In this post you will find images of the two Poblano chili plants that I have been growing this season. Poblano chili is a variety of the species Capsicum Annuum. The chili fruit, is not that pungent (1.000 – 1500 Scoville) and when dried it’s called ancho or chili ancho. As will become clear from the images below the pod grow quite big and is beautifully green. The skin of the chilies are quite thick. This makes them ideal for stuffing, for instance.
Growing Poblano Chilies Indoors
This season (2017) I am growing 7 different chili varietes (Poblano, Christmas Crown, Jalapeño Giant, Apocalypse Scorpion Chocolate, Reaper Chocolate, and one unknown). The first Poblano plant started blooming very early (April, if I remember it correctly) and got one HUGE fruit very early. I let it bloom and now have 6-7 quite big chili pods. In the first image, however, you will see the first pod growing on my second Poblano plant. If you are interested in how I grow my chilies see this post.
I think the largest pod yet was from my first plant. It is the one you can see in the beginning of the post and it got like 12 cm (~6 inches) tall. In the image below you can see the one I measured just before I picked it. A note, the absolutely first one I let turn red. It seems like these peppers turn red if you don’t pick them when they’re green.
I grew both chili plants in containers. I only had 5 litre containers at home. Growing chili in so small pots are not optimal. I did not, however, dare to move the to Poblano chili plants to bigger because they had started blooming.
It seems like they plants grew quite well anyway. I did use a liquid fertilizer which I added to the water. The last couple of months I actually put the fertilizer in the water every time I watered my chili plants.
The pods are growing quite big on this chili variety. I had to tie strings to the roof or else the branches could have broken. The plan is now to dry the pods on low heat in the owen so it becomes ancho chili. If I get alot of anchos, I may make some ancho chili powder. If you have any suggestion on what to do with the peppers, please let me know.