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    JimboAccy is offline Germinator
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    Question Chilli seedlings - worried!

    Hi all

    Hope you can help me out here - Ive grown three varieties of chillis from a kit that was bought for me and had more success with them than previous kits that were bought for me.

    They are Jalepeno, Firecracker and Hungarian Hot Wax. The hungarian hotwaxes have shot right up and I am very proud of them so far. Anyway I grew 8 or 9 in each terracotta pot that came with the kit and the compost they came in and showed a neighbour who is much more experienced in gardening than me and agreed it was time to pot on. She gave me some of these peat pots to repot them in and I also bought a big bag of multipurpose compost for them. I was very careful repotting them and using smaller peat pots for the smaller seedlings and larger peatpots for the bigger ones. Ive put them on a tray and in my conservatory but Im getting worried about them and Im not sure if its the compost Ive bought that isnt any good or if its the environment but all of them unfortunately seem to be going a very pale green and any new leaves further down the stems grow but go yellow and stay very thin then are dropping off. I read other threads and do you think they might be too hot? And do I have to keep the compost moist like I did when they were in the terracotta pots? Because Ive been letting the compost get bone dry as my neighbour thinks i could be overwatering them but then some of them started to droop badly and shrivel so I watered them from the top and it looks like I might have saved them from the brink as theyve come back but Im still worried about their paleness - they were a much richer green before repotting them. Ive tried watering them from below and above as well. I will attach some photos so you can see whats happening

    Any advice would be really appreciated - Ive never got this far before and dont want to loose them

    Thanks
    Jimbo

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    Seems I cant edit posts or post attachments lol The 3 varieties are Habanero (not Jalepeno), Hungarian Hotwax and Firecracker.

    Hopefully someone can offer some helpful hints without seeing pictures.

    Jimbo

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    How big are the peat pots they’re in? These types of pots make the compost dry out quicker,could the whole thing be planted into a larger pot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimboAccy View Post
    Seems I cant edit posts or post attachments lol The 3 varieties are Habanero (not Jalepeno), Hungarian Hotwax and Firecracker.

    Hopefully someone can offer some helpful hints without seeing pictures.

    Jimbo
    You can't edit or pist pics yet - I've sent you a PM...
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    Hi Jimbo
    Welcome to the vine.
    First thoughts is over watering. A bit more info will help.
    Couple of questions. What size are the seedling ?
    Are you feeding them?
    What size pots are they in?

    MPS ( multi purpose compost ) is fine for chillies. That's what I grow mine in and they do ok.

    You need to make a few more posts before you can add photos and stuff, I think.
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    Ive found a way

    Jimbos photos......
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    I would say you need bigger pots and keep them well watered as per before you neighbours advice. i know often people say to keep chillies on the dry side but these are young plants and they won't grow well with keeping them dry especially in the heat we have been having. Keep them on the dry side when the plants are loaded with fruit and you want to crop them.

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    Also peat pots are difficult to control watering, personally I would ditch them and get some plastic ones instead.
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