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Early Flowering Scotch Bonnet

I was checking out my over wintered scotch bonnet plant at the weekend. Since sprouting new shoots back at the start of March my one surviving plant from last year has been putting on some good growth.

Over Wintered Silhouette

I’ve got plans to try and take some cuttings from this plant once the plant has put out some nice side shoots. More on that in a few weeks….

Upon closer inspection I noticed that there are a couple of small flower buds forming on the plant.Considering the small amount of foliage on the plant this is pretty surprising. I guess the sunny south facing window in the conservatory has encourage the plant to start flowering!

Over Wintered Flower

I think i’ll probably pinch these out to encourage more growth in the next few weeks. That said it is tempting to leave them and see how early I could get a ripe bonnet from the plant. I’ll aim to decide what i’ll do in the next week or so.

3 comments… add one
  • Sam L July 4, 2011, 4:59 pm

    I reckon you’ll get small chillies. All of my early ones appear small. I tend to pick the first set of chillies when the weather starts getting good in April/May which triggers the plants to produce more (proper sized) fruits.

    Also, cuttings…. Does this work? Sounds like a great idea, never tried it but I’d love to get some more versions of a great Jalapeno plant I have growing. Do you have any details?


    • The Chilli King July 4, 2011, 5:22 pm

      Sam L – I’m working on some cutting at the minute. I’ll let you know how i get on!

  • chilli Novice April 14, 2011, 10:25 pm

    all my habs and scotch bonnets died. the only one that survived was a Apache which i hated anyway. i had a few buds which i pinched out and the plant got bigger and more grew! got about 5 now.

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