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2018 Chilli Growing

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    My ‘Basque’ chillis are growing well, having been repotted a week ago. I’ll sow some more this weekend to keep on standby. Does anyone else successfully grow chillis in the open ground? If so, and you’ve got a few spare seeds, I’d be delighted to do a swap.

    The tomato project is also really interesting. I saved seed from some delicious tomatoes that we grew last year (big brown ones that grew from a plant we bought from a stall at the side of the road, which, having done some research, may have been ‘Black Prince’), but only half germinated. Perfectionist that I am, I sowed more seeds in the cells that failed, of which about half germinated. Did it again, and, of course, ALL the original seeds have now appeared too!

    So, if you are tempted to save tomato seed, be sure to give them the benefit of the doubt when sowing. And if anyone in the Milton Keynes area would like some extra tomato plants in three or four weeks’ time, just give me a shout! 

    LS

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    I'm now clearing last year's chillies.  Most chilli variety fruits have dried but one, Poblano, still has some fruit on them which is 'fresh'.  The soil is dry and all of the leaves are long dead but I've just cut into one of the side shoots and it looks alive.

    As an experiment to see if I can get a crop off the plants this year, what pruning or care should i give the plant?  

    (Just had another look and I'm not so sure about the Poblano but the Habenero stems and some side shoots are very green and appear to be alive).

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    On 3/22/2018 at 13:25, yod dropper said:

    I'm now clearing last year's chillies.  Most chilli variety fruits have dried but one, Poblano, still has some fruit on them which is 'fresh'.  The soil is dry and all of the leaves are long dead but I've just cut into one of the side shoots and it looks alive.

    As an experiment to see if I can get a crop off the plants this year, what pruning or care should i give the plant?  

    (Just had another look and I'm not so sure about the Poblano but the Habenero stems and some side shoots are very green and appear to be alive).

    No expert but i would give them plenty of time.

    Last season i think i took way too much off the overwintered ones at once so this year have been more conservative and it seems to have worked.They dont take much water and just give when they seem very dry.

     

     

    Havent had sun for near 2 weeks so seedlings just on the cill but still seem to be doing ok.

    The toms are stretching and have staked but im trench planting them anyway so should be fine but they are looking for some sun as are the chillies.

    Most chillies are fine but a few have just stalled very small so will probably weed them out.Couple of small bush varieties have arrived from eBay today so going to make another wee greenhouse on the kennel to keep these.

    The F1 Apache overwintered is dripping in fruit and flowers and have been eating although again slow to ripen with lack of sun.

     

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    With the rather shy sun, my toms are as long as yours. Chillis doing a bit too well, with flower buds forming already! They’ve grown rather too fast (although looking very healthy indeed), and I’m not sure I’ll be able to plant them out before they set fruit.

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    LS

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    7 hours ago, lord_seagrave said:

    With the rather shy sun, my toms are as long as yours. Chillis doing a bit too well, with flower buds forming already! They’ve grown rather too fast (although looking very healthy indeed), and I’m not sure I’ll be able to plant them out before they set fruit.

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    LS

    Some of my seedlings have just set first flowers which isnt good as will likely drop when put outside,going by last year.

    Seriously needing some sun though.

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    Chillis and toms going mental. At least another 6 weeks until they can go outside though.

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    I mean, be planted outside. Obviously they went outside for this picture.

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    4 hours ago, lord_seagrave said:

    Chillis and toms going mental. At least another 6 weeks until they can go outside though.

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    Looking very healthy.

    My Toms were put out into the greenhouse at the weekend,around a week earlier than last year.

    They are a fair bit hardier than the chillis but a decent frost would still impact them.

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    Toms and chillis in the greenhouse now and looking fine.

    Fair bit of sun through the day so obviously some heat although night temps are around 2 degrees outside.

    Thought the overwintered chilli might drop flowers with going outside but they are all fruiting and this years seedlings have fruit too with loads of flowers also.

     

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    Everything been in the greenhouse just shy of 3 weeks and looking way ahead of my usual for this time of year.

    Plenty of sun most days allowing things to heat up so will be helping lots and glad i seeded everything earlier as its giving the chillies plenty time and some of the seedlings are already well on with fruits.We are getting ripe ones off the overwintered which is a bonus for this early.

    Toms are strong and set trusses so hopefully they will fruit in plenty time too especially if we get a better summer.

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