Pepper (Chilli) - Sparky
Sparky is a Capsicum selection which performs well under northern European conditions. The plants are short and spreading, which carry masses of 1 cm long red fruit which are easy to harvest due to being deciduous. The chillies are fairly hot, but not excessively. They dry well, and have a distinctive flavour. The plants have considerable ornamental value, and the chillies, fresh or dried, add a useful extra flavour in the kitchen.
Sow indoors from February to April, in soil 0.5 cm deep, in separate pots if possible. Pot on in late May outdoors either in containers as patio plants or in a well protected site. Peppers can be slow to germinate so allow up 35+ days. Compost should not be too moist to prevent the seeds from rotting. All chilli peppers are very sensitive to the cold.