THE CHILLIES THREAD 2018

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        Wait on a minute ive not finished with last years yet :biggrin:, I guess they will be no good now.
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          They'll be fine.

          Pick all the chillies off half of them and then prune those plants back. I'd pot them up individually and then keep them warm and near the light. Don't over water them, just don't let them dry out. Keep an eye out for whitefly and fungus gnats. If you have fungus gnats then change the top half inch of compost and only water the plants from the bottom. :blue thumb:

          the other half you can leave and see how long they will continue producing.
           
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              Thank you S, ill be growing something different this year I will salvage what I can and put the rest on the compost heap, my friends wife's thai and will love them, far too hot for me :yikes:
               
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                I cut back my chilli plants last November and they've started growing again with flowers, i keep them in a unheated conservatory. I don't water them too much.
                 
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                  If anyone would like to try growing chillies from my 'stock' variety, or wants to do a swap, P.M. me your address. It's a long, medium-to-hot green type, turning red in late summer. Easy to de-seed, chop, dry or turn into chilli jelly. Originally from Bali.:)
                   
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                    When are folks sowing theirs? I’m thinking mid February. Mine will be started in the propagater, in the greenhouse. I only need a couple of plants, so I plan to leave them in there after potting up. The big issue though as always is lack of light, a real pain...
                     
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                      We sowed some yesterday, on damp kitchen paper, in a seed sprouter in the kitchen. When they're big enough we shall transplant them into small pots and bring them on indoors in a warm spot by the window. Then, when they're ready they'll go into 3" pots and into the propagator in the greenhouse - minimum 70F. Potting on from there will depend on growth but some will remain in the propagator until late and others will be in the greenhouse for most of the season. Naga chillies need more babying and more heat than the Shiney Hybrids.
                       
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                        Last weekend in January is the start of my seed sowing season, I sow my Chillies and Sweetpeas .
                        The chillies go into the airing cupboard where it reaches 30°c for 5 to 7 days , until they just show , then out into the light and a heated prop. Sweet peas do fine in a cool room.
                         
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                          Sown my chillies last week in heated propagator, sweet peas are in conservatory sown October
                           
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                            I'd be a little concerned as they don't need much in the way of dampness for germination. So I'd be inclined to try and let it dry out a bit. If possible, take the lid off the germinator and just let it stand in a warm place so that the extra moisture can evaporate a bit.

                            All the seeds you have sown are the types that are slow to germinate, anyway.

                            I never soak my seeds before putting in the germinator but some do.
                             
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                              I started growing Chilies about 6 years ago , Cherry Bomb was my first as advised on a Chili site. I was also advised to soak my seeds overnight in luke warm tea. So I always do this and get pretty good germination rates, the contribution from the tea soak is up for debate . One aspect of soaking seeds is most sink but sometimes one or two float. These could be non viable seeds (?), but this is another subject with lots of opinions - if anybody can find the thread on this from quite a few years back :scratch:
                               
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                                I'll grow a few plants as always but not enthusiastic about it this year, even with stressing the plants I don't get many hot fruits. I think it's the greenhouse location, not enough all day sun.
                                 
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