Growing Orange Wonder Chillies
Maybe I can be a tad dippy at times but I put that down to my age (nearly 70) and a lifetime of married hassle. Don't get me wrong: we have had 10 years of married bliss which isn't too bad out of 45 is it?
Just kidding really as I am trying to find a good excuse as to why my Orange Wonders haven't turned orange yet when most of my other plants are well on the way.
Start your Orange Wonder seeds off between mid January and early March. Treat them as you would any other chilli by putting them in a seed tray of moist compost and cover with a transparent lid or bubble wrap.
Don't plant the seeds too far down as they only have the strength to grow a very few millimetres before they need light. Cover your seeds with a light dressing of moist compost and then wait for them to germinate.
Keep a check on them to ensure they don't dry up and above all keep them warm! If you have somewhere sunny to start them off then so much the better, or using an electric propagator would be excellent.
This is a bushy plant around 30 cms (1 foot) tall and about the same across at the top. You start them off from seed as you would with any chilli and I put mine into an 8 inch pot as soon as possible where it is now growing in our conservatory.
The fruits started out green and then turned orange when they ripen. These are very attractive plants and lots of people use then to enhance their patios which is fine, but by doing that you will achieve about 50% of the crop you would get by growing them inside.
Orange wonder are only a moderately warm chilli - not hot enough to blow your mind!