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23/06/2013 at 14:22


I have a few chilliplants which i started fom seed, they are currently in 6" pots and about 2 foot tall, they have started flowering, but the flowers seem to open, then shrivel and die.

Do they need a bigger pot, more feed, manual polination or something completely different?

They are on a windowsil in doors.


23/06/2013 at 14:30

Hi Singy, are you not hand-pollinating them then?  Unless the flowers are pollinated, they will do this.  It's really easy - use a small soft brush and gently go around every open flower gently poking it into the centre.  Occasional spraying with a fine mist of water from a hand spray can help, too.

23/06/2013 at 14:31

Oh, i assumed they would be like tomatos (which i have not polinated myself) Will do as suggested.

23/06/2013 at 14:37

They can self-pollinate but depend on the wind (difficult to arrange indoors!)  Tapping the stem might work, but I've been using a little brush for years with excellent results, so I always recommend doing it this way.

23/06/2013 at 14:40

Just done it, hopefully that should stop them dying. Thank you!

23/06/2013 at 14:42

Good luck!   What varieties are you growing?

23/06/2013 at 14:47

Er is cayenne not the sub species?  if not then i have no idea, came in a suttons "grow your own" that was bought at the same time as my tomato's

23/06/2013 at 15:15

Cayenne is a variety. I grow them. Lovely and hot.

23/06/2013 at 16:20

Sorry - I missed the title of your thread - doh!

23/06/2013 at 16:21
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

Sorry - I missed the title of your thread - doh!

The question confused me! 

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