Chillies 2021

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  1. Sirius

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    I suspect this could be an issue too.
    Only started with a few annum types in early May
    And the super hots arrived from the supplier in mid June.

    Next year I will get started earlier if I can
     
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      The rubbish weather hasn't helped
       
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        That sounds ok to me, I wondered if you were feeding them with a general purpose soluble product like Miraclegro.

        I am growing just one variety, Tabasco. I have a few plants in different places and the one in my small heavily shaded greenhouse is doing the best. They always do well in there even though it is poor soil and a cucumber plant is growing alongside too close. I have picked one ripe so far, but it is packed with fruit.

        The other plants are getting more sun in my other 2 greenhouses and are a bit behind.

        I have lots of sweet pepper plants which are much earlier than the chillies, I started picking a few weeks ago. All these are in the greenhouse soil borders too.

        I only feed them all when they start flowering.
         
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          I sowed my chillies and peppers in January, they do need a early start.
           
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            No, I have been using tomato feed
             
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            Was thinking of sowing seeds next year.
            But tbh I only want one, maybe 2 plants of each variety.

            How early do the garden centres get their chilli plants in ??
             
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            Hello all,

            Just finished making Hot Sauce . Two batches, Cayenne (1.5 bottles) followed by Habanero (4.5 bottles). Still waiting for superhots to be ready. I used a new recipe and I must say the flavour is nice. I've included photo of bottles below :-

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            I need to make some labels to avoid confusion so that's my next job. Has anyone else made sauces yet? It would be interesting to swap recipes.

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              Hi all,

              Just an update. Labels now made ready for bottles.

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              Now I've got to stick them on.

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                Hello All,

                In a previous message I said I would post some pictures of the Superhots as they start to ripen. Also I harvested some more Cayennes. The early Superhots in the pictures below are much smaller than normal but the ones still on the plants that are still green will be much bigger (they are already).

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                Picture 1: Cayenne peppers

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                Picture 2: Red Bhutlah

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                Picture 3: 7 Pot Primo (Yellow)

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                Picture 4: Carolina Reaper

                I have enough Cayennes for another batch of hot sauce especially if I add 1 sweet red pepper. Perhaps I could mix the Superhots and then also add a sweet pepper to get another bottle of weapons grade sauce!

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                Stay safe.

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                  I grow all mine in MPC and, like @JWK , then feed with tomato food only once the flowers form. They get fed just a light feed once a week.

                  As with others, they're not ripening as quickly as normal. They're certainly prolific but I restrict their growth by keeping them in small pots. I would guess that the plants are no more than a foot high but completely smothered in fruit.

                  I do them that way because they take up less room and a lot of people that buy them from me buy them as ornamentals and house plants.

                  The Nagas that I grow for the Asian community are grown to full height.

                  I must take a photo or two but can't take any of the Nagas as they have all gone to their new homes :)

                  @CanadianLori how have your ShineyHybrids done this year?
                   
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                    Hello shiney,

                    I'd like to see some photos of your chilis. Interesting that you grow full height Nagas for the Asian community. I believe that Naga means Serpent or something similar and originate in Bangladesh (correct me if I'm wrong). What specific Naga variety do you grow?
                    Like you, I feed Tomorite when the flowers start to grow to encourage fruit. I water every other day unless it's very hot and then each day. Since I got my new greenhouse, I've started using Water Butt water to keep the pH a bit lower. It's a bit slower but if it helps with fruit growth it will be worthwhile. I have a few chilis in smaller pots (8") but mainly the ornametal ones (Black Pearl, Purple Flash, Medussa and Basket of Fire). The rest are in 12" pots and have grown quite large. Anyway here are a few photos: -

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                    Picture 1 - Basket of fire

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                    Picture 2 - Medussa

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                    Picture 3 - Black Pearl

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                    Picture 4 - Purple Flash

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                    Picture 5 - Various chilis in 12" pots

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                    Picture 6 - Other chilis in larger pots

                    All of the chilis seem to have grown big in the last few weeks.

                    I apologise for the length of my messages.

                    Don't forget the pictures.

                    Best regards

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                      @Ademission We grow Naga Morich which is supposed to be the original (not crossbred) extremely hot chilli. They are thought to have originated in a few areas of NE India but the Bangladeshi ones are normally the favourite. Nagaland is an Indian state next to Bangladesh but not thought to be the origin.

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                      We crossbred our own hybrids many years ago and neither of us can remember which chillies we used :doh:


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                      And when we sometimes train them as ornamentals

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                        Hello shiney,

                        Wow! They look fantastic. Interested to know what type of chili you are using in the ornamental photos. It looks like Basket of Fire but I believe the chili shape is a little too triangular (when compared with mine). The Superhots look to be well developed when compared with mine. I haven't grown Naga Morich but I have one plant that is showing growth similar to the Nagas and its a 7 Pot Primo but my others are a bit behind.

                        Can I ask, if you are running a Garden Centre or Shop of some sort as you mention "selling" in your messages?

                        Do you make any sauces from any of your chilis?

                        Best regards

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                        Hi @Ademission The Nagas look advanced because they are not from this year although the photos were taken in August. We didn't grow Nagas this year as we didn't know whether the restaurants that buy most of them would be open.

                        The ornamentals are from a previous year but are the same as the ones in the other pictures. So those are the ones we can't remember which two varieties we crossed for them. I know I have some photos somewhere of one of the original varieties. I'll have to try and remember where they are on the computer - and remember that I'm supposed to look for them :old: :heehee:

                        No, we don't run a shop or Garden Centre. :) We open our garden for charity once a year and sell plants then and also people order plants from us and pop in all year round for them. We had to cancel both last year and this year because of Covid. We used to open on Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May each year, all day Saturday and then Sunday afternoon and had about 500 people turn up (we've been doing it for most of this century :rolleyespink:).

                        Apart from our plant sale we had non-stop entertainment, tea/coffee, cakes cream teas, book stall, craft stalls, therapists doing massage (legs/back/heads etc. and reflexology) and a few other things.

                        It was a good time for GC members to have a meet up and we normally had about 20 turn up.

                        Last year, despite not being open, we ended up raising nearly £5,000 with plant sales and donations. :thumbsup:

                        There's a thread here on GC for each of the years the members came and this was 2017

                        I think photos start around page 12

                        Special Invite To Forum Members - 2017

                        The entertainment was always good - singers (different styles), dancers (Flamenco, belly dancers etc.), ukulele bands - and this was a short video Roders took of some young professional singers that had been coming for a few years

                         
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                          This is one of the parents of our ShineyHybrids but can't remember the other. The photos were taken on a November day. We picked the plant because it was prolific, started flowering in May and continued producing fruit until late March. It was in its third year.

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