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2019 Chilli Growing thread

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Squid Vicious, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. DarrenM343

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    Mine seem to be drying out very quickly now even in 10" pots. Watering every 2 days but might have to water some daily. Being careful not to over water. They're indoors being glass. Might leave a few outside soon but they'd quite big now, getting on for 30" tall and not been hardened. It's pretty breezy where I live
    Lots of flowers are dropping off. Not sure atm if lack of pollination/over watering (?being careful) or being being inside behind south face glass.
    Lots of chillies now but all yet to start changing colour from green
     
  2. dl8860

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    Is it possible to overwatering if watering from trays underneath? Won't they stop sucking the water up if they don't want it?

    I'm watering mine once at day and feeding once every 4 or 5 days, about 2 foot tall
     
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  3. arknor

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    I do it like this guy but for my tomato plants I just drown them they are greedy as hell compared to peppers


    you should really get used to watering by how heavy the pots feel.

    sometimes I will totally submerge the pot and drown it then let it drain all the water to try and remove some of the salts that build up, but it will also remove any fertiliser too obviously and could wreck the PH levels

     
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  4. Semple

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    I've been pretty much watering mine daily. I actually use a spray bottle as it really gets the soil moist without using large amounts of water.

    Watering chillies seems to be a science. Some will say that if the soil is drying out then you're not watering enough. Others say to only water once a week.

    I'd be worried leaving mine unwatered for a week would just dry them out and kill them.

    So my routine is pretty much water daily, and feed every 10-14 days. The bigger ones have just started producing flowers.
     
  5. Daytrader

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    I water continuously, when using my quadgrows/chilligrows, always keep them full, after a month the roots are in water 24/7 in the tanks, you let compost dry out, your never ever get it properly wet again(for years i have always kept my chilli plants on the wetside, never had a problem, and always good crops), i was not going to do a chilli season this year, then decided to just grow non super hots, got a freezer full of hots from last year, i started late this year, did not even plant seeds to end of march, but dont matter really with mild chillis.
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  6. arknor

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    feel free to update the thread with pics. I'm always curious to see how other peoples plants are doing.

    I finally got a tiny tomato on one of my tomato plants lol.... my pepper plants I topped them a week ago and they responded very quickly to start bushing out, noticed a few buds appearing as well.

    I really need bigger pots and more compost but can't find any locally :/ 2 of my tomato plants are still in the seedling pots but like 15inches tall with flowers....
    rest of my tomatoes are in like 10litre pots and my pepper plants all in 7litre.
    guess its not the end of the world but I'd like to go bigger
     
  7. DarrenM343

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    I learned a lesson with tomatoes. They need to be supported. I thought mine would be okay as they're a dwarf variety but the fruits grew quite large on the stronger of the two plants. I noticed in the morning it was leaning and thought I'd sort it in the afternoon but by lunch time it had gone over and snapped. I've put the green toms in a box to see if they ripen. I've tidied up the break and put the plant outside now to see if it recovers but if I remember correctly it's growth will be stunted due to the main trunk being broken.

    Here's the weaker of the two plants that supported a few weeks ago. Luckily my parents had some old bamboo as I never had any and the garden centres were still closed.
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    Also have Reapers starting to ripen. Will have to look in the background. It's only a small one. In the foreground are some large bonnets.

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  8. Psycho Sonny

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    been spraying mine for 4-5 days now. i have aphids. seems to happen every year when we open the back door. no way would mine survive being outside.

    anyone got any tips for killing them as spray seems to have helped but still fresh ones every day.
     
  9. dl8860

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    Mine on the windowsill seem to have more aphids than outdoor ones. I think if you just keep removing the aphids physically then after a few days they stop coming back.

    Cayennes are fruiting nicely, habaneros are still taking a while but looking very healthy, got a few flowers open on them. I'm using bigtom feed every 5-7 days, is that too much?
     
  10. Armageus

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    Physically remove and then spray daily for 3-4 days with water/washing up liquid. Important to spray even if you can't see any

    Worked for me.
     
  11. RedvGreen

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    Try to collect some ladybirds and place them on the plants. They will dine like kings.
     
  12. Semple

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    How are yours going?

    Ever since you lot mentioned aphids/greenflies, i now seem to have an infestation.

    It doesn't seem to matter if they're indoors or outdoors in the greenhouse. The pesky critters still seem to be able to get on the plants.

    I've been spraying each plant religiously with soapy water (leaves both sides, stems, and any buds/flowers). I'm confident that i'm killing the pets off before they can do serious damage, but it seems like you go back 2 days later and still see more on the plant.
     
  13. Semple

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    Funnily enough, i did actually spot a ladybird on one of my plants. Tried to move her around to other leaves where there were aphids and she just wasn't interested - perhaps full up! :p
     
  14. Blackjack Davy

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    Get a few in there so they start breeding :p The larvae look like little black segmented bugs but love aphids so don't destroy them.
     
  15. Psycho Sonny

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    It's a relentless battle. I've been spraying for 2 weeks. My plants have suffered a lot of damage. Leaves and buds. I think it's prevented a lot of mine from being pollinated too.

    I've been spraying liberally several times per day and they are still surviving here and there.
     
  16. Semple

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    Hmm very annoying.

    Everything i search online always recommends spraying them with soapy water, so it's gotta work.
     
  17. Psycho Sonny

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    It is killing them. However I must be missing some somewhere. I don't know how. But they must multiply rapidly.
     
  18. arknor

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    if you want a more serious approach get some Diatomaceous earth food grade.

    just don't breath in the dust or get it in your eyes.
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/silicosis/
    nhs says it would take years of exposure but since your dealing with such a concentrated amount don't be stupid and risk breathing any in when you apply it.

    you can apply it wet and it will kill whatever touches it once its dry.
    or you could spray your plants with a mist of water outside and then dust them with it after to help it stick to the plants.

    it's not toxic to humans or animals, but if breathed in can obviously cause problems.

    pool grade is toxic to humans though!!!!!

    technically I guess if you wanted to be really cautious you could just brush it directly on to any affected areas of your plants, also you can sprinkle it on the compost and anything walking in it will die.

    it does nothing if its wet but once it dries out again it will cut them up and dehydrate them

    even cockroaches will die if they come in contact with it.

    it's basically a bag of these that looks like powder to the human eye
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    it won't harm your plants or the roots.


    personally I wouldn't touch it with my hands even if its safe.
    people spray it on fruit trees to kill catterpillars etc its totally safe just dont breathe it in and you can rinse it from your plants once the infestation is gone.


    I coated my pantry cupboard floor with a fine layer of it, kills any silver fish, beetles, spiders etc that find their way in there
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2020
  19. Semple

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    Will give it a couple more weeks and then give some other drastic measures a try.

    I was actually just reading up on aphids, and they sound like absolute ghastly things:
    Can understand now why you can come back the following day and see a few more over the plant.
     
  20. DarrenM343

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    Should count myself lucky. Only things I've noticed so far are a small hairy jumping type spider with a white mustach :) and a red blood sucker on the compost of one.
    I know a few who use Neem oil for pests.