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Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:15

I just read an article Over wintering peppers about over wintering peppers.

tthe coldest temperature where I am during the nighttime in January would be about 5c with an average of about 7-10c

ive been wondering about caring for my peppers and was thinking to make some cloches for them out of PET bottles.

i can bring my planters indoors out of the worst of the wind and rain but my dear lady wife will object if they're indoors from the beginning of December to the end of Feb.

Would placing them on a heat mat be enough?

thoughts most welcome

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Posted: 04/09/2013 at 12:31

Wise words, I may go for an early and a late setting. Before this year I last visited Japan in November 2010. Then we were having temps of 20-25 during the day and still 10-15 at night.

i have some habanero on the go now and can observe how they grow into this autumn, have to say though they are proper shooting up at the moment. I don't know if they'll set any fruit this year, at the speed they're growing I'm hoping so

 In the UK I was a garden potterer! But here I have the opportunity to do much more so I expect a sharp learning curve. I also expect some success and a few disasters!

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Posted: 04/09/2013 at 07:25

Well, this summer it has been (and remember I've only been here about 5 weeks) very hot daily. Over 35c daily and lots of strong sun. Only drops to 28c at night.

however, the last couple of days it's been cooler due to a typhoon coming through. It's 25 today and cloudy which is the coolest it's been since we arrived. 

There are lots of insects so we don't have to worry about that. Some areas even eat them, I've tried grasshopper and water flea lava so far.

Great advice keep it coming

Many thanks

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Posted: 04/09/2013 at 03:20

At the moment I am planning on growing a variety of habanero chillies as I already have a client who wants to buy them. They run a Mexican restaurant and can only source Jalapeño locally. I am going to try one or two super hot ones as the client wants them for challenge dishes. For example if you can eat the Bhut Jolokia chilli con carnie you get it free.

i will be using a heated propogator to germinate seeds indoors. Spring comes quick in Japan and is as hot as a UK summer in early April so I want to be ready to plant out by then.

following the above advice I may not bother about cross pollination as I can easily source more pure seed online.

There is a guy locally who has lots of permanent poly tunnels on his farm, depending on my success (or lack of!) next year I may approach him to use a bit of space.

I may try bagging some flowers. If bagged do I have to pollinate them myself Or will they self pollinate?

great advice, thank you very much

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Posted: 03/09/2013 at 00:33


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Posted: 03/09/2013 at 00:26

Thank you for that, it's exactly why I joined this forum.

in Japan in July when it was 35c + during the day and 28c at night and because I had lots of seed I germinated some orange habanero. FRom ten seeds eight germinated within days. Four weeks later they are healthy little plants.

i know it's a little later but I was only testing the water.

i have a good collection of seeds of different varieties all sourced from DEFRA suppliers.

come spring I'm going to germinate in February and plant out in April having read your advice.

whats the best way to prevent cross pollination  with multiple varieties?

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Posted: 02/09/2013 at 14:04

1st - I recently emigrated, my wife and kids are Japanese citizens 

2nd - a bit, studying hard at the Japanese language proficiency test.


I don't know her? I joined the forum a while ago but only came active today.

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Posted: 02/09/2013 at 13:24

The standard green/red bell peppers are (called ???????????? - pman) in Japanese. But not habaneros and so on. I've not come across any in this area.

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Posted: 02/09/2013 at 11:45

Anyone interested in growing hot chillies? I live on a small farm in Japan and am considering growing a variety of chillies for the local market. The climate I understand is ideal with long hot summers of plus 30c. 

I have zero experience in farming. Chillies are simply something that interests me and don't seem to be grown locally.


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