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Chillies 2021

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by JWK, Jan 4, 2021.

  1. FrancescaH

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    I'm hoping to do some jalapeño poppers, and also pickle some of our own. We eat them weekly and go through probably a small jar of pickles twice a month! So if I can make big jars we'll be golden for a long time.

    I overwintered one jala from last year, I've added 7 plants this year. I'll bring them in overwinter this year too. Hopefully in the new conservatory which is just off the kitchen so will be a great spot for growing indoors!
     
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    • Lovechillies

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      @Ademission ...no idea re your habanero size but just to say I am very impressed by your greenhouse!
       
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        Hi Lovechillies,
        I'm beginning to believe that I've picked up a bad set of seeds. The 3rd Habanero plant is very normal with big fruits. It was sourced differently from the problem chillies.

        The greenhouse is nice and it is very strong. I still have a few jobs to do on it before it's complete. I have to pipe-in the water butt's and silicon around the base to prevent water ingress and a few other small jobs. I like the fact that louvres and skylights are fully automatic and so the temperature inside is fully moderated. Anyway, thanks for your input.

        Best regards

        Ademission
         
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        • FrancescaH

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          Finally finished potting up all the chillies for their spot in the greenhouse. Now I just need to get them hooked up to the watering system. It gets very warm in that end of the greenhouse (it's just a low polytunnel really) which I think the chillis would actually love as long as I can keep the watering regular enough.
           
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          • Sirius

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            Harvested my first chillies yesterday! :yay:
            A few fruit of "Gusto Purple".
            Very exciting
             
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              Super ! I've harvested plenty of apache and super chillies ( none made it to red yet but i like using them at the green stage too ), some golden cayennes... but my aji and habaneros are slow to set fruit -- one lone habanero so far looking habanero-sized.
               
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                After the long hot spell, and at long last, I have a few chilis to harvest.

                1. Cayennes
                2. Basket of Fire
                3. Medussa
                4. Red Habanero

                The best looking of the above is the Habaneros in my opinion. Here are a few pictures...

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                Picture 1 - Red Habaneros

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                Picture 2 - Red Habanero

                Single Red Green Habanero 2000.jpg
                Picture 3 - Ripening Habanero

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                Picture 4 - Basket of Fire (various stages)

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                Picture 5 - Medussa (various stages)

                The Superhots are coming along but not ready yet. I'll post some pictures when they become available.

                Regards

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                • Sirius

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                  My chinense (super hot) types are about 45cm tall
                  But showing no signs of flowering. Do I just need to be more patient ?
                  Or anything I can do to speed things up ?:scratch:
                   
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                  Sounds like too much nitrogen is encouraging top growth. I would hold off feeding and watering to stress the plant and trigger flowering, then use a high potash feed.
                   
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                    @Sirius ... i don't grow super hots but for what it's worth even my "medium" chillies -- apache , super , golden cayenne --- are prolifically fruiting , but the weather (unheated) means they basically are still green -- not a single one ripened fully yet. The aji and habanero plants have suddenly decided to flower so hopefully some chillies will form! ( agree with @JWK that stressing the chillies may help, although 45cm doesn't seem exceptionally large to me )
                     
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                      Mine are acting weird this year. Some already produced fruit which they normally wouldn't give until the fall. Others that usually start earlier, are not getting flowers yet.

                      This year having a sprinter, a blister, and now another cool spell plus so many cloudy days is just reeking havoc on my chillies!
                       
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                        Its a mystery if it is summer or autumn here, we pretty much lurched from a cold spring to a hot week and now its like late sept .
                         
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                          Hello all,

                          Most of my chilis are about 1metre. I started them early. I've had ripe fruits from Cayenne, Basket of fire, Medussa. I've had some (not a lot) ripe fruits from Habanero also. I can see some super-hot pods growing green but not ready yet from 7 Pot Primo, Red Bhutla, Carolina Reaper, Butch Taylor and Trinidad Scorpion. Pods are developing on Black Pearl also but nowhere near ready. Sweet peppers are going well though not yet red. I've used just one big green pepper in my cooking. Bit of a mixed bag really overall.

                          I know that the super-hots generally take a bit longer to form fruit and ripen and hence the early start. The English climate is a bit borderline in ripening the super-hots.

                          I've stopped feeding general fertiliser and have now moved on to Tomorite to increase the potassium to get them to fruit.

                          I hope this helps anyone worried about their growing progress.

                          Regards

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                            I have used standard multi purpose compost.
                            Perhaps it is too rich ??
                             
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                            Annum types seem to be fruiting quite well for me too
                            But green, not coloured up yet either
                             
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