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    Default Chillis keep producing flowers not chillis

    Have my chillis had it for the year

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    Chillies have to flower before they can produce chilli peppers. If the flowers are dropping off it may be that they are not being pollinated (this happens to my indoor sweet peppers sometimes). They are very easy to pollinate by hand - simply stick a finger into each flower and give it a gentle rub. You will probably find your finger comes away covered in yellow pollen, that's fine, rub that into the next flower and so on. When the petals start to go brown you should see the small chilli forming behind them.
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    Plenty of time for chillies. I bring mine in at the end of September and have chillies ripening in December.
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    Oh I have been pulling flowers off I will keep them and see what happens
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    the flowers will form into the fruit! That's the case with all plants...

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    Last year I was pollinating indoor chillis with a cotton bud. This year I read that chillis are self pollinating and just give the plant a tap or a shake and have still had a very high pollination rate. A lot less hassle!

    Are your chillis from saved seed? I think I've read that hybrids may fail to set fruit. I've tried growing some saved seed from non isolated fruit this year and the fruit is setting, I'm intrigued what the chillis will be like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarragon2017 View Post
    Oh I have been pulling flowers off I will keep them and see what happens
    No chillies for you then. How did you think they made chillies?

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    Guess that was a 'doh' moment, Tarragon. But not to worry, they'll keep on producing flowers, so there's plenty of time yet.
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