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Thread: Hello! I'm a newbie and could do with some advice (chillis!!)

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    Hi Lottie01, and welcome from me also!

    Yeah! The shorter and stockier the better, as they are the one's putting down good root systems making for a "Sturdier" and stronger plant to carry the fruit, bare in mind if you are keeping them indoors to give em a gentle shake 2 to 3 times daily to aid in pollination! Treat em rough too, letting them dry out from time to time as this shock worries them to produce more fruit thinking their "Life cycle" is through!

    As for your "Coleus" I hope you enjoy, must admit I did grow them once and loved the amount of different colours n textures I got! But more of a Veg fan rather than flowers, but that's mainly down to a time constraints thing!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad"

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    Thanks Deano, i like the logic behind it that makes a lot of sense thank you. Thanks for the tips too, I was planning to get a little paint brush and move from flower to flower but if shaking works then that's less effort!
    I'd rather have veg too but in the very limited space I have I've really had to compromise so I've gone for pretty rather than useful! Im thinking the coleus will fill in some gaps around my herbs.
    Lettuce was a bad idea! It takes up too much room and it's really lacking in flavour anyway, I definitely won't bother again!

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    Hi Lottie and welcome!

    There are a lot of chilli fans on here, myself included. Sadly I can't give any advice on giving plants away as I can't do it! Could you keep some indoors on windowsills?
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    Oh and another thing I won't grow again is lobelia!! The most faffy thing I've ever dealt with! Ill be going to the garden centre next time and paying the few quid for a tray if i want it!
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    Hi vixylix and thanks
    The problem I have is such a tiny area to grow in I haven't got the room outside so they're in my French windows indoors, unfortunately the only other free window sill is my kitchen and that's north facing, I've got some there too but they're less than half the size of the ones in the south facing window. I really didn't appreciate my garden when I had it!

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    Please don't write off lettuce! a couple of "Little Gem's" grown in a small pot, don't take up a great deal of room and sown in succession over a period of time give great refreshing results!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad"

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    Hi Lottie, welcome to the Vine. Sounds like you might need this
    DMBC - Allotments
    Application form is at bottom of the page.

    Also, you might consider growing indoors under lights? My chillis are in a grow tent at the moment with LED lighting, they've got good fruit formed but will go out this coming week or next after hardening off- there's no reason why you can't do this all year round if you have the space inside though.

    There's a bit of stuff about it in this useful thread
    Chillies - growing and overwintering 2017

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