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

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    Lottie01 is offline Germinator
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    Default Hello! I'm a newbie and could do with some advice (chillis!!)

    Hello!
    I've just signed up on here and I'm not really sure where to start so this seemed like a good place!

    My new project is growing as much as I can in the tiniest space imaginable! I've gone from having a lovely big garden with a greenhouse to a double French window with railings outside I didn't think I'd miss the garden as much as I have so I'm now crowding in whatever I can in hanging pots and one long container perched between the doors and railings!! Im actually having more fun than ever being innovative and creative with the space!

    My main project is my chillis and I need a bit of help but can't seem to find the information I need anywhere...if anyone has any info they'd be willing to share (or can signpost me) on how to select the strongest plants then it'd be appreciated! They're indoors in my French windows and I've been lucky to have every seed germinate and grow, I have Hungarian hot wax, habenero and fire cracker. My problem is space! I have 8 in my bedroom doing really well and 'my 8 backups' in the kitchen window that haven't had as much sun and no fertiliser...I've been a bit cruel to these guys but wasn't sure how the main guys would get on so kept them just incase I needed to bring them on a bit. I need to rehome some of my main guys and don't want to give the best away!
    My question is do I keep the tallest? The ones with the most leaves that are a few cm shorter? The ones with the thickest stems? Basically what qualities are going to make the best full grown chilli plants? I'm going to be really bummed if I give the rest away and they turn out better than the ones I keep!

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    burnie is online now Cropper
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    Firstly welcome and secondly, no idea, I'm new to chillie growing, but someone will be along to help.

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    damian1225 is online now Sprouter
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    I grow chillies but I am no expert, I always judge a plant on thickness and foliage.. if its got lots of nice healthy looking green leaves and a thick trunk then thats the one I usually keep if there is a choice, just because its a couple of inches taller doesnt really make any difference (imo)
    I'm sure its all down to personal preference but thats what i do.

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    Thanks for replying guys! & that does help, I was thinking I'd probably keep the shorter but stockier plants myself, they look a bit more sturdy and bushy.
    I've just got attached to them all especially with them doing so well. Even keeping three is going to crowd my windows!!
    They could just do with a few sunny days now to give them a spurt!

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    Hi Lottie01 and welcome to the forum. I don't grow chillies either but the short and stocky rather than tall and leggy sounds like the way to go. I can relate to short and stocky myself
    Look on the bright side

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    Thanks for the welcomes
    Well I think that's the way to go with the chillis anyway! I'm going to miss the others when I finally bring myself to give them away
    veggiechicken there is nothing wrong with short and stocky, I'm a little height impaired myself...although hopefully not referred to as stocky

    My next quest is to figure out when I can finally plant out my coleus, again I have far too many and theyre clogging up my window! im not sure they're going to appreciate the wind being four floors up outside anyway but I'm going to give them a go!
    veggiechicken and Jungle Jane like this.

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    damian1225 is online now Sprouter
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    if you live in Hereford I will take the excess chillies and give them a good home lol

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    If I did you'd be welcome to them! I'm actually in Dudley (not originally so I don't have the proper accent )
    Everyone I've offered them too doesn't seem that interested and I can see them being dead in a few weeks!!

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