There’s something magical about growing your own food in your backyard or balcony. In this guide, we will discuss how to grow Chilli in your Perth backyard.
(Whilst most of this guide suits anywhere in Australia, check local conditions for growing months if you live outside Perth.)
Vegetable gardening can be a lovely connection to the beauty of the natural world around us. Your vegetable garden has the potential to feed you both physically and mentally.
When should you plant Chilli?
The best months to plant Chilli in Perth are Aug-Dec. You can plant using Transplant, ideally when the soil temperature is around 23-28 degrees celcius and the air is around 15-30 degree celcius.
Seeds or Transplant? Transplant
Ideal air temp: 15-30c
Ideal soil temp: 23-28c
Can Chilli grow in pots?
Yes, they can grow in pots. Be mindful of the size they grow to.
The great thing about planting Chilli in pots is that you can move them around easily, should they need more or less sun, or are getting attacked by pests. In some cases, you can even grow Chilli indoors, as long as the position can get enough sun.
How much sun should Chilli get?
You will discover that Chilli thrives on Full sun.
Some gardens get more shade than others, and your direction north etc varies. Try the ideal position first, and if the Chilli isn’t growing well enough, maybe try a more or less sunnier spot.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
How often should you water Chilli?
Chilli really enjoys when it gets Regular watering.
They prefer soil that is Well-drained.
When can you harvest?
Being a Annual vegetable, the ideal time to harvest your Chilli crop is around Dec-May. Play it by ear though, and just see how your plant(s) do this season.
Growing Chilli in rows
If you are getting serious with your vegetable garden, you may wish to grow Chilli in rows. You’ll need to allow around 75-80 centimetres between rows, and 45 centimetres between each seedling or seed.
Space between rows: 75-80 cm
Space between seedlings: 45 cm
Keep the seeds!
Did you know that you can keep Chilli seeds for up to 5 years, and use them to grow more next season?
Non-violence is the policy of the vegetable kingdom.
H. G. Wells
Enjoy delicious Chilli in your Perth garden
You can save so much money by growing Chilli in your own backyard.
It is incredibly rewarding to look out on a neatly weeded and mulched vegetable garden with freshly planted veggies. Growing and providing your family and friends with home grown veggies is such a pleasure.
I trust you found the above article motivating and soon you’ll be in the garden.