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Postby herbidacious » Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:46 pm

I sowed my chilli seeds on the 1st May and they are about 7 inches tall now and seem to be growing very sloly having germinated and shot up fast initially. I am not hopeful I will get fruit, but you never kno. I also sowed from aalst year's F1 hybrid fruit. I shall be starting earlier next year with fresh seed.

If it's just a couple, you might as well have a go. Do they have their true leaves yet? You have nothing to lose but a bit of time and a bit of compost.

I noticed Monty Don on GW says he alwasy grwos his inside. Mine are outside :? Not sure he's as far south as you or I though...?

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Postby PatsyMFagan » Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:54 pm

Yes, they do have true leaves . Yes, like Monty, I will probably keep them in the conservatory ;)

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Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:58 pm

herbidacious wrote:has anyone every used one of those metal soil testseres like this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01 ... UTF8&psc=1

I bought one a while back and finally got round to using it. Everything seems to have the same reading, including recently bought ericacious compost. Not sure if I have been sold dud compost or a dud tester, and not sure if I want to throw more money at it.

I don’t have one, but try measuring the pH of tap water and then add a drop (and I do mean just one drop) of vinegar to the mug of water and see if it shifts?
It will only work (if at all) on fairly damp compost so it won’t give an accurate result on a bag of compost (if that’s what you are doing), I suppose ideally do it the day after watering pots

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Postby scullion » Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:10 pm

i have a calico chilli plant on my kitchen windowsill. it's tiny and grown from seeds sown last year (and collected from a plant the year before).
as chillis are actually perennials you might as well keep it, nurture it through the winter and hope for fruit next year.
the fruits start purple and turn red when ripe - and yes, the leaves are very pretty.
our son is rather good at growing chillies - he starts them in january/february, in a propagator and with grow lights.
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Postby PatsyMFagan » Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:12 pm

Thanks Scully ... you have given me hope. Although I can remember how pretty the Calico was, I can't remember now why I also bought the Mulato seeds .. This would have been at the West Dean Chilli festival a couple of years ago.

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Postby Suffs » Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:32 pm

Mine are just beginning to flower. Unless you’ve got a heated greenhouse or conservatory I think you’re too late. Sorry. I sowed mine at the end of March and that was a bit late ...

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Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:31 pm

How, odd though I'd posted
I planted mu chillies indoors but without bottom eat in March, planted them out about 3 weeks ago during the hot weather
All plants are starting to flower, one Cayenn has a fruit about 1.5 com long
The 3 in together are Cayenne, the tall ones that are staked are jalapeno. Last year my outdoor chillies didn't really take off until July and I had a good harvest

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Postby PatsyMFagan » Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:46 pm

Suffs wrote:Mine are just beginning to flower. Unless you’ve got a heated greenhouse or conservatory I think you’re too late. Sorry. I sowed mine at the end of March and that was a bit late ...


Encouraged by Scully, mine are now potted on .. they will live in the conservatory and if necessary I can give them some bottom heat. I will just look on this as a challenge ;) :oops: :thumbsup

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Postby Suffs » Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:27 pm

Oh yes if you’ve got a conservatory you can keep them going. :D

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Postby karadekoolaid » Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:40 pm

Chiles love heat, so the hotter the atmosphere, the better.
They also thrive in a humid atmosphere. A conservatory (or a greenhouse) sounds like the perfect environment in the UK.

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Postby herbidacious » Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:56 am

Maybe I will bring some of my chillis back inside.

The aphid issue extends ot sindie though. I thought they might be better outside from this persepctive. But I have so many I can afford to experiment.

I tried to overwinter the parents of these plants but they died.

Some of my sweet pepper plants are flowering/fruiting:

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but they are looking a bit unhappy. Aphids again :(

Aubergine also afflicted, however I do have this:

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It's smaller than it looks in the photo. It's a plant that I bought. The ones I grew from seed are not growing much. I wonder if the ones I gave to my neighbours are doing any better.

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Postby herbidacious » Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:21 pm

I just spotted a fledgling Inca Berry. They don't usually fruit until August at the very earliest, I think. Interestingly, the fruiting plant is one of the two I had not go around to potting on until today.

They are in their second year, having overwintered them with fleecy jackets.They have grown back in a bushy form which is also more mangeable. Last year they were more like indeterminate tomatoes in form. Such support as they need this year is provided by last year's now dead but quite hard stalks which I didn't cut back.

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Postby PatsyMFagan » Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:48 pm

Now then all you gardening experts ... ever heard of Blue, Green or Gold Dicentra ? Daughter found these online (posted from Malta :? ) I only know of white or pink ones

Is it too late to sow the seeds do you think ?

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Postby herbidacious » Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:24 pm

I just looked it up. It says they are very slow to germinate and it's a bit hit and miss.

https://www.plantsofdistinction.co.uk/c ... ,53%C2%B0F)%20for%20germination.

Too later for this year, but a little too early, perhaps, for next year?

Someone else will hopefully have more experience of it.

Worth noting they need light to germinate.

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Postby PatsyMFagan » Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:56 pm

herbidacious wrote:I just looked it up. It says they are very slow to germinate and it's a bit hit and miss.

https://www.plantsofdistinction.co.uk/c ... ,53%C2%B0F)%20for%20germination.

Too later for this year, but a little too early, perhaps, for next year?

Someone else will hopefully have more experience of it.

Worth noting they need light to germinate.


thanks Herbi ... they can go in my little seed bank for next year then :thumbsup

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Postby herbidacious » Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:51 pm

They do suggest sowing in autumn.

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Postby herbidacious » Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:38 pm

Today I received a watercress plant (v small) and two small samphire plants. The downpour was timely!

I gather you can grow watercress by putting stalks in water from shop bought stuff....???!! Anyone tried it?

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Postby Suffs » Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:31 am

Yes ... it roots quickly. I grow water cress in a pot of damp compost standing in a deep saucer kept full of water, changed frequently.

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Postby Uschi » Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:39 am

At the moment we are spending many a happy evening hunting for weevils in the dark with a torch. Doh!

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Postby scullion » Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:00 am

you two sure know how to have a good time!

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