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The chilli pepper is the fruit from the chilli plant belonging to the genus capsium. Their heat comes from several related chemicals which are collectively called capsaicinoids. Originally chillis originated in the Americas, but as they became more widely used in cooking and medicine, cultivating chillis spread around the world. India is the worlds largest producer, consumer and exporter of chillis these days.





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There are 5 domesticated species of chilli pepper which are;

Capsicum annuum - bell, wax, cayenne, jalapenos and chiltepin chilli peppers.

Capsicum frutescens - malagueta, tabasco and thai peppers.

Capsicum chinense - naga, habanero, datil, and scotch bonnet pepeers.

Capsicum pubescens - rocot peppers.

Capsicum baccatum - aji peppers.

The heat of chilli peppers is measured in Scotville heat units where a measurement of chilli extract is added to sugar syrup and then the heat becomes detectable when tasted. The stronger the chilli, the higher the rating it has.

When eaten the capsaicinoids in the chilli hit the pain receptors in the mouth and throat. Once alerted to the chilli theses receptors alert the brain, which in turn heats up as a response and then the heart rate will increase and perspiration takes place. Endorphins are then released throughout the body.



Rapitest Chilli Plant Moisture And Light Meter

When growing chilli plants the moisture content levels in the soil are of great importance regarding the health of your plant. All plants require light, but the chilli plant does require an awful lot of continuous light for it to flourish. You can purchase yourself a garden moisture meter to test the soil moisture content levels, but it is a better option for you to purchase a combined meter that can test for both moisture levels and light levels that your chilli plant receives. One of our favourite moisture meters in this category is the Rapitest 1830 moisture and light combo meter.

This moisture meter has an analogue display which displays the results it obtains on a graduated scale. For ease of use the testing probe is attached to the meter with a flexible cord to allow you to carry out tests in the most awkward of places and there are no batteries required to operate it.

To test for the amount of light that your chilli plant receives you must first select the light testing option on the meter. On top of the meter case you will see a window which monitors light sources. You need to aim this window towards the light source of you plant, without obstructing it in any way with shadows etc. You will receive a light reading result and you should make a note of it. To gain maximum accuracy it is a good idea to take 2 more readings and then work out an average reading. You will notice that the light source results come on a scale of A to H. A is the lowest light source with H being the highest. You must check the information booklet to get the recommended light source level reading for your chilli plant and then compare your results with it. If you need to relocate your chilli plant , then do so.

Testing for soil moisture content levels could not be any simpler than with this garden moisture meter. Simply insert the testing probe in to the soil and wait a few moments until a result is achieved. Again it is advised that you take a couple of readings and work off the average of the readings you have taken. Check the supplied handbook and compare your readings with the recommended moisture levels required for your particular plant.



Growing Chilli Peppers

Although growing chilli plants has been long associated with warmer climes, they can be grown successfully in the Northern Hemisphere. In order to get yourself a good harvest your plants have to be started indoors. The ideal plan for growing the chilli plant is to plant seeds at the beginning of the year and take good care of the seedlings indoors or under glass until it is time to put them outside when the threat of frost has disappeared.

You germinate chilli seeds in the same way as any other seed. A good tip to help the seeds along is to place them between sheets of damp kitchen roll and keep them in a sealed freezer bag. The sealed freezer bag then has to be kept somewhere warm like your airing cupboard. Here moisture and heat will remain around the seeds and speed up the germination process. After a couple of days the seeds should of swelled in size, with some even beginning to sprout, and be ready to plant in a container.

When you plant chilli seeds you want to space them properly with a gap of about 5 cm in a multi purpose compost. Cover the seeds with about half a cm of compost and spray lightly to moisture them. You want to stop the compost from drying out so check them every day and spray lightly if water is required. You can monitor the moisture levels of the compost using a garden moisture meter. Your seeds require heat and moisture at this time of their life. The heat requirement should be around 23 - 30 C.

After germination and your seedlings show above the soil there is another requirement they require and that is light. The correct lighting is necessary and one problem here can be that your chilli plants will climb up to the light source and become tall and spindly. Articficial lights, grow lights, can be used but they will be expensive and require much maintenance. A cheaper alternative is to use a basic fluorescent tube light from any adequate DIY store. Set these up above your chilli plants and do monitor them though, because they can scold your plants if located too near.

Chili plants can be potted after they have had their second set of leaves. The type of pot is not important and just keep them on your window sill or under artificial lighting. After a couple of weeks you will probably need to repot the plants again in larger pots. Once any risk of frost has disappeared you can put your chilli plants outside.


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