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Help with chilli plant growing

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 02:31

Out of interest, can you think of anything else that I haven't considered which would help it to grow faster?

Help with chilli plant growing

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 02:29

great advice, I will cut back on the watering. So it will continue to grow taller even when it's producing flowers and fruit? - I really didn't expect that.


Thank you

Help with chilli plant growing

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 00:08

Thank you everyone for your help. So much useful information!

I wasn't sure about the potassium content ideal for chilli growing so I selected the lowest N:P ratio, which I read somewhere else was very important for this type of plant. Thank you for explaining the reasoning, Italophile, I like to understand what it is for. The original plan was to go for a tomato fertilizer, but then I saw this one had the lower N:P ratio than the tomato one available in the shop.

I've added the fertilizer now. I mixed ~12 ml into ~500 ml of water and am slowly giving it a bit every day or so with its usual watering.

I have 2 more questions: -

  1. It says on other sites that this variety of chilli (Apache) is a dwarf variety that grows up to 60 cm tall. Mine is currently ~17 cm and has started producing flowers (although still closed and quite small) and hasn't really grown much for a week or two now. Will it continue to grow whilst flowering or does it usually stop there and just become thicker? I have noticed that almost all of the (20 ish) plants have really slowed down in growth and a lot of them have open flowers now.
  2. I see black marks at every point where the branches meet the stem. This is also on most of the other plants. Can anyone tell me what causes this?

Thank you again.


Help with chilli plant growing

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 03:12

Thanks Lalat, I read the page you linked. I've done most of the things it has suggested (I used small rocks instead of polystyrene).

They suggest using 1 or 2 pinches of plant food every week. I still need to know how I can do this with the plant feed I have: the instructions suggest diluting it in 4.5l of water, but if I were to add this once each week I'd kill the plant. Should I instead add it in its concentrated form, or would this be worse?


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Help with chilli plant growing

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 17:23

I'm ~3 weeks into a chilli plant growing competition that ends in mid/late July. I've never grown a plant like this before and I could really use some advice. Here's my plant about 1 week ago: -


There are 3 goals here: 1. Tallest plant, 2. Highest yield, 3. Hottest chilli.

I have a few questions: -

  1. How often should I be watering it to maximize it's height? I realize I should later reduce the watering to increase the hotness of the chillis.
  2. Is there any truth to the following rumour I keep hearing: "Pruning the smaller leaves focuses more of the plant's resources on growth, producing a few larger leaves which are more energy efficient" - I really don't want to do this, surely there would be a strong evolutionary bias against growing small leaves if they are less efficient? However the biggest 2-3 plants have all done this.
  3. If I mainly leave it indoors is it smart to build a small greenhouse around it? Should this have holes in? The temperature indoors can vary quite a bit.
  4. I have bought the following: how should I apply this? The instructions are terrible, they aren't really made for a single plant in a single pot. The concentration it suggests is 50 ml diluted in 4.5 l and then applied once each week (to three plants!), this can't be right? Should I calculate the final concentration, dilute down and space it out over the week with the regular watering? - this could waste a lot of time.
  5. Can you give me any other advice.

I'm sorry this isn't very clear, I'm in a rush at the moment.


Thank you.

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