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Chilli (Cayenne) Seedlings


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Sorry - it isn't a good time to plant these right now.  We hope to bring you some amazing Chilli lovers pack in spring - watch this space!

If you love Hot Chilli Sauce, and you want to plant something vibrant in your patio pots, then Cayenne Chilli Plants are for you!

About Cayenne Chilli 

The Cayenne Chilli Plant is named after the French Guiana city of Cayenne, where it originated.  Cayenne Chillies are long tapered red chillies with dimpled skin and (often) a curved tip.  They grow to about 10 - 25 cm long, sometimes curving at the end.  

This plant can add stunning colour and a lot of personality to city gardens. Cayenne chilli plants are quite prolific and can produce up to about 70 peppers per plant!

Culinary Uses for Cayenne Chilli

Cayenne chilli have a hot, pungent and earthy flavour, and are often used in Mexican and Cajun cuisine.  They are rated at 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville units - spicey, but not so spicy that they will knock your socks off!  Cayenne chillies are about 10 times hotter than a Jalapeno, and about the same as a Serrano chilli.  Interestingly, this chilli is one of the ingredients in Tabasco sauce and ... traditionally brewed ginger ale.  

In powered form, cayenne can be sprinkled (sparingly) over egg dishes, hummus or even good old fashioned kiwi dip - anything that needs a bit of a lift!  Stir fresh slices into homemade lemonade or ginger beer for a delicious heat kick, or use them to build heat in your favourite hearty stew.  

Remember that your chillies will become hotter as your plant matures and they will become extra hot if there has been a dry spell of weather after the fruits have set!  If the heat of your chillies is too much for your palate, drink some cold milk - it is the best antidote we know of!

Growing Conditions - Cayenne Chilli

Cayenne chillies are easy to grow if you plant them at the right time. They are tropical plants, and need a significant amount of heat to produce fruit.  In the Upper North Island of New Zealand, you should wait until at least Labour weekend to plant chillies in the garden. (You can grow them indoors from August). This isn’t too late, as they only take three months to mature and will produce fresh chillies for months when they are regularly harvested. 

Cayenne chillies need a warm, sunny spot in rich free draining soil. (Grow them against a north-facing wall and they will love you for it!)  Take care to shelter chilli plants from wind and plant them after the last frost (they are very frost tender). 

Garlic, chives and spring onions are good companion plants for Habanero Chilli seedlings.

Growing Instructions - Cayenne Chilli Plants

Chilies are hungry plants, so they need lots of plant food and regular water.  When planting, prepare the ground with a mix of mature compost, slow-release manure pellets.   Keep them topped up with regular does of worm or bokashi tea to keep them growing all season.  (Once a fortnight should do the trick.) 

Overly dry or overly moist soil will cause the leaves to yellow and the fruit production to slow.  In average summer growing conditions, chilli seedlings need consistent watering about 2 - 3 times per week.  (Water the base of your chilli plants, not the leaves.)

 In the right conditions Cayenne plants can grow up to a metre high, so we recommend staking them as they mature!! Use bamboo stakes and recycled stockings for this job.

Remember to keep your Cayenne plants well ventilated - remove any damaged foliage to keep air circulating around the plant.  Keep an eye out for aphids, and Shield bugs, which can be a problem.  

Above all else, wash your hands thoroughly after working with your chilli plants - chilli oil can easily be transferred to hands or anything they touch...with dire consequences!!!!

What type of climate do Chilli Plants prefer?

Chillies need lots of sun, and lots of warmth.  They won't tolerate frost or snow, so these plants are best grown in the warmer parts of New Zealand.  Plant in late spring or summer, when the soil has warmed up.  If you live in a cooler part of New Zealand, you could try growing them in a pot placed in a sunny, sheltered and warm place.


We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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