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Thai Varieties & Gardening in Spain PDF Print E-mail

Q:  Hi Dave,

I live in southern Spain and started growing a variety of chile plants outdoors.  The plants from last year are still growing and have plenty of chiles growing.  Should I remove all the fruit and cut the present plants back during the winter, or should I go ahead and plant new varieties for the coming season?  We don’t get any frost down here but the overnight temperature goes down to about 5 degrees C, so I have moved many of last year’s plants into an unheated greenhouse.  I am off to Thailand in a few weeks—is there any variety I should look for?  I have been planting Scotch bonnet and some Malaysian varieties which have been great.

Kind regards,



A:  Hello John:

Yes, you should remove the fruit and prune the plants back.  They should sprout nicely in the spring.  In Thailand, try to find prik kee nu, a very small and hot chile, and prik chee fa, a larger and milder variety.


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