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Chilli Apache is a well known dwarf chilli that produces good yields on semi-compact plants. The fruits are approx 7cm long and turn from green to red. They are good for use in the kitchen, and have a medium heat. Bred in the UK it is a good choice for growing in containers.
Apache is ideal for patios as well as in the greenhouse and grows to approx 35cm in height, with prolific fruiting throughout the Summer season.
Scoville Rating: 70 - 80,000shu
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Chilli growing in the UK has huge following. For anyone looking to give it a try, growing one the modern varieties isn't difficult, and provided you give them right conditions they will reward you with a bountiful harvest. Being sub-tropical plants of origin, this generally means plenty of light, warmth, feed and water.
If you have a heated greenhouse or heated propagator, seeds can be sown from late January - but for unheated propagation, sowing is best left till March or early April.
If you are after the best results, we suggest you invest in a heated propagator. These growing tips assume that is the case.
Chillies will reward you for giving them the right nutrition. If we hear people moaning that their chilli crops have been poor, 99% of the time it is because they have not fed them properly. If you are not using a slow release feed, a good quality liquid tomato feed will be fine.
Chilli plants have very few major pest - slugs and aphids will probably be the biggest problem. If growing in pots - a copper ring round the pot will usually stop slugs, whilst SB Plant Invigorator will clear any aphid problem and can be applied as needed.
You should have fruit ready to harvest from July to the Autumn. You can pick chillies green or wait until they have changed colour, the heat will most probably change as well as the colour.
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