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Orchid Lady

Hi Stacey, yes it was, they we re displaying all their jams, chutneys etc  Really nice guy, wish I lived nearer 

AndytheScientist

I;m trying Lemon  and Basque Red chilli's from Real seeds this year.. really looking forward to seeing just how they taste

They were sown early feb in a heated propagater and now live on a sunny window sill, plants coming along nicely about 4" tall now

KEF

Moved up for Elaine to read and ask questions.  

Stacey Docherty

Andy lemon is a fab one but I'm not familiar with the other one. Lemon can be quite a big plant to pot up big

scroggin

I've grown chillis for the last couple of years, the smaller 'windowsill' varieties such as Prairie Fire and Superchilli.

My question is does anyone nip out the growing tip on these varieties or just let them do their thing. I have just let them grow naturally but wondered if they appreciate nipping out.

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Stacey Docherty

Unless you are looking to overwinter I would suggest just letting them do their own thing. If you are keeping them on the window ledge then nipping out had its benefits of keeping them compact and bushy..... 

scroggin

Thanks Stacey, they grow nice and compact when left to their own devices so I wont meddle with them. I do overwinter them, normally I chop them down near the base and they shoot out from there, gives me a supply of chillies until the new years crop is ready

Stacey Docherty

Many chillies overwinter well but beware of white fly it seems to love chillies in the winter!!!

Stacey Docherty

I'm surprised super chilli is compact tho mine are usually quite large bushy plants when I have had them outside. I guess it depends on the size of the pots 

scroggin

Hi Stacey, it may not be the same variety, I grew mine from T&M seed, it probably gets to 12" high and same spread, I call that compact. Prairie Fire is smaller, both grow in 6" pots

Orchid Lady


 Do you think these Cherry Bombs should be put in bigger pots now? I bet I have about 50 

Stacey Docherty

No orchid leave them a bit longer .... They look fab mine now have 4 true leaves each....... they don't mind being a bit root bound it is hard to say but if they show signs of stress the. Yes transplant ( try not to touch the leaves at all cost) uproot them and let them fall over then gently lift via the stem/ roots 

Stacey Docherty

Don't know if anyone gets RHS magazine but interesting article about chillies and a trial they ran

scroggin

Read the article too, might have to visit Hyde Hall later in the year when they are having their Chilli Weekend.

 

Clarington

50?! Good lord Lady how many other chillies did you sprout?  I was wondering where I'd find space for my few if the summer was poor as it is!

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Stacey Docherty

Scroggin, don't know where you live but chilli fiesta at west dean in August is a MUST 

Orchid Lady

Lol Clari, I think I will need to find some more friends.....I might give one to my MIL  Being as doubting of my abilities as ever Clari, I sowed all the seeds Stacey sent me, expecting not even half to germinate!!

Thanks Stacey, I can't believe how much they have come on over the weekend while I have been away, they have obviously liked the sun being on them

Clarington

*Giggles* I don't think I have the space for all the seeds Stacey sent me - much less when they'd sprouted! Definitely going to have to get the greenhouse heated for next year so I can sew early enough in little batches and transfer them to the greenhouse once they've hardened off a little!

scroggin

Thanks for the heads up Stacey, I'm not too far from West Dean so will try and get there in August.

Stacey Docherty

scroggin it's a fab day out ....orchid now is the time to put them in the sunniest place possible the fruit will reward you for it no end.... I'm so glad they are growing better than expected.... Tea n square pots never fails!!!