Well it certainly looks like the weather has turned and autumn is well and truly with us to stay. The nights have been turning noticeably cooler (it got down to 6 degrees one night last week).
In order to try and keep some of the unripe pods maturing I’ve moved quite a few of my smaller plants into the house (check here for more ripening tips) so they can benefit from some central heating at night time. Luckily we have a south facing conservatory so they should still get plenty of sun.
One of the plans I’ve moved is this Scotch Bonnet plant that I raised from seed in 2010 and was the first of my overwintered plants to flower last year.
The roots on this chilli plant are looking incredibly woody, gnarled even. This plant looks perfect to try and turn into a bonsai chili pant. I’ve got a spare bonsai pot in the shed that i can use so I think i’ll give it a go with this scotch bonnet.
There’s an excellent guide on how to create a chili bonsai here which I’ll try and implement on this plant either in the next couple of weeks or maybe early next spring. For now hopefully the extra heat of the conservatory will help ripen these pods.