I should probably wait until I have my first batch of chillies before blogging about them, but the COVID-19 lockdown (I hope you are all doing well during this time) is on, don’t have any work on, I’ve done everything that needs doing in the garden and house so I’m bored (don’t do xbox), so I will add to this over the weeks!
There are many opinions on the best way to grow chillies. Some people say to buy chilli seeds. Some are ok with extracting from them a kitchen chilli, and then either drying them for a day or two and then planting, some say to put them between wet kitchen paper and wait for them to germinate and then put them in soil.
I just went for it, extracted them and put them straight in the pot. I used 70% general potting compost, 20% garden soil and 10% fine sand. The pot is in a south facing window. While germinating, and for the first couple of weeks I had a plastic cover on them. I’m broke at the moment so can’t afford real propagator (plus everything is closed!) so used half a plastic bottle. With holes in the top.
Most of the seeds I sowed (is that the right word?!) germinated, so don’t limit how many you use, you can always dump/transfer if theres too many.
The header image is today, about 20 days in. I’ll add some pics of the new batch of ones I planted at the weekend once they germinate in a couple days as I forgot that on this batch!
I keep them well watered, spraying them a few times a day as the sun has been out a lot and the soil was drying out quickly, so I made sure the soil was always moist.
Since it was getting a little crowded, today I removed two of them to a second pot so I will add another photo in a week showing the progress of both pots, hopefully I didn’t damage too many roots.
Like most things I do I just jump straight in without any kind of research or preparation! The only thing I looked in to (just this second) about growing the chillies was how long to produce fruit and it varies from 60 to 120 days. I’d say I’m looking at long end of that but hoping by July I’ll have some I can pick. I’ll add to this as it all grows…
Since I started the seasons at least couple months late I didn’t top any of the plants at the first ‘Y stage’ and just let them to their thing. The window sill plants produced about 20 chillies about the same as the greenhouse ones, but the window sill ones were plagued with aphids and had my heart broke! There was some in the greenhouse but I guess they had more predators in there!