Chillies again!

My husband bought a chilli plant last year and all was well until this summer when the fruit started turning black, they have not gone mushy and other wise seem quite alright . I do not know the variety of the chilli the are a bit like the size of bird's eye chillies.Has anyone any ideas please.


  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    Some chilli varieties ripen to what looks like black, finty. Try one and see what it's like. The plant is from last season? Was it overwintered?

  • Pic?? I have several black varieties... Black pearl, purple riot, black habenero and black cobra..... Could just be a black variety leave it it may turn red or stay black!!

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736

    Mine are the same, I just thoiught they were neglected

  • fintyfinty Posts: 27

    The chilli was bought last year and was in the kitchen nearly all winter but may have been put out in the spring but as I said it has been healthy enough in the summer. some of the fruit has gone from green to red but a lot of the others are turning black.My husband thought they had got some disease/virus and started taking them off and getting rid but then I read that they can grow black first but I don't know if it is certain varieties or all of them.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    finty, the only way to know is to try one. They're either a black variety or passing their use-by date. If the latter, they will be getting soft.

  • I just picked up some can't wait to plant image

  • Tim nice choice long growing period ......



    an example of black chillies.... These are purple riot...



  • I have found that if the flowers have purple in them then you will have black chillis that will turn reds. White flowers usually go green first....

  • fintyfinty Posts: 27

    I think he will leave well alone for now and see what happens , luckily nice chillies

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