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  • Originally posted by muckdiva View Post
    My Apache chilli plant has been looking ok over the winter but about 10 days ago all the leaves started shrivelling and I think it’s died. It was living near the patio door (ground level) quite near a heater which gets switched off at night. Am wondering if it was the temp fluctuation? I did water it a little but not much. Seems such a shame it made it this far just to expire now . Let me have your tips for next year’s overwintering please, chilli gurus.
    Last year one of my overwinters made it all the way through to about February or March, put on a bit of new growth, then suddenly collapsed and died for no reason I could ascertain. (No pests in the soil.) A previous year I tried to overwinter some plants in the garage and, although they dropped their leaves, the stems stayed mostly green. Come spring I upped the watering slightly expecting them to produce new growth but they never did and eventually the green stems went brown. This time one of my overwinters died off in autumn (but it was affected by fungus gnats.) It's just a bit hit and miss.

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    • Originally posted by Pigmyhippo View Post
      Great to see all the different chilli types people have sown, definitely going to pinch a few for next year (subject to reviews given )

      From the 80 seeds I originally sowed, and after getting rid of the weakest seedlings (about 15 so far) I've now got the following plants;

      Fatalii Aji Fantasy - 3
      Fatalii Cayenne - 5
      Montufar (PL 585273 - 2
      Turbo Pube - 2
      Carolina Reaper - 3
      Jalapeno Jalafuego - 4
      Jalapeno Mammoth - 4
      7 Pod Yellow - 2
      Moruga Scorpion Chocolate (seeds from UK Chilli) - 3
      Moruga Chocolate (Seeds from Fatalii) - 4
      7 Pot Chocolate Douglah - 1
      Red Habanero - 1
      7 Pod Congo SR Gigantic - 1
      Paper Lantern - 1
      Lemon Drop - 3
      Basket of Fire - 2 - Going to try these in 2 hanging baskets in a sunny spot at the front of the house
      Ancho Poblano - 3
      Cayenne (Seeds from UK Chilli) - 2
      Birds Eye Baby - 4 - The best 2 will be kept and grown as house plants.
      Aji Cristal - 2
      Scotch Bonnet - 3

      So excluding the hanging basket and indoor plants that leaves me with 49 Plants and 23 spaces in my greenhouse beds to put them haha! I will let my dad have his pick from them and then will be giving a lot away to residents on the estate through the facebook page.

      Any that I can't get rid of will be looked after till final frost date has passed and then will have to either thrive or die outdoors in pots. I guess their success will be down to the weather.
      Nearly all my plants will be going outside for the summer although I'm hoping to have the use of my neighbour's tiny greenhouse again which will take 7 or 8 plants. 23 spaces in the greenhouse sounds like a big greenhouse to me.

      You have a wonderful selection of varieties there; should cover every requirement and a few more besides. I hope you have a very productive summer.

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      • I’ve still got two Apache chillies in an unheated space on a windowsill going,only watered twice over the winter,but a Hungarian Hot Wax is finished. I think that the mild winter,followed by cold nights now is what finished it off for me MD
        I’ve got some scotch bonnet,cayenne and sweet pepper seedlings coming along. My list is not as long,but I can be in awe of yours PMH
        My plants will be going out too like Mitzi
        The sweet pepper leaves of one seedling is pointing upwards,any ideas why?too cold on the windowsill?
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        • Originally posted by Mitzi View Post
          Last year one of my overwinters made it all the way through to about February or March, put on a bit of new growth, then suddenly collapsed and died for no reason I could ascertain. (No pests in the soil.) A previous year I tried to overwinter some plants in the garage and, although they dropped their leaves, the stems stayed mostly green. Come spring I upped the watering slightly expecting them to produce new growth but they never did and eventually the green stems went brown. This time one of my overwinters died off in autumn (but it was affected by fungus gnats.) It's just a bit hit and miss.
          Thanks Mitzi, that makes me feel reassured that it’s not just me
          All at once I hear your voice
          And time just slips away
          Bonnie Raitt

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          • So finally got round to working out what Iím actually growing this year

            After a bit of potting up and moving around it turns out Iíve got 26 varieties & 68 plants.
            Quite restrained for me this year. A little disappointing if Iím honest, but I really must remember Iím going to be a little busy this year.

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            • How are everyone's chillies getting on? I got good germination of my choc and orange habanero,, cayenne and scotch bonnets in the propogator. all now in wee pots on the windowsill. Some growing a big slowly as usual but healthy. When do.people start feeding or adding chicken manure pellets to the pots? Assuming still a bit early?

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              • I don’t start feeding till I start hardening them off. I just find it easier to do it when they’re in the tunnel, not all tightly packed onto a window sill. But I do pot them on so there’s enough nutrients in the new compost. I don’t put chicken manure pellets in pots until I’m putting them into there final pots.

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                • Really helpful thanks.

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                  • Iím doing crazy stuff again

                    Iím running out of space in Area 51. So Iíve put some chillies into the tunnel already!
                    They are on a heat mat and get tuck up at night with fleece :rolleyes. Fingers crossed they do ok. But I have a good few of each variety inside as well.
                    Last edited by Small pumpkin; 25-03-2020, 08:41 PM.

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                    • Iíve got a survivor !!!
                      Iíve overwintered a chilli ! Itís not one of the ones I actually tried (half heartedly) to overwinter. Iím not sure if itís pumpkin or giant white habanero. Hopefully the hab. Iím quite impressed with the little fella itís been in the tunnel all winter with no pampering of any sort.

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                      • I haven't posted in this thread for a while! I've seriously cut down the amount of chillies I'm growing this year and also only growing small plants.
                        Very chuffed with my Tri Colour Variegata. Self saved seeds from a few years back.
                        Looking very variegated
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                        • Can anyone tell me whether it is safe to leave my chilli seedlings in the unseated greenhouse at night with the temp going down to 2 degrees? Exhausted carrying them in each evening.

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                          • Definitely not! I don't put mine out until mid May.
                            SP puts hers out in a poly...maybe with a cloche. But it is risky.


                            # just to add that several of my flowers got frosted several nights ago/with a covering. We are having a really cold snap. If it's cold for just an hour or so it isn't too bad but the temps are low for most of the night which is what I find either slows them up or kills them off.
                            Last edited by Scarlet; 30-03-2020, 03:25 PM.

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                            • As Scarlet said. Donít put your chillies in an unheated greenhouse.
                              Yes Iíve put some of mine in the polytunnel. But Iím completely mad and itís not advisable to do the same as me...........................ever!

                              My chillies are on a heat mat (a lot sharing so not getting much heat). Also get covered with fleece every night. With that Iíve still had to resuscitate one that had got very cold ( darkening of leaves and very very limp ). Luckily an hour in the heated propagator with the lid on sorted the little fella out.

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                              • Thank you Scarlet and Small Pumpkin. Got them back in. Have converted dining room into indoor greenhouse. Let’s face it, no-one’s coming to dinner anytime soon. I must say, they are looking healthy.

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