Last year I had my first ripe chillis after overwintering some that did not grow very quickly during the Summer. Naturally I thought I would do the same again this year and planted a couple of Heatwaves a bit later trying to repeat my success. (I also have some that I have planted early this season to see how they fare – they are three weeks old and growing well.)
As you can see from the photo, one of them is flowering already! This is about two months earlier than last year – I am a little worried it may be peaking too soon (although I have a dwarf chilli Prairie Fire that has been flowering but not fruiting all Winter).
So, what has gone wrong this time? Last year we put the chillis on the north facing, cooler (as we use the room for only minutes at a time), back bedroom windowsill. This year they are on the south-facing, much warmer front room windowsill.
It will be interesting to see if these work out well again this year.