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Dorset Naga Growing Challenge


Dorset Naga chilli plant

Nigel when he was 6 months old

In 2013 we grew "Nigel", a rather large Dorset Naga plant!

Just 10.5 months after we sowed the seed, Nigel was 8ft high and almost as wide, and had 2,407 red chillies on him.

(For more details about Nigel click here; for YouTube click here.)

Can you do better?

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How many chillies can YOU get off one Dorset Naga plant?

This is a competition for chilli growers.

Compete against other growers, but also find your personal best

This year we challenge all chilli growers – from dedicated chillheads to chilli grower beginners – to see who can harvest the most red chillies off one Dorset Naga plant. The Dorset Naga Challenge tests chilli growers' skills like no other competition. A single Dorset Naga chilli plant is capable of producing a couple of thousand chillies in a single growing season. But it is not easy to get such results, and depends on the skill of the grower and probably a little bit of luck.

The winner – i.e. the person who harvests the most red chilies off their plant – will be given a £20 voucher to use on our website. If you want to have a go let us know, but don't worry about making a commitment, this is just so that we can keep you informed of any developments. The competition is just for fun and among friends, so if you put your name down but change your mind later that's fine; alternatively its ok if you grow your Dorset Naga plant, take your harvest(s) then let me know.

Anyone can enter: amateur or professional, serious hobbyist or someone who just dabbles in growing chillies. So see what you can do and give it a go!

Anyone taking part should keep documentary evidence, e.g. photos, records of all the fruit they pick (only red fruit count). The final harvest must be done on 11th November. Results should be sent to us during the following week. Send your results and documentary evidence to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The Rules

  • The plant grown MUST be a genuine Dorset Naga plant. If you didn't get the seed from us you will have to tell us where it came from, and convince us it really is Dorset Naga. There are a lot of fakes around and many people selling seed without permission, if you buy from these people your entry is invalid.
  • The plant can be grown from seed or a plug plant.
  • Any growing method can be used, i.e. it can be grown hydroponically, in a pot or in the ground.
  • Only red chillies count. They can be picked at any time, but every harvest must be recorded or they won't count. Last harvest date is 11th November 2019.
  • The plant must be under one year old on the last harvest date of 11th November.

This competition is based on trust. Keep records, take photos, do a video.

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