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Old 11-05-2017, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Portsmouth, UK/Swanage, UK
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My parents for the first time ever this year had started growing chilies near the central south coast of England. I thought that chilies would not be accustomed to the British climate, and there for the fruit would not grow, at least easily. To my surprise, they started to grow in the summer. Overall, the summer had been fairly rubbish, lots of rain, cooler and cloudier than normal, except for parts of June where temps reached close to 35C (95F), and parts of July had some warm weather to. So the fact they grew in a bad summer is crazy to me in itself! But as time went on, there was still ripe chilies on the plant through September, October, and even in late (close to November) October! Is this just a one off? Is are garden sheltered, (north facing but fair size)? Or is Southern England just slightly warm enough for Chilies to look healthy through summers and much of Autumn, even in late October?
Cause now, the plants are inside and the chilies have all been used up in Curries and Chili based meals.
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Old Today, 10:56 AM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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Harvest period is July to October apparently, so that is normal.
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Old Today, 11:05 AM
 
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Chilies love hot weather but are often pretty tolerant of cooler conditions. They take as long as they take to be ready to pick -- I'm in dank, chilly Michigan and my co-worker is still bringing in peppers from her garden. I myself find them too unpredictable to want to grow them. This is just another example!
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