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Culinaricon  (Topics: 84 - Posts: 568)
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I have chiles!
Posted by Egil Mar 27, 2009, 18:51
As of now, my ladyfingers bush is about waist-high, and is giving a healthy crop of some 40 chiles at various stages of development. (None of them quite red yet.)

And I have planted jalapeño, bishop's hat, and malagueta chiles on other vases in my balcony, which are probably going to give fruit sometime in midwinter, since they're already some 20cm tall.

And salvia, basil, and rosemary, too, along with a passionflower vine. Which, annoyingly enough, has branched off instead of clinging to the balcony railing.

I haz spices. GLOAT.


Posted by Carduus Mar 27, 2009, 21:09
Yes, I'm green with envy.
I miss my big kitchen windows and the balcony I had in Eskilstuna.

Please, keep us posted and post pictures, at least Igelkotten and I will follow your chili adventures closely. [:)] We have some new interesting chili seeds but not enough room to grow as many of them as we would like.


Posted by Egil Mar 27, 2009, 22:26
And the first batch, while the ladyfinger bush was still only half a metre tall, got extra hot because my roommate forgot to water it or pick the fruit while I was travelling, so that the chiles spent two weeks drying and concentrating on the branch ("na rama" is the portuguese phrase, which I like very much). Meaning that instead of the default ladyfinger strength, which is "munchable if not quite jalapeño mild," they were about as strong as tabasco. But still a lot more flavourful.

Trouble is, because it was still growing the first batch was only about ten fruit.


Posted by Igelkotten Mar 28, 2009, 11:38
Here up north, I have bought seeds for a Tepin variant, some "Black Hungarian Cherry" - a biggish, roundish one supposed to be on the milder side, but very sweet and flavourful, as well as some Scotch Bonnet. I will hopefully have the time to plant them this weekend, so we can start cultivating them.

The Esplette and the Rocoto from last year are getting a come-back this year, too.

Hopefully, we'll have some nice home-grown ripe chillies to munch on come late august or early september. Right now, that feels a bit far-fetched, though. We are supposed to switch over to summer daylight savings time tomorrow, but yesterday we had a snowstorm all day long, and today everything is covered in a grey slush. [:(]


Posted by Egil Apr 29, 2009, 13:39
The contrast between summer and winter (well, late autumn) is impressive. The crop which came out in summer took two weeks from flower to ripe, deep red fruit. The crop I mentioned in this thread is only starting to ripen now.

OTOH, they're a bit bigger - more of a Egilfinger than a ladyfinger, really, unless the lady has got really big hands.


Posted by Carduus Apr 30, 2009, 20:31
Photos Egil, Photos! [grin]


Posted by Egil May 14, 2009, 16:52


Posted by Carduus May 14, 2009, 22:24
Ooooo!
Very nice!

And I must say the balcony rail makes my curious of what the rest of the looks like!


Posted by Igelkotten May 16, 2009, 07:41



Colour me chile-red with envy...

Looks like a nice balcony, too!
Our chile crop is way behind, but the laurel tree has taken a liking to the late spring sun and is now growing at a frantic pace. And even the potted olive tree is startign to sprout some teeny-tiny buds! [:)]


Posted by Igelkotten Jun 24, 2009, 10:40
Just a quick little update:

When summer finally arrived, our chiles really started to grow!
The Rocoto has had the cutest little purple flowers, and there are quite a few big fruits on the plant now, busily ripening. The purple hazel and the bay leaf plant are also coming along nicely! [:)]


Posted by Egil Aug 5, 2009, 21:18
An update: apparently, chiles in SP do have a growing season, since the ones which weren't yet mature have yet to get past my shinbones.

Passionflower, otoh, doesn't. And in fact I had to move the ladyfinger bush away from it, lest it be strangled. Seriously, the thing is almost scary; I've seen it grow over 5cm a day on each vine. No passionfruit for me yet, though. :/


Posted by Carduus Aug 7, 2009, 21:49
We now have two plump red rocoto fruits waiting to be harvested. [grin]

We had an Passionflower, but it died earlier this summer, it never liked our living room window however it did try to strangle a chilli plant and a small lemon tree before it strangle itself... [roll] not a peaceful plant.


Posted by Igelkotten Aug 8, 2009, 11:22
Quoted from: Carduus

We now have two plump red rocoto fruits waiting to be harvested. [grin]

We had an Passionflower, but it died earlier this summer, it never liked our living room window however it did try to strangle a chilli plant and a small lemon tree before it strangle itself... [roll] not a peaceful plant.



But very passionate!


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