Indeed it is that time and I have also been considering for the last 2 weeks, which plants to grow this year (in 12" high pots, on a south facing windowsill, behind double glazing), if only I had a greenhouse, or a poly tunnel, or couple of acres...
I have my regular 'go to' favourites (Pictured below), which I have bought in places such as supermarkets, DIY stores and garden centres.
When I am deciding which to grow, it is about what do I intend to use them for, what am I cooking, how many do I want, what heat factor and what will the wife find most pleasing to look at - I still have not decided, I have a week or two more before it gets too late I think.
- The 'Paper Lantern' are hot-ish and defintely should not be harvested until the skin begins to shrivel, plants last 8 months.
- The 'Pinocchio's Nose' never get chance to ripen to red and I can eat them fresh from the plant, plants will last 12 months but even with feeding, fruit will reduce in size.
- The Patio 'Super Chilli' are abundant, quite hot once red and colourful for in the window (brownie points), plants will last 12-14 months.
- I have never had any luck with the Fresno but I have grown the Red Cherry. Very slow growers (2 crops per season), very low yield with 7-8 fruit at a time (usually have to grow 3-4 plants at once, takes up the whole window, no brownie points) but they are hot and when sliced fresh from the plant, they will stain anything, gloves are strongly suggested. With a little care, replanting in fresh soil during the winter and feeding during the rest of the year, I have grown these plants for 2-3 years (definitely no brownie points).
Hopefully will give some suggestions.