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Posted: 09/08/2017 at 15:16

What do Chilli plants need more, direct sunlight or heat in order to grow?

When I moved into my house the previous owner left his greenhouse. In spring and early summer the greenhouse gets plenty of sunlight. But in late summer and autumn it's more in shade, till late afternoon, due to the sun dropping in the sky and nearby neighbours trees.

Name of Chillies on GW and a few other qustions

Posted: 30/07/2017 at 16:08

I was ironing and didn't catch the name of the chillies that the chef on GW was growing, did anyone else?

Also, what is a good chilli for cooking with and adding to curries. For a curry, I like a little heat, but other than that I like ones that are milder and fruitier. Any recommendations?

Finally, if I take some pimiento de pardon chillies from the supermarket, can I use those seeds and get pimiento de pardons chilli plants for myself. Or am I best buying seeds from a good source. I know if I buy foxgloves, they cross pollinate and set seed they can change colour. Wondered if this can happen with veg/ salad/ fruit seeds in the supermarket.

Thanks, Tina


Posted: 27/07/2017 at 14:45

Has it ever had any flowers? Can you describe them if it has.

What was it that attracted you to pick up a random plant from the pavement and repot it every year. If no one can help identify it, then just enjoy that what you are nurturing.

Last edited: 27 July 2017 14:48:21

East facing border

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 22:06

Thank you for all your suggestions.I will look all those up.

I do love mauves, pale purples and white flowers. All those look greeat

Last edited: 26 July 2017 22:10:13

Will Crocosmia only flower in full sun?

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 19:46
Paul B3 says:

Hello Tina

On reading your Crocosmias situation in your garden , I would say not enough sunlight is the problem .

Facing East will receive morning sunshine , but they'll need more for flower developement ; this comes under the rather complex subject of photoperiodism .  Have you access to a SW facing border ?

Five years on they should be well established by now .

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The garden pretty much faces direct south. So it's S, E & W borders. I'm sure I could find it somewhere else. It's what I was starting to suspect. 

East facing border

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 19:38
Borderline says:

There are many plants that can be planted there. Do you know what kind of soil you have there? Also what is the size of the border.

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I think it's neutral to alkaline, definitely not acid. And silt soil. It is a long one metre deep border. I live in the north east of England. Get some cold winters, but over drier than the west.

Last edited: 26 July 2017 19:41:24

Will Crocosmia only flower in full sun?

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 19:00

About 5 years ago I planted some Crocosmia bulbs. Each year I get loads of foliage and nothing much else. One clump is now about 2 ft long of Babylon, and two smaller clumps of Emily Mackenzie. I know their flowering time is August, but if nothing much happens this year, I'm thinking of removing it.

Could it be it's not getting enough light? It is in an East facing border between two trees.

Or do these things take time when planting from bulbs. I do remember buying the bulbs from J Parkers. I do wonder if I got very immature bulbs or duds.

Thank Tina

East facing border

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 18:35

Like the title says, I've an east facing border. I understand, and observe, that east facing borders mainly get the morning light. Mine does till midday and then is shaded by the fence.

I'm after your recommendations for any flowering plants (seeds, bulbs, tubers, shrubs, or perennials) that do well in this aspect in the summer.

So, if it's doing well in your east facing border now, please let me know.

Thanks Tina

Chilli Focus and Formulex

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 20:45

Thanks for all the helpful comments. Since I have three jalapenos, three de cayenne, and four sweet peppers. I'll water some with the Chilli Focus and some with Tomato Feed. And keep a note of who gets what. My chillies are behind and I've nothing to lose. It's my learning year shall we say.

The Formulex I've got some other plants, a sickly looking wisteria, pelargoniums, summer garden tubs to see what that does to them and if any better than my usual blue plant feed.

Chilli Focus and Formulex

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 18:41
Pete8 says:

Not sure where you are Tina but in the s/east we've had mostly very warm, sunny weather since May which has helped a lot - until last week.
I'd be interested to know what you think of the products after you've been using them a while.

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I'm up in Gateshead, North East of England. Had good weather, some hot spells and then a couple of cool patches intermittent.

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