you. My boy will love it.
     
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    Puta Madre? I'd like to translate that from Spanish but as a moderator you might ban me Geoff...:eek:
     
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  11. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    You too :cool::)
     
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    York Finance Broker Business Member

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    @MTR is from Perth......hint hint.....
     
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    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    behave you.
    this is about plants :D
     
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    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    If I know MTR, she would prefer a first class plane ticket to Adelaide, not a 2 day drive lol (with a hot chilli plant in tow)
     
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    hehe:)
     
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    I'm thinking of growing some chili plants, haven't decided what yet, here's some advice for Carolina reapers from my reading, although I'm no expert.

    The seeds have a very high germination temperature, you need a soil temp between 24 and 32 degrees. So either inside or a glass house (which may need to be heated according to some). You need to keep the plant protected until it is partly established as well. You would also need to harden the plant off before moving to a harsher environment, though frost won't be tolerated.

    They need lots of light, so a sunny spot is essential

    They take awhile, it may be a month before a seed shows itself.

    Soil needs to be rich in nutrients, moist and well drained.

    They are not frost tolerant.

    From my reading all the really hot varieties can be a tricky.

    Good luck, hope I wasn't just repeating what he already knows
     
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    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Maybe he can grow them in direct sun now - Adelaide is hot right now.

    But no he does not have access to a heated glass house
     
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    Hopefully summer does the trick. You can get a mini greenhouse from bunnings for about $25, it maybe suitable. I'm thinking of getting one to get cuttings off to a good start.

    My old man has a glasshouse in VIC and it made such a difference, can even grow pineapples in it.
     
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    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Brilliant idea - thanks Hodor