Chilies

Cayenne

Green chili peppers are the fruits of the capsicum plant and are harvested before they have reached maturity. Chili peppers are grown from seeds and get their "heat" from an alkaloid called capsaicin. Chilies are said to be a good source of vitamin c.

The Chilies should take a few weeks to develop and will take a further couple of weeks to change from green to red. You can harvest them when they are Green or Red. They will start to shrivel after they have been on the plant for a while but they can still be harvested and used at this stage.

The longer you leave the chilies on the plant, the hotter in flavor they will become. Leaving the chili on the plant after it is ready for harvest will result in a decline in further yields.

If you have a large amount of chilies ready for harvest at the same time and can't use them all fast enough then harvest and freeze any excess fruits.

Chilies are very similar to sweet bell peppers (Capsicum) but they have a fiery flavor instead of the sweet flavor associated with bell peppers.

Let’s look at what one will need to plant chilies on a quarter piece of land-

LAND PREPARATION

DRIP IRRIGATION

INSTALLATION OF DRIP IRRIGATION

SEEDS

(50gms)

PESTICIDES AND FERTILIZERS

BOOMFLOWER

(HERBICIDE USED TO GROW FLOWERS

5000

10000

2000

500

3000

250

You will need a total of 20250/=

NAME OF FERTILIZERS

NAME OF PESTICIDES

C A N

CAUME

D AP

DYNAMAKE

FOLIAR (lavender)

At the end of the day you should be able to harvest at least ½ a tone every month and a kg is 70/= in one month you should make 35000/= which means you will be able to get back the 20250/= you spent on the chilies and make a profit of 14750



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