How to ensure your bhut jolokia plant produces fruit
Not since I sweated buckets over the initial germination of my jolokia seeds have I been so concerned as to the plants success. So far they have exceeded all expectations and despite the cold wind and rain England has suffered every month since the seeds were sown in January they have grown into very healthy plants.
All has gone to plan as I write, (famous last words) granted a period of prolonged sunshine wouldn’t go amiss and by that I mean more than four hours in any given week but still they continue to grow. It’s not all doom and gloom, when the sun shines the temperature in my greenhouse can reach 38 degrees centigrade/ 98 farenheit so the plants respond accordingly.
I am now at the stage where the plants have begun to produce flowers and these need a helping hand if they are to germinate and produce fruit. I have deliberately grown all of the other varieties of chilli in a seperate polytunnel to avoid cross contamination which is easily done if there is a bee or two around.
All that is needed is a fine paintbrush and a pot of lukewarm water, dip the brush in the water and then gently brush the inside of the flowers, go from first flower to last and back again so that the first flower is pollinated. I shall repeat this every couple of days until I see a sign of fruit. In the meantime I shall leave a window open to attract the bees before closing it mid-afternoon to keep the heat in. The plants will continue to be dampened down with a fine spray of warm water to encourage more flowering heads….