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Peppers and Chillies - how to get the best crop?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 16:00

Nice plants and fruits and good advice from many people on this thread

I grow a lot of chillies and often see people recommending Chilli Focus. I know there are plenty of positive reviews, although these reviews are usually only anecdotal. It's rare to see somebody say they fed half their plants chilli focus, half their plants tomato feed, then monitored the results. And if they did, most people don't grow enough plants to make any meaningful comparison when taking into account all the other factors.

Personally, I'd be interested to know more of the science behind the Chilli Focus formulation to justify the claims, as it's certainly not obvious from the formulations. I've done a comparison of the NPK+ formulations of Chilli Focus and several widely available tomato feeds, and Chilli Focus is typically 4 times the cost, and roughly half the concentration in terms of NPK+, so in effect it's roughly 8 times the cost. Obviously if you feel it is a better product, then it might be money well spent, but I'm not convinced.

Chilli growers often think their plants need more Magnesium, but Chili Focus doesn't even list the amount of Magnesium in it's formulation.

Of the commonly available tomato feeds, my personal suggestion is Westland Gro-Sure: NPK+ of 6-3-10 plus Magnesium and Seaweed. Magnesium at 0.02% is higher than other tomato feeds I've seen.

Often available at Wilko, £4.00 for 2L.

Anyone started saving seeds yet?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 15:18

Yes, seed saving has started

Calendula and also French Marigolds, as well as the first two varieties of rare tomatoes, with others to follow.

What's wrong with my beetroot

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 22:24

Far, far, too many slug pellets used there. I'm not completely against using them if really necessary, but in the right quantities, at the right time.

You could have used quarter of that amount of pellets and achieved the same result.

And dramatically reduced the risk of poisoning birds and hedgehogs.

Presumably you are hoping to eat the beetroot? Don't you want to minimise the slug pellet chemicals going in to your food?

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 16:59

Hi Victoria, I'd be interested in the tomato Supersweet 100

Will send a you a message.

Help Save The Hedgehogs

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 16:44

Brilliant thread, thanks mark56.

Saw no hedgehogs for probably more than 15 years, but have seen several in the last couple of years, and most memorably in my own garden for the first time.

Hopefully more people are also making their gardens wildlife friendly and the hedgies have a chance to increase in numbers again.

Sap or pest?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:09

I'm pretty sure it's a Corn Palm, aka Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana').

Natural predators

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 23:18

Limnanthes douglasii -Poached Egg Plant is thought to be particularly good at attracting hoverflies, one of the best predators for aphids.

Chili plants indoors

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 21:17

It's quite common to read about people hand pollinating with small brushes or cotton buds, but I don't really think it is necessary. Chillies easily self pollinate or cross pollinate with other plants, depending on growing circumstances.

If you think they need any extra help, just give the plant a gentle tap every day or two after flowers have started forming and that will usually be enough to stimulate movement of pollen and self pollination.

Free T&M Experimental Tomato seeds

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 12:27

I grew them and had poor germination and problems with the leaves not escaping the seed casing, others here reported something similar.

I believe they are now on sale as Mountain Magic F1, although if you emailed T&M they would probably confirm for sure.

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