Organic Chilli (Habanero) Seeds
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Mexican lovers will enjoy growing Habanero Chillies and using them in their favourite recipes!
Our Ecoseeds range is certified organic, non-GMO and open pollinated.
About Habanero Chilli
Habanero Chillies are used as a spice, but technically classify as a fruit. This wee bell shaped chilli is from the Amazon, but it is more commonly associated with Mexico and Mexican cuisine. Habanero are named after the Cuban city of La Habana (Havana) because it used to be traded there.
This plant can add stunning colour and a lot of personality to small city gardens, as it is perfect for growing in a pot. This plant is generous, so you will only need 1 plant for 4 people.
Culinary Uses for Habanero Chilli
Habanero chilli are fiery hot at first bite, but there is more to them than just heat. After that initial fiery hit, your taste buds may be able to detect a more sweet, floral, citrusy flavour. This depth of flavour makes Habanero prized for use in fruity hot sauces and salsa. In Yucatán they are also stewed, fried, pickled and fermented, or eaten raw. Try them on your favourite pizza even! If you have a glut of chillies, our top tips are to dry them, preserve them in oil with garlic cloves, or pop them in a freezer bag for use during the winter.
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 - Habanero Chilli
Habanero chillies are easy to grow if you plant them at the right time. They love the warmth and won't start growing until the soil and air temperature is warm. In the Upper North Island of New Zealand, you should wait until 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.
Habanero 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). If you plant them in a pot you can move them around to suit the conditions. (Make sure your pot is at least 20 cm deep.)
Garlic, Chives and Spring Onions are good companion plants for Habanero Chilli plants.
Growing Instructions - Habanero Chilli Plants
Chillies 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.) 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.)
Habanero plants grow to about knee height but they still need staking as they mature. (The stems are quite brittle and can be damaged easily in wind, or when the weight of the fruit becomes too much for the plant.) Use bamboo stakes and recycled stockings for this job.
Remember to keep your Habanero 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!!!!
Climate and seasonal information - Habanero Chilli
Chillies are a warm weather plant that should be grown in late spring and summer, when the weather has warmed up. They do best in a warm climate, but could be grown in many parts of New Zealand in high summer.
Growing Instructions - Serrano Chilli Seeds
- Direct sow or transplant: Late spring - summer
- Transplant: Spring - when 7 - 10cm high
- Spacing: 60 cm apart
Sowing depth: 5mm (barely cover with soil)
Germination: 10 - 21 days
Keep soil moist but not soggy
- Harvest: 90 - 100 days