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    Holly Daze is offline Germinator
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    Hello everyone,

    I have grown a Scotch Bonnet Chilli plant. I have pampered it, kept it watered in the greenhouse and have been feeding it with tomato fertiliser. It appears to be doing very well with lots of green pea sized round chillies. The fruits were not getting any bigger but looked super healthy. There were so many flowers appearing I snipped the end off each branch so that the plant could deal with what it had at that stage. Suddenly the pea sized chillies are turning black and less hard. Are they ripening and if so, will they get bigger? They are tiny!

    Many thanks.

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    How big is the plant? Chillies can fruit right up until Nov/Dec if taken indoors at the right time so it’s often best leave the flowers on if you have room and the plant is big enough to support the flowers. How big is the pot?

    I’m not sure what I would do without seeing the plant. Take some photos, upload them and others will have a bit more info I’m sure.
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    First thing I would suggest is stop cutting lumps off it!
    Chillies can grow very large and are happy to do so in the right conditions.
    Until you've answered scarlet's questions there's no other advice I can give.


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    Thank you for your responses. Struggling a bit with navigation of the site but I am sure I will get the hang of it soon. Not sure how to upload a picture but I have just come home from an evening (alcohol involved) out and checked my greenhouse and tried one of the chillies and it is not hot at all. Bland.. it is about 18 inches high and as I mentioned earlier, very healthy.

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    Ok, I have measured the pot and it is 15 litres and the plant itself is as high as it is wide - 36 cm. As I said yesterday, there is no heat at all. Will this develop do you think? Thanks.

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    Hi and welcome. You may have problems posting a photo as you have just joined and haven't made many posts yet. Keep posting and you will be able to.
    Meanwhile, did you buy the plant or grow it from seed. If the latter, was it from a seed packet or did you save it from a pepper?
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    Hello,
    I bought seeds from a garden centre. This was the only plant to germinate.

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    Turning black doesn't sound good; most scotch bonnets turn yellow or red. If they are ripening then they won't grow any bigger. Pods grow to as big as they are going to get before they start to change to their ripe colour.

    Small pods are often caused by incomplete pollination / fertilisation. Are there plenty of pollinating insects in your greenhouse?

    You're not killing with kindness (overwatering / feeding) are you?

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