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Dorset Naga Growing Challenge


Dorset Naga chilli plant

This is a competition for chilli growers.

Compete against other growers, but also find your personal best

Every year we challenge "chillheads" – dedicated chilli growers – to see who can get the most red chillies off one Dorset Naga plant. The Dorset Naga Challenge tests chilli growers' skills like no other competition. A single Dorset Naga chilli plant is capable of producing several thousand chillies in a single growing season. But it is not easy to get such results, and depends on the skill of the grower and probably a little bit of luck.

Last year the winner was Torbjorn Hogberg. Torbjorn harvested 2,256 red chillies off his Dorset Naga plant.

That is an amazing result; congratulations Torbjorn. But it was not quite as good as our result of 2,407 red chillies that we picked off a 10.5 month old plant in 2013 (for details click here). Can you do better?

The winner – i.e. the person who harvests the most red chilies off their plant in 2015 – will be given a £20 voucher to use on our website; BUT if the winner beats our attempt we will double the prize! If you're unsure about making a commitment, don't worry, this is just so that we can keep you informed of any developments. The competitions are just for fun and among friends, so don't worry if you enter now but change your mind later; alternatively you could get your plants growing before entering.

Anyone can enter: amateur or professional, serious hobbyist or someone who just dabbles in growing chillies. It is all just a bit of fun, so see what you can do and give it a go!


The Rules

  • The variety grown MUST be a genuine Dorset Naga plant. If you didn't get the seed from us you will have to tell us where the seed came from, and convince us it really is Dorset Naga. There are a lot of fakes around and some people selling seed without permission, if you buy from these people your entry is invalid.
  • The plant can be grown from seed or a plug plant.
  • Any growing method can be used, i.e. it can be grown hydroponically, in a pot or in the ground.
  • Only red chillies count. They can be picked at any time, but every harvest must be recorded or they won't count. Last harvest date is 16th November 2015.
  • The plant must be under one year old on the last harvest date of 16th November.

This competition is based on trust. Keep records, take photos, do a video.

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To help count the chillies we sell counters. To buy click here.