Bushy and neat, Black Olive chilli is perfect for pots as well as the annual garden bed. The small, pointed leaves are dark midnight-purple, with an occasional flash of bright emerald green just to keep things interesting.
They stand up to heat, humidity, and even drought beautifully, refusing to green out or wilt even in blistering hot summers. From mid Summer through Autumn, they are topped by bright purple flowers, followed by clusters of small chilli pods that begin green, then turn black and finally mature to crimson red.
These chilli pods appear all along the stems, creating a stunning vision as they ripen against the dark leaves. They are edible, but be warned -- the pods are HOT!
Black Olive won the 2012 Flowering Plant Award from All-America Selections. It's easy to grow, very beautiful, and so versatile.
Heat - Hot
5 seeds per packet
CHILLI GERMINATION ADVICE
Spring is the best time to plant your seeds.
It is important to keep the seed medium moist during the germination period. Misting with a spray bottle is better to use rather than pouring water over them. Seed germination time can take between 3 to 5 weeks.
When the seedlings have at least two sets of leaves (or more) you can transplant them into larger pots or into the ground where you intend to fully grow them. If you have 3-4 seedlings in one pot, separate them gently before planting out. Keep them in the shade, out of full sun, for some days after they have been transplanted.
Don’t use fertiliser until your seedlings have grown considerably as it may burn and harm them. Chillies need fertiliser approx. once a month (in pots approx. once a fortnight). Rooster Booster, a slow releasing fertiliser, or Seasol are great, but you can also use a fertiliser labelled for fruits and vegetables. Be aware that too much fertiliser can burn plant roots.
Watering: Take care that your chillies do not dry out; give them a drink of water every day if the weather is very hot, particularly in very warm dry regions.