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02/06/2012 at 10:33

Hi, could anyone advise why my chilli plant flowers are dropping off at stem.  I am new to this but guessing this is not supposed to happen.  Any help would be appreciated.

02/06/2012 at 11:17

Hi Helga, They are either not being pollinated or it may still be a bit too cool for them to set.  It isn't unusual at this time of the year.  You could try hand-pollinating, using a small, soft paintbrush, cotton-bud or similar.  Just go over your chili plant(s) and gently dab it in the centre of every open flower.

02/06/2012 at 12:11

Drooping at the stem !! Does the plant in general look like its drooping or a bit limp to look at, or does it look healthy ? because chilli flowers do tend to point downwards from the stem. If the weathers a bit cold they sometimes have a habit of going in a little sulk but snap out of it when it gets hot. Feed once a week with a tomato feed for good fruit.

02/06/2012 at 12:18

The tip that everbody threw at me last year was let them dry out between waterings and dont water after 4pm.

02/06/2012 at 12:19

Checkout the flowers in the following YT vid - I'm sure they're fine if the plant looks fine.

02/06/2012 at 12:40

Unpollinated flowers will drop off but usually dry and shrivel a bit first, I find. Are they drying at all? Or just dropping off?


02/06/2012 at 13:32

lol I've just read your post again, why I'm I reading drooping instead of dropping, doh !!

Yeah, probably need hand-pollinating Helga, if your not doing so already. 

Sorry about that

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