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Chilli Starfish

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This Brazilian Chilli is a member of the Baccatum group of Chillies. They grow quite tall and produce very unusually shaped fruit, which have a sweet, fruity flavour and a medium to hot heat 6/10. They are heavy cropping and have a fabulous flavour. Fruits look flattened, thus resembled a starfish. A lovely chilli to cook with, especially in stews and tagines.

As with all Chilli plants they love the heat, after all they are subtropical. This is especially true when they are young. All Chilli starter plants should be grown on the windowsill or a greenhouse until they are established and the weather is warm.
    Chilli Starfish

    About the Chilli Starfish

    Care Instructions

    Plant in moist, but well drained soil. A standard multipurpose compost is best, we find they prefer it to expensive ones. Keep them watered, but not too wet. Once fruit appears, spray at least 2 inches of water per week.

    Position, sunlight and more

    Chillies definitely prefer full sun and a sheltered position. A sunny windowsill is ideal, don't let soil dry out. 20 degrees is a good heat for them.

    Height and Spread

    Starfish grow to 90cm or more and spread the same.

    Feeding, Pruning & more

    Feeding - A high potassium liquid fertiliser weekly, once flowering.
    Pruning - Pinch out shoot tips, to encourage side shoots.
    Propagation - Chillies are best grown from seeds, you can collect your own seeds from the fruit, however some varieties may not come true to form.

    Our pot & plant size explained

    At Newlands Nursery we grow and sell plants in a variety of different sizes, from small starter plants up to planted containers. 

    We know it can be tricky to picture the size of each plant. This page gives you an idea of the size of the plants we are sending out.

    Please keep in mind that plants vary from one season to the next. The size of the plant refers to the pot or plug it is grown in, rather than the height of the plant, unless specifically mentioned on the plant page. 

    Picture of plug plant size

    Starter Plant (Plug Plant)

    Plug Size: 2cm by 4cm. Our most popular size. This is often the most economical way of buying plants and is a great way to get a head start on the season. Generally this size is best to be potted up before planting out.

    Picture of Jumbo plug plant

    Jumbo Plug

    Plug Size: 6cm by 7cm. A fantastic alternative to a 9cm pot and saves on plastic too. The plants in this size are well established and give you a head start. This size is perfect for planting straight into containers and baskets as well as the garden.

    Picture of 9cm pot

    9cm pot

    Pot size: 9cm by 9-10cm. This size hold some well established plants, some of which maybe around 1 year old. We sell most of our ranges in this size and most of the plants sold in this size, are established enough to be planted straight outside.

    Picture of 13cm or 1 litre pot

    13cm or 1 litre pot

    Pot size: 12-13cm by 12-15cm Currently our largest size of plant, with the exception of our planted containers. Many of our House Plants are available in this size, as well as some special collections and varieties.

    • Flowering time and interest

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