Black Chilli flower (at last)

I'd almost given up on the Royal Black Chilli, but on this rainsoaked morning, it's flowered!

That's the Big Red F1 hybrid tomato in the background, by the way, lovely big fruits but about as much flavour as eating a polysterene replica of a tomato. Won't be buying that seed again! Actually it was a gift, I didn't buy it ...

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

3 Comments:

Blogger Joanna said...

We don't have the same chilli pepper as you but ours have been flowering prolifically for awhile but not many set. We were told they need bees or artificially pollinating so I do hope some do set. I think we have 3 peppers from around half a dozen plants.

August 10, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you.com said...

the plant and flower are very pretty though!!

August 10, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna - you need to use the same paintbrush technique I use for peppers - it increases harvests by 90%. Just lick the brush and then use it to transfer pollen from one flower to the other until you've dabbed at them all.

Tanya - yes, beautiful, but if it insists on only opening one flower at a time, it won't produce any chillies, so I am desperately hoping it gets a move on and opens another bud pronto!

August 12, 2010 at 4:44 AM  

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