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can i top my chillie and pepper plants?

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 08:39

Do you want to keep them a manageable height under the lights? The problem with restricting non-bush variety plants is that you also restrict your potential crop.

Pepper problem

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 08:32

It looks like a fungal problem. How do the leaves look?

Tomato problems!!

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 08:12

pete, if you can't upload a photo you'll have to be a bit more specific. The leaves wither and die? How many? Right across the plant or mainly lower leaves? Are there are any other leaf symptoms before they wither and die?

Keep up the good work, Verdun. 


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 15:00

She could try. Chillies are like toms, technically perennials but grown as annuals. Overwintered with a lot of warmth and light they would produce next season but it's hardly worth the cost or trouble. Cheaper and easier to start again next season. 


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 12:34

Good idea. If you grow from seed, start early because chillies take longer to germinate than tomatoes and longer to develop to planting out stage. Otherwise, if you start with seedlings, they need as much light and warmth as possible and don't overfeed or overwater.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 10:56

They're past seedling stage but only just. First one looks desperately in need of sunlight. Second one looks healthy. 

Give them as much sunlight and warmth as you can. Pot them up into something with a bit more room if they develop. Whether you'll get fruit between now and the end of the season is problematic.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 10:51

Stay away from the plum varieties - Roma, San Marzano, etc - to avoid thick skins. Unless you're intending to make sauce, in which case the thicker skins are an advantage.

Sounds from Buddyboy's experience that it's not variety-related. Never grown those varieties so I wouldn't know. In addition to his suggestions, overfertilising can also cause thicker skins.


Tomatoes Disease - Large Brown Marks - Help please

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:45

Betty, very difficult to tell without a photo. As Buddyboy asked, is there any sign of trouble with the plant stems? 

One thing I'd say is that feeding every two days is way too much. Not a good idea to keep the mix permanently damp either. Most diseases will manifest on leaves as well as fruit, some on stems as well as leaves and fruit. If you don't have those sorts of associated symptoms, it could be a case of overdosing with food and water.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:23

My strawbs are in containers on the terrace and I don't have any trouble profiting from runners. Put a container with mix in it next to the mother plants, pin the runners into the mix in the new containers, cut free when appropriate, transplant to their new home when appropriate.


Posted: 03/08/2014 at 21:56

NG, Shirley is a hybrid variety. Hybrids are bred to produce the same tomato season after season. More likely that there are cultural factors - temperatures, etc.

Tootles - yes, excessive moisture is one of the major causes of splitting. You see it a lot after periods of intense rain. The extra moisture causes the fruit to swell and the skins can't handle the expansion.

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