Do chillies grow in Mid Europe?
Question: Can you successfully grow and cultivate chillies in Mid Europe ?
Answer: The answer is a clear YES. Most chillies originally come from very warm climate zones, but chili cultivation is possible in Germany and other Mid European countries if you pay attention to a few tips. Chili plants grow from seeds, just like tomatoes do. In our Chili seed shop you can find a great selection of chili types as well as cultivation supplies.
From January, the chili seeds are brought to a warm place to germinate, the best place is in a mini greenhouse on the windowsill over a heater. From April/May the chili plants can be put in the garden or in pots on the balcony or terrace. Chili plants can be put outside approximately 3-4 weeks before tomato plants, as they are less sensitive. The temperature should always be above 10-15 °C, no more frost should occur. Depending on the type, harvesting occurs from August to October. A detailed report on chili cultivation with pictures can be found here: Chili Cultivation Diary 2013.