There are many different varieties of chilli ranging from cool to hot, the fruit is dried, ground and mixed with other capsicums, herbs and spices to make chilli powder.
- Interesting and satisfying to grow
- Many culinary uses
- Easily dried and stored
- Saved seed can be grown the following year
Chillies were unknown in Europe until Diego Alvarez Chanca, the physician appointed to the fleet and friend to Christopher Columbus documented their use in the West Indies on the second voyage to the Americas.
- Height: 60 – 100cm
- Type: Tender
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: White
- Flowering period: July - September
There are many different varieties of chillies but they all have one thing in common – they grow in the warmer countries of the world and love heat, which can make it difficult to grow in the UK. Unless you have a heated conservatory or a big sunny windowsill it is better to just grow chillies as a tender summer annual. It shouldn’t be put outside until the weather has really warmed up and needs to be in a south facing sheltered site or greenhouse. Chillies grow really well in pots and regular feeding will reward you with plenty of fruit. Seed can be saved form dried chillies and sown the following year. Any green chillies left on the plants at the end of the season can be picked and placed on a sunny windowsill where they will ripen.
The hot and pungent flavour of chilli is famous worldwide for creating heat in dishes, sauces, oils and vinegars. They can be used fresh or dried – a process that is easy to do by spreading the fruit out on newspaper in a warm area but out of direct sunlight, once dry they should be stored in an airtight container either whole or in fragments after whizzing in a food processor.
Chilies are highly nutritious and contain minerals, vitamins A, C, K and B6 and have also been used remedy used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years for stimulating circulation and the infused oil can provide some pain relief for aching swollen joints, sciatica and gout.
We deliver our herb plants to addresses across the UK. Orders are dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays. This is usually within two to four days of placing your order, but at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
Very small orders of up to 3 herbs are dispatched with Royal Mail but the majority of our orders are sent via a 24 hour courier service. Orders sent by courier to Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles take 48-72hrs - this will be indicated at the checkout.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.