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Chillies 2019

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by Loki, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. 2nd_bassoon

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    My chilli plants are thriving in terms of bushiness and lots of small fruits coming through, but they are all incredibly floppy, with most of them needing staking or other supports. Looking at everyone's photos on here that doesn't seem to be the norm - is there something I should/shouldn't have done? No greenhouse here so they're outside all the time now, in sheltered full sun.
     
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      @2nd_bassoon are your chillies in pots or in the ground? I have greater success with pot grown as long as it is at least 3 liters and I add lots of crushed up eggshells to their soil. Course I have different conditions most of the year but right now we're about the same, temperature wise.

      I think you're right to stake them. :)
       
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        I often stake my chillies, although they are growing in pots outside now. If they are carrying a weight of a crop, they can get buffeted in the wind. So I stake, and sometimes group the plants as well....
         
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          Some chillies do need staking, particularly if they're growing fast and don't have sufficient time to develop sturdy stems.

          We had a disaster with our Nagas a while back. They all got almost destroyed by greenfly. Early in the year they had some fly and we were wiping them off virtually every day (takes a lot of time with 50 plants :phew:). We went away for a week in early June and when we came back they were all solid with fly. The Shiney Hybrids weren't affected at all :scratch:.

          As we don't use artificial chemicals we washed them all and then tried a variety of home solutions on different batches. Garlic water, Neem oil, soapy water etc. and all of them got rid of the bugs but they all lost all of their leaves :doh:. Up until then they had been doing the best the Nagas had ever done :wallbanging:. So we ended up with a load of green sticks in pots!

          Mrs Shiney said she wasn't going to give up after having spent all this time, since January, looking after them. So she made up a mild solution of Rescue Remedy and watered them with it. They started to grow tiny new leaves within a few days and when we went away again on the 13th July each leaf was about half an inch long. We came back a week later and all the leaves were a good four inches long and looking very healthy - with no greenfly. :hapydancsmil: They're now quite sturdy with lots of leaf and just the hint of flowers. Sorry, no photos as our computer is kaput and we're waiting for a new one.

          The Hybrids are doing fantastically and we're picking and selling about 200 per week and have nearly sold out of the ones that are for sale. The Hybrid plants are also very handy as tips for any workmen that come to do things (such as our computer man and window cleaner) :heehee:
           
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            Thanks all, I shall continue to stake without concern then :)

            @CanadianLori they're in pots, though I was probably a bit late moving them up into their 3L final homes (poorly timed holiday!) so maybe that's why they're not quite as sturdy as I expected.
             
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              I am happy to report that I now have lovely peppers forming and pointing skyward in Canadian Shineyland. :) For those who don't know what I'm talking about, my Shineyland is my 6x4 greenhouse dedicated to chillies grown from seeds generously given to me by @shiney and they are an exclusive specialty hybrid cultivated by the Shineys. Sooo looking forward to harvest!
               
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                That's good news. :dbgrtmb: You'll be surprised at how quickly they'll develop. Some may start off with yellow fruit changing through orange and then red and others may develop purple stripes and eventually go red.

                You can eat them in the orange stage but they won't have quite so much oomph to them. Be careful when using them as an ingredient as they're pretty hot. :)
                 
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                  First things I'm going to make with them are bread and some jelly. Then when it's cranberry harvesting toime, I'll make a spicy cranberry sauce will be with these. I will need a name for it though. Perhaps MnH Gobbler's Revenge :)
                   
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                      Yes, one of them is loaded with yellow fingers pointing skyward and the others are packed with blossoms. Totally thrilled with all this! Thank you again @shiney for getting me started on these lovely chillies :love30:
                       
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                        I suppose that for some people it may be an outing but £25 seems a bit high to me. :noidea:
                         
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                          Repotted all the chillies today, I know I'm not going to get any fruit this year but one of the reapers has very tiny buds, the plants are no more than 4" or 5" tall should i remove any buds/flowers for this year when they are big enough or let them alone?20190811_172642.jpg20190811_171603.jpg
                           
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                            Reapers are generally tiny chillies. I wouldn't lose hope yet. I believe your last frost is much longer than mine so I'd wait and see. :fingers crossed:
                             
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                            Thanks I'll hang on for a while
                             
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