chilli progress

chillies_babies

Apologies for my absence, this week has seen a return to work and the inclement allotment weather continues. As I write this, there is a spittar splatter of rain across the window panes. The plot is most likely under puddle of water. This means that any growing is inside.

Above is an image of the experimental chillies and one of the superhots-serrano. Cayenne and California wonder have been amongst the casualties. Cayenne failed to germinate, and california wonder fell in germinating but not being able to exit its seed case. Dorset Naga and one choc habanero has done the same, and have both been resown, A little frustrating, but the slowness of these two germinating and then not getting any further should have been somewhat telling.

On a second window sill, orange habanero and tobasco are sitting still. I worry about the tobasco, some of its very tiny baby leaves snapped off as it was exiting its seed case. So that one will be somewhat touch and go as to whether it does actually survive. It may be that the leaves are two small to photosynthesise for the seedling.

You will note that the pots are still in foodbag cloches. A retaining security measure; if they get cold with a drop of temperature in any impending cold snap, they may well keel over. I would much rather they didn’t. In the heated prop, we are awaiting fire, scotch bonnet yellow and choco habanero.

 

4 thoughts on “chilli progress”

  1. I have had a limited success with chillies. They germinate, grow and flower but most of the flowers die before they become chillies.

    I did have one minor crop out of this batch of plants but am back to awaiting the next batch, should the flowers turn into anything.

    1. the dropping off might be a stress response. I had that happen with the purple rainbow chillies, they were not getting enough water and kept falling off. It was not pretty. The other thing, is that they require ‘tickling’ to set the fruit. Chillies can be very temperamental, I have found, if they do not have their whims catered to.

      1. Yes, I do forget to water…. On the other hand, I have found that in order to have hot chillies the plants need to be given water somewhat infrequently. So, I think I need to fine-tune my watering technique!

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