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Talkback: Sowing seeds - chillies and sweet peppers

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 10:54

Catching up on some very old posts:

greenthumbs - no, your peppers that look like chillies are peppers. If there has been cross-pollination, the results of the cross wouldn't appear until you saved seed from the crossed fruit and planted it next year.

flungmonkey - yes, you can plant toms and chillies together.

justbegining - no, you don't need to remove the side shoots of chillies. They don't develop anything like the amount of foliage that toms do.

sonia1 - you grow peppers exactly as you do toms. Start them at the same time - in fact, if possible, start them earlier than toms. Like chillies, they can take longer to germinate and develop than toms do. So it's too late this year. The plants won't grow to the same size as, say, an indeterminate tomato plant. Mine usually grow to about 4' so you still need a decent size pot.

One curly sad tomato....

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 07:41

Curse this Edit function failure! One more thing - if it's possible, probably a good idea to isolate this plant from the others till we get to the bottom of things.

One curly sad tomato....

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 07:26

Dang! The Edit function still isn't working. Try for a couple of photos, wider of the whole plant, closer of some of the detail.

Planting details - where, how, the mix, and how you've been caring for it would help, too.

One curly sad tomato....

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 07:23

A photo would be great. Posting photos isn't hard. Take one, load it onto your computer, click on the Insert Image or Photo button (third from right in the menu above the posting box), click Upload, then Save as prompted.


One curly sad tomato....

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 07:14

Any chance of a photo? How is it twisted? Distorted? Shrivelled? The plant itself or just the leaves? Any more info would be useful.


Posted: 12/06/2012 at 08:03

You can swat them away but they'll return. You can hang sticky traps - like old-fashioned fly paper - nearby and it will deal with a number of of them. You can spray with something like pyrethrum but, again, they will be back. They're one of the most dificult pests to eradicate. The only upside really is that they don't do a lot of damage unless they're in serious numbers.

unwanted ivy

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 09:40

That's why I paint on the stuff rather than spray it. Much more precise, no risk of collateral damage.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 08:09

Passion fruit is tropical/sub-tropical and needs seriously warm weather and full sun to prosper. What sort of temps are you getting?

unwanted ivy

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 08:04

How big is it and where is it growing? I had a very mature mass of the stuff to clear. The roots were huge, the growth immediately above the roots about 3" across. It was also growing against various dry stone walls, meaning it had rooted itself in the walls as it spread.

You have to attack the roots. I found each and every root in the ground, cut all the growth just above root level, scraped the roots in several spots to expose raw wood, and painted on Round-Up (at the specified dosage). It can take a couple of weeks, with another application if need be, but that takes care of the roots. It's a matter of finding all the roots.

Then, in my case, it was a matter of stripping it from the wall, sometimes levering it clear with a small crowbar, pulling it out where it had rooted itself, using Round-Up where I couldn't extract the roots.

If yours isn't growing against and into a wall, life will be easier.



Posted: 11/06/2012 at 06:14

Yes, in containers in particular, but even in the ground they will wilt on a hot day regardless of how much moisture there is in the compost. They usually perk up again when things cool down.

If it isn't a temperature issue it could be various other things. How old are the plants and where are they?


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