Growing Black Knight chilli peppers

 

Easy to grow, easy to maintain, the Black Knight is a chili pepper variety of the Capsicum genus. This variety  normally grows to a maximum height of 1.49 feet or 45.72 cm and is so mild it doesn't need a SHU test.

Black Knight Chilli Pepper
Black Knight Chilli Pepper


Believed to originate from Mexico, the Black Knight is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year, though being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.  

 

In other words treat it as you would any other chilli pepper plant, and by that I mean sow in mid to late January/early Feb in a good quality, moist compost. Pop a seed into each module and cover with more moist compost.

 

NB Don't plant your seeds more than 3 mm deep as they do not possess the reserves to fight their way to the light when planted deeply.

 

It helps enormously if you have an electric propagator as then your seeds should germinate in 7 to 10 days. Without one, even placed in a sunny position and wrapped in bubble wrap you will be looking at between 15 and 30 days - and that is if your seeds haven't rotted in that time.

 

Whatever, keep an eye on your seeds to ensure they are kept warm and moist - not sopping wet - and a good crop of chillies will be your reward. The fruit will start off green and eventually turn to an attractive shade of deep purple as they ripen.

 

The mature chilli fruits reach 10 " long and I am politely told they can be stuffed, roasted or grilled.