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2019 Chilli Growing thread

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

  1. Squid Vicious

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 15, 2015

    Posts: 835

    I'd already moved the chilli's down to the second shelf as she'd already been showing a little to much interest in them - but the top was down and she must have jumped on, at which point it just folded and was partially pulled out from the wooden frame - enough for her to get inside and onto the top shelf allowing her to fish for the supposedly safe chillis on the middle shelf.


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  2. Mr Joshua

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,934

    The little rascal! We have a cat who looks for any mischief he can get into, guess I'll have to make something strong too :D.
     
  3. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 5,854

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    I really would love space for a greenhouse :(
     
  4. Pigeon_Killer

    Caporegime

    Joined: Nov 21, 2005

    Posts: 31,183

    Does anyone soak their seeds in tea or anything before planting them?

    Never tried growing anything before and I don't want to wreck them.
     
  5. Psycho Sonny

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jun 21, 2006

    Posts: 29,947

  6. Gaijin

    Don

    Joined: Feb 18, 2003

    Posts: 8,411

    Location: Brighton/West Wicklow

    That enclosure is awesome! Did you make or buy that?
     
  7. Squid Vicious

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 15, 2015

    Posts: 835

    Bought it off Amazon , I'd seen the brand in some local garden centres and had a look around at alternatives but that one seemed to be reasonably good quality and price.

    Easy to put together, pretty solid though obviously not built to resist slightly chubby cats jumping on it.

    Moved it outside when weather started warming up to start hardening the chillis off.

    Gave it a few coats of teak oil to help protect it and it's been outside over winter and seems to have withstood the elements well enough. It'll be coming back indoors when the new seedlings are big enough to come out of the propagator.

    Really shouldn't be that difficult to knock something together if you've got the skill, time, tools and materials though - sadly I'm lacking most of those :D
     
  8. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 5,854

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

  9. Gaijin

    Don

    Joined: Feb 18, 2003

    Posts: 8,411

    Location: Brighton/West Wicklow

    Thanks mate - that's really useful

    Likewise - will pop up Aldi on Sunday too - seems they release in ireland on the same day too.
     
  10. Street

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 17, 2005

    Posts: 7,214

    Location: Liverpool

    I might have to invest in one of those to keep the missus happy. She's not as keen on having the porch filled with chilli plants as I am and has been nagging me to get a green house.
     
  11. SHOTinTHEface86

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 25, 2010

    Posts: 261

    Location: Leeds

    5 days in and no sign of life yet, hopefully over the weekend get some good news
     
  12. psd99

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 7, 2008

    Posts: 4,629

    Looks like I am behind or ahead in some ways with the plants from last year

    it's going to be poor weather here in the next 10 days but I will try to water the old plants

    as for growing new ones, I'm going to need a bag or two of compost but just feels a bit early as I write this
    I like seeding when the weather is a bit better.
     
  13. Gaijin

    Don

    Joined: Feb 18, 2003

    Posts: 8,411

    Location: Brighton/West Wicklow

    Ha, same - was originally looking at the flimsy polythene enclosures, but I think it wouldn't pass madam's aesthetics test. And could get blown away.

    Current state of affairs as per a couple of days ago after pricking out:

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  14. Lytton

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 25, 2014

    Posts: 563

    I went full on this year. Built myself a grow cupboard using some old bits of kitchen cabinet and IKEA billy bookcase + bubblewrap and reflective radiator sheeting. I also got a mega 200W CFL bulb which gives off some serious heat.

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    Also acquired heated propagators for additional win:

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    Current seed list:

    Biquino red (C. chinense)
    Biquino yellow (C. chinense)
    Demon red (C. annuum)
    Lemon drop (C. baccatum)
    Purple flash (C. annuum)
    Cumari Alongado white flower pheno (Now in its third year) (C. praetermissum)
    Purple flowered baccatum (C. baccatum)
    CGN 22084 (C. chacoense)
    Tepin x Lemon drop F5 (C. annuum x C. baccatum)
    CAP 1141 ( C. praetermissum)
    Jalapeno Rocky F1 (C. annuum)

    Sweet pepper seeds planted (All C. annuum):

    Mini red
    Mohawk
    Snack box mix

    Sorry for all the pics
     
  15. SHOTinTHEface86

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 25, 2010

    Posts: 261

    Location: Leeds

    First signs of life, 1 of each so far hopefully the rest follow in next couple of days
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  16. Street

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 17, 2005

    Posts: 7,214

    Location: Liverpool

    My habaneros still aren't growing at all. I've had 5 out of 6 Basket of Fire, 3 out of 6 Reapers but 0 out of 10 Habaneros! I'm hoping I'm just being impatient but they have been in a fair while now.
     
  17. SHOTinTHEface86

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 25, 2010

    Posts: 261

    Location: Leeds

    Had another 5 appeared this morning and moved the propagator to one of the sunny windowsills to keep them happy until i can re-pot them
     
  18. Moonpie2

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 23, 2002

    Posts: 2,641

    Location: Shiny Shanghai

    No idea what my little forest is made of.
    They're seeds bought online that are supposed to produce turquoise chillis.
    (Not sure I believe that)

    I usually sow seeds nice and carefully and in neat rows and good spacing, but after a couple of weeks of doing that and having no germination, I just threw the entire packet of seeds into the soil and said 'have at it' :D

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  19. Mark A

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 19, 2005

    Posts: 17,543

    Location: Lancashire

    I'll be interested to see how they turn out. I don't think I have ever come across turquoise chillies before.

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    Mine are doing pretty good after the few days of freak sun we got. I have them sat under my desk lamp, which is just a 4000k 13w led bulb, so not the ideal colour temp, but they seem to be doing ok. I always have this lamp on anyway, so thought I might as well put the chillies under it while there is no sun.

    I had a thought about a way to stop fungus gnats using insect mesh inside the pots before adding the compost, then adding some on top of the compost before adding a layer of sand or perlite. Would that work? I have never seen it mentioned before, so not sure if its a stupid idea or not, but I might give it a try as I have tried everything else and get an infestation every year without fail.
     
  20. mikedigitales

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 7, 2012

    Posts: 764

    Location: UK

    I've always just popped a decent layer of alpine grit on top of the compost to stop the gnats - I've been told it can be tricky to find, but it's normally available in one of the garden centres near me.