Growing from seed is one of the most rewarding parts of horticulture. As it happens it can also be one of the most cost effective too. When it comes to herbs, there’s a surprising amount of herbs which can’t grow from seed. This is often because they can only be produced vegetatively which includes methods like through cuttings or division.
From Seedling to Established Plant
Taking a plant from a young seedling though to an established plant is a key stage of the development of any plant. It’s also the stage at which so many people get tripped up. Once you’ve raised seeds or cuttings successfully the next step is to continue the growth until the plant can fend for itself better in the big bad world.
Planting Herbs Outside
As with many plants, preparation is the key. If you’ve been growing your plants inside in a warm environment it’s always best to harden the plants off. This is especially the case if you’re planting out between February and May. The easiest way to do this is to place your plants in a warm, sunny spot for between 3-5 hours a day for a period of around a week. This will help the plant become accustomed to the cooler weather outside and not be put in too much of a shock when planted outside.
Watering, Feeding & Growing Conditions
There are thousands of herbs ranging from plants that like sub-tropical conditions to the plants that are happy in near desert conditions. We’ll concentrate on the herbs that are best suited to the British climate as well as ones which would prefer to grow indoors in the UK.
Pot Sizes & Overwintering Herbs
The great thing about herbs is that not only do they grow well in the garden they’re also very happy to grow in pots and containers. This is particularly good if you’re limited on the space where you can grow herbs i.e. on a windowsill or balcony.
Take a soak, it's bath time!
Herbs aren’t just for eating, their fantastic scents and aromas are a massive part of the plant. This collection just goes to show how versatile these plants are. Add some leaves to a bath and lay back, relaxed and enjoy their relaxing scents.
Time for Tea
Herbal teas are one of the easiest ways to make use of you plants. A few snips of a leaf and some boiling water and away you go. Plus they taste amazing, can help relax or stimulate you. And if you’re watching the waist line they’re a great alternative to a latte.
A little bit of Mexico in rainy England
From chilli con carne to fajitas who doesn't want a bit of Mexican spice in their life? Chillies are an essential ingredient in Mexican cuisine. Whilst you can use any chilli to turn up the heat in your cooking these are the real deal and will give you that authentic Mexican taste.
How many Chillies???
One thing that's often surprises people is just how productive chilli plants can be. This collection is made up from some of the most productive varieties around. Without too much work you could be picking over 300 chillies from this planter alone!
Pretty & Useful Chillies
With chillies it doesn't have to be all about the fruit. In many parts of Europe and America they're used as ornamental plants. But just because they look good doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the fruit. All of these chillies wouldn't look out of place in a planter on the patio and are still fantastic to add to your cooking.
Growing Chillies From Seed
When it comes to growing chillies, at some point in your journey you are bound to want to try your hand at growing them from seed. All of the plants we sell from our nursery and the fruit we grow started life as a seed. There is nothing quite like growing plants from seed; I would recommend it to anyone. As a plus it’s also the most cost effective.
Chillies, From Young To Established Plants
Chillies are by no means the fastest plant to grow and as with most aspects of gardening, patience is key. Once your seedlings start to grow keep the soil moist, but not too wet. Over watering at this stage can really hamper growth. Until the plants are around 4cm in height it can be best to mist the plants on a regular basis instead of watering heavily.
Getting The Most From Your Chilli Plants
The position you choose to grow your chilli plants in will affect the amount of chillies you get. Imagine that your chilli plants want to grow in countries such as Mexico and you will start to picture the conditions they prefer. The absolute best place to grow your chillies will be in a greenhouse. But that doesn’t mean you need a greenhouse. A kitchen window, warm patio or poly greenhouse can still mean you have plenty of fruit.
Overwintering Chillies & Collecting Seed
It can be a surprise to some people, but chilli plants are actually perennials and will grow for many years. Often an older plant will produce fruit earlier in the year and will fruit for a longer period. This is especially helpful with the Chinense varieties (habaneros, naga, etc) as these need a longer growing period to fruit.