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Chilies 2022

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by JWK, Jan 1, 2022.

  1. Sirius

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    Last year was my first attempt at growing chillies
    Didn't really have much of a clue what would do well, so I got a mixed batch to see what would work.
    The one that did the best for me was a variety called Gusto Purple. But haven't seen this in any of the garden centres this season

    Some of the varieties that I have this year, I didn't last
    So not sure how they will do.
     
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      These chilli peppers look as though they are miniature ones. They are I think carolina reaper.
      The blob is a 20p marker for size. Does everyone’s look so small leaved. Should I prick them on to larger pots or leave for a while yet. Thanks V

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        VBGR,
        The pots they are in are big enough for the moment though you may wish to carefully split the pot that houses 2 plants before the roots start to tangle.
        Carolina Reaper like most Superhots (Chinense varieties) needs a long growing season and to be honest, we are a fair way into this year already. I'm not sure where you are growing these chilis but they would benefit from a very warm and light place to get them to catch up and fruit before the season ends. Are you growing in a greenhouse?

        Some of the more traditional varieties like Cayenne and Jalapeno are able to fruit quicker than the Superhots and so are easier to get good crops.

        Best Regards and good luck with the Reapers.

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          Thank you for your advice, I will split the pot of two chillies. They are still in the propagator with grow lights and I will leave them in there as they sound as they need to get a move on. If they are too late to get the fruit this year can I treat as a house plant and have an early crop next year. I’ve just bought a pot with one called chilli dynamite. It looks as though it was last years plant so I won’t be without. . V
           
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            I have overwintered chillies, they didn't do well. I had trouble with fungus gnats and then they lost their leaves. By the time they recovered my new seed sown plants had overtaken them. Start sowing in early January.

            Others might say different.
             
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              Think that is the best plan by the look of it. Soon be Christmas V
               
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                We used to overwinter some plants indoors as it was a more constant warm temperature and we didn't have fungus gnat problems as they were always watered from the bottom. A good idea if you do overwinter is to remove the top half inch of compost once a month and replace with fresh.

                They used to fruit all through the winter and looked very good as house plants. The down side was they got too big so took up too much room. We used to then prune them right back in April as they started to get tatty and our December sown ones were already flowering by then.

                I'll edit this later and post up some photos if I can find them.

                We haven't bothered overwintering for years!

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                One year some of them were pruned back in February and this was them in early May
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                That was the last time we bothered to overwinter. It was 14 years ago!
                 
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                  Is it possible to take cuttings from an over wintered plant to get a head start? Has anyone tried?
                   
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                    Not tried chilli cuttings but have tried sweet peppers, without success.

                    Not to say it's impossible, just no where near as easy as tomato cuttings.
                    They just don't root out from the stems in the same way.
                     
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                      I overwintered 4 chinense super hots.
                      1 died, but the other 3 are ok and doing well.
                      In autumn I cut them back heavily to the main stem and 2 or 3 side shoots.
                      Took them indoors, and barely watered.
                      In March, started watering heavily, repotted, and have recently put them in the greenhouse
                       
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                        Thank you all so much for the help and advice. Well I’m up for it and will certainly try for the largest chilli to be grown as much this year, but in autumn get it ready for overwintering with my house plants. Cheers, V
                         
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                          I've overwintered before with mixed results. It's worth a go imo if you have some space to spare and look up what types overwinter better.

                          I had a space where I dug up some perpetual spinach today so tried a locoto in its place. The ones I have left out in pots for most of april and may don't seem to mind the weather at all, they look healthy and are growing albeit very slowly. I also left out some spares of other types like jalapeno and they clearly do not like scottish spring weather, unsurprisingly. Getting yellow and looking rather sorry for them selves

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                            A few of my chillies seem to be forming buds already, even though they are still only a few cm tall. I have moved them into bigger pots.

                            Will they continue growing ?
                            Or become stunted ??
                             
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                            The usual method of growth is form flower bud then divide. And so on.

                            Typical of most members of the nightshade family Solanaceae.
                             
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                              Ok, so no harm done
                               
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