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    Hockeynut is offline Germinator
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    Default Chilli seeds - propagation

    Last year was my first at trying growing my own anything. I kept seeing different types of tomato seeds and buying them, ended with loads of plants, too many to take care of well, so most of them failed tomato wise. There were too many for me to maintain well. So this I'm going for quality over quantity. Lesson learnt!

    Anyway, chillies, we did well with these last year, and the sweet pepper went... meh, ok-ish too. But again, I just went with whatever I found in the shops. This year I'm going for the exact ones I want. And chillis are going to be the main thing I grow, since they don't take up as much room as tomatoes and more importantly, we use loooaaaads of them. Chilli'd breakfast scrambled eggs anyone or chilli'd omelet?

    The Cayenne and scotch bonnets did well for me in my first time last year.

    I have got these:
    • Jalapeņo
    • Paper Lantern
    • Twilight
    • Hot Chocolate Habanero
    • Joes Long
    • Ring of Fire
    • Super Chilli F1

    And will get a few sweet ones too. Didn't seem to be able to get

    I have a couple of these heated propagator, Good value, and actually made by Sankey for B&Q. This has some paper lanterns in a the moment, and is in the kitchen, near the window.

    I'm wondering, once the seeds start to come up, and a prick them out into 3" pots. Will those pots then need to stay under the heated propagator for a while longer? If not, what conditions will they need?

    On my attachment, ignoring the 3 rows on the left (as they are tomatoes), so we are looking ta the 3 rows on the right. I'm wondering whether they are getting too leggy? And when to take them out of the heated prop and into 3" pots each? I planted them just over a week ago.


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    Hello, welcome! Do you play hockey?

    I take my chillies out the moment they break the surface of the compost - if you leave them in there, they'll end up getting long and drawn (leggy), and will be weak plants.

    If I start them off early I put them on a sunny windowsil with a foil backing to reflect more light back onto the seedlings.

    I sow directly into 3" pots now, I used to do modules, but found partial germination hampered my efforts. I sow 2-4 chillies in 3" pots, and when the roots start to poke out of the bottom of them, I then pot them up a size - sometimes if they're large I do it before the roots show out of the bottom. I tend to put them in 4", or 5" pots then. Eventually working my way through a 7" pot into a 9" one I think. Most people end up with them in morrisons flower buckets (or supermarket ones should I say!).

    Where are you based? It'd be good if you could put it in your profile so advise can be tailored to your region - it doesn't have to as specific as your lat & long

    Once you start thuogh, it's a slipperly slope - be warned! I started off with chillies, cucumbers, and tomatos...

    Now I have taken over my garden (but loosing my veg growing space in there due to a little one having a wendy house). I then moved onto Chickens, and now have an allotment

    My wife sometimes feels as if she is a single mother!

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    Sorry didn't see the image!

    It's not loading for me (works connection is dire at lunch time) - I think I can see them sprouted already? I'd take them out, and put them on a sunny windowsil.

    You may need to turn them if you don't prick them out - once a day I'd have thought would be ok - or whenver they start to bend to the light, if the roots are pokign out of the bottom, I'd definately prick them out into individual pots.

    Edit: I've the same props - cheap and cheerful - work brilliantly. If you don't want a messy ktichen windowsil unplug it, and take the top off it.
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    once they're up the main thing they'll need is light. as mentioned above a sunny window sill and foil reflector is good. personally I have some in my conservatory and some under flourescent tube lights (18 hrs a day) to really maximise their growth.

    watch out for cold windowsills at night - i move mind into a warm living room to sleep ;-)

    loads more chilli growing tips on my blog (link below in my signature).

    happy growing!

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    In you Photo the seedlings look very leggy - straining and leaning towards the light.

    At the least put some tinfoil (tapped to half-a-cardboard box, or similar), or a mirror, behind them.

    But preferably get them more light than they currently have - a growing lamp if you are a Chilli Nut or a conservatory if possible / warm enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hockeynut View Post
    what conditions will they need?
    16c day & night, ideally, and as much light as you can give them - you may have to wait until the days lengthen a bit more, depending on your location ...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    16c day & night, ideally, and as much light as you can give them - you may have to wait until the days lengthen a bit more, depending on your location ...?
    Should they be put back in a controlled temperature once they have established themselves. Some of mine are now 5-6 inches high and seem to be doing ok. But they are on a south facing window. The diurnal range even in the house means the temperature drops well below 16 degrees.

    Does this harm the growth or the plants potential to grow fruits later on?

    Loving my allotment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newton View Post
    the house ... drops well below 16 degrees.

    Does this harm the growth or the plants potential to grow fruits later on?
    It can retard them, yes.
    I have the house thermometer set to 16c, and my chillies and toms come off the windowsill into the room for their bedtime. Back on sunny windowsill in the morning.
    Bit more info here: Chili Peppers - Capsicum by the Chili Monster
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