To get the best chilli growing experience you need to buy the chilli varieties that best suit your needs, regarding both the growing and the cooking/eating.
There are several criteria to consider:
Heat level – How hot do you want your chillies? We sell seed of very mild to superhot chillies; to see the chillies listed by heat level click here.
Plant size – How much space have you got? We sell varieties that range in size from small and good on a windowsill (e.g. Stumpy), to very large and better in a greenhouse (e.g. Tinkerbell).
Fruit type – What type of cooking do you do? Match the chillies you grow to the dishes you will want to cook. We separate our chillies into spice-type, vegetable-type, habaneros and superhots to help with the decision.
Fruit flavour– What flavour do you like in your chilies? Different chillies have different flavours; roughly, habanero chillies are fruity, others have a 'pepper' flavour.
Ease of growing and earliness– How experienced are you at growing chillies? Generally, habaneros (which includes the superhots) are harder to grow and ripen later than other varieties.
Appearance – Is attractiveness important to you? There are some very beautiful chilli varieties, e.g. Fairy Lights. If you are going to grow a plant in your conservatory or on windowsill make it dual purpose – ornamental and edible.