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Shriveled chilli leaves

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 11:47

Been growing chillies for about 10 years now, never seen that happen to any of mine that i recall. Is it a different type to the others near it?

Reason I ask is I've noticed over the last few years for example that Friar's Hat  attracts many more bugs, leaf attacks etc than other types like numex twilight and others I've grown. Weird, and don't know why.

Tomato leaves brown patches

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 15:25

Thanks, I'm trying that as these were up on a raised bench in pots away from the slats. Other tomato plants (touchwood, fingers crossed etc) seem ok and are on the floor in two quadro things so probably get more air around them. 

Major Sawfly larvae problem

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 15:15

Just to add to this I'm having issues with chilli plants in my greenhouse with similar symptoms - curled upper, young leaves sort of stuck together, then lots of little holes on other leaves. Luckily there are only a few but they are a pain nonetheless.

Last edited: 07 July 2016 15:16:11

Tomato leaves brown patches

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 15:11

Hi all,

As I imagine many are this year with the weird weather, I am having numerous issues with plants but muddling through.

However a couple of my tomato plants - Terenzo determinate type - have developed brownish soft patches which spread and make the leaves go limp, eventually the whole leaf being taken over.

I don't think it's blight as it doesn't look mouldy as such  - the patches are soft, with nothing corresponding under the leaf at first other than it appears flimsier in the same patches. Later it goes brown. Also it hasn't spread onto stalks or fruits. 

I moved one out of the greenhouse, cut off all the affected leaves and it appears to have stabilised. 

Could it be botrytis? I have auto vents and slats but temperatures and humidities are varying a lot with the very variable weather.



Growing chilies

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 08:20

I've been growing chillies for some years now, mostly in a greenhouse, and find they sometimes start off slow but once the weather warms up they burst into growth. Have overwintered a few indoors - a numex twilight which is fruiting again now after basically being more or less ignored all winter in the front room then had a good trim back and feed with chilli focus.

I try different varieties each year, and there is a big difference in size of plant/growth etc. For example Friars Hat grow tall - 3 or 4 foot easily in a medium size pot - whereas habanero types are a more compact grower and later fruiting.

Each year I have several that I leave as 2 plants in a pot - and this seems to make little difference in their growth. I'm quite conservative on pot sizes too as I find putting them in too big a pot seems to have a negative effect sometimes -  and use perlite/vermiculite in reasonable proportions to compost. I sometimes pollinate them with a small paintbrush - probably not needed but feels like you're helping

By no means an expert, but it seems to me you can't go too far wrong with chillies somewhere warm, sun, feed occasioanlly, leave them to be more dry than wet as Fleurisa said. They're very rewarding when you get  a pile of fruits and grind your own powder!


Newbie raised bed!

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 16:31

Just built one of my own, and went for a similar mix as Bob above says - about 2/3 topsoil, a bag of mp compost, a bag of manure and some compost from my own compost bin. Added in some chicken manure pellets, but I think you can use any good fertilizer depending what you want to grow - nitrogen richer for leafy/brassicas etc, more potassium for fruiting types I think is right.


Posted: 29/03/2014 at 10:47

Hi. I've found any pot around 6" or over will do really, depends how big you want the plants to get and what types - last year numex twilight types seemed happy to only get to around 2 foot tall, whereas my friar's hat and oruzco purple were much taller. I've even had good crops from more than one plant per pot when I didn't want to separate close seedlings.

chilli peppers

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:08

Seems a strange year for me with chillies - got some initial growth in heated propagator (cheap option and vitapod one)  then they have stagnated a bit. May have to do another batch in case they don't take.

In the last few years I've tried several varieties of chilli with two plants per pot - never seems to diminish the fruiting etc. Tend to be the same types, but might try mixtures this year. Anyone else tried this?


Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:00

Busybee2 - nice idea with the longer corner posts. I might copy that if I make another one!

Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 19:57

Heh many replies much the same 

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