CHILLIES 2020

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    What sort of pot is best for "adult" chilli plants? For the last couple of years I've just re-used typical 2-3L plastic pots, but they won't fit on the narrow windowsills in the new house. Would chillis be happy in tall narrow longtom style pots?
     
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    The plants will be OK but the results will depend on how much soil they have for their roots and what varieties you have. If you have ones that usually grow large then bigger pots are best. Otherwise you will get a smaller crop.
     
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      Hi (new forum poster!)

      I'm a bit concerned about some small white deposits on the centre of my chilli plants!
      I've no idea what it is, they don't move, and I've just been washing them off with water!

      It's on all 7 of them, not sure what to do :scratch:
       

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      Welcome to GC :dbgrtmb:

      continue doing exactly what you are doing. They're aphids :hate-shocked:. Check them every day and rub or wash the aphids off. Also check underneath the leaves. They're more likely to be just on the younger leaves. As the plant gets bigger you will have less problem - as long as you check them regularly.

      Chilli plants can be rather sensitive so I wouldn't advocate using bug spray.

      Good luck. :)
       
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        I bought some Chili plants although I admit i cheated and bought them from a garden centre, so they are already established although without chillies.

        We current have them outside on the balcony, they get sunlight for a few hours of the day. Is this OK? Any hints and tips would be great?

        I have Scotch Bonnet and Zimbabwan Black varieties.
         

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        They look quite healthy but need as much light as possible and, preferably, no cold nights. So if there are any cold nights you should bring them in.

        Don't feed them until the first fruits have started to form :blue thumb:
         
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          Thanks. What would you feed them with?

          And when you say cold, what kidn of temp do you mean as the temp does drop at night (of course)
           
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          They'll be safe at the temperatures this time of year but it tends to slow down their growth a little. :noidea:

          Tomato feed or plant food is sufficient. Just a little, once a week, once they have the hint of a fruit showing. The fruit replaces the flower. :)
           
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            We've ended up with quite a successful load of chillies this year - probably too many in fact! Between those and a ton of tomato plants, we could be heading for some fun to preserve stuff....
             
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              Or some fantastic pasta sauces.
               
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                We need to pot these chillies on now:

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                But to get to them, we will need to move the tomato jungle.... (cucumbers are wanting canes as well!)

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                The tomatillos seem to be doing OK, just need feeding up.

                The outdoor tomato jungle I referred to as well:

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                  They certainly look as though they need potting on but check to see if the roots are coming out the bottom. They do tend to perform better with some restriction on their growth but roots out the bottom are a sign of needing potting on.

                  What variety are they?
                   
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                    I honestly can't remember @shiney - Basket of Fire springs to mind as does Jalapeno, and a couple of others. This is why I need plant labels, because my memory is terrible
                     
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                      I have an in house Mrs Shiney for remembering plant names. I'm forgetting them more and more often - I think :heehee:.
                       
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