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Growing Chillies from Seed

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LittleChili
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Growing Chillies from Seed

Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:25 pm

I'm so excited about starting up a new Chili growing season! Last year was my first, and this year I will scale my chili growing (a lot)! This is my learnings, and a sharing of how I do. There are various ways to grow chillies from seed. I got the best plants last year from using my "Pluggbox". 

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Not sure what the best translation for that will be, but you can get more visuals of what a Pluggbox is if you search Pinterest. I think the "Pluggbox" quite neat but you can use pretty much any seed tray. 

This is how I do it:

I start early. Since a lot of Chillies takes about 200-250 days to develop I have figured out that I need to start the seeds in end of December (this batch started in December 28th).

When I start the seeds, I do like this:
1. Fill bottom half of the Pluggbox or Tray with regular soil, and top halv with sowing compost. Why do this? The regular soil has to much nutrients for the small new roots, and the seed doesn't what that "strong" soil until they have grown a bit and reached the bottom half of the "Plugg" or Tray.
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2. Water the soil until it drips through the tray (they soil will than shrink and leave room for the seed)

3. Place one seed in each "Plugg" (or if ju use regular trays, just place the seeds approx 1-2 cm appart). Make sure to mark what type of chilli you place where. ;)
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4. Cover with just a tiny little bit of sowing compost
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5. Water carefully
6. Put the lid on, or cover with plastics go give the plants a good growing environment.
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7. Place under growing light or in sunny window. If you have access to a warming mat, it will help the chilli seeds to be placed on that. (Last year I placed my chili seeds in a window sill above an element, and it worked fine. This year I just had them in room temperature which made them take about 2-3 more days, but turned out just fine aswell.)

Wait and watch. Such a great feeling when they start to grow! You will have to replant the small plants a few times before they end up in their last growing spot. I will get back to that in a few days when I have photos to share. I also have an update of the seeds i planted on december 20th that I can share soon.


LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:45 pm

The chillies that I planted from seeds are starting to grow! First 10 days was kind of slow, but now you can almost see them grow. Classical Jalapeño seems to be most eager to grow into a chili plant. :) 10 days after sowing, they look like this:

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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:06 pm

Time to give the small Chili Plants bigger pots. Just sharing the progress.

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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:18 am

Repotting the second chilli plant batch. 

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DirtandYarn
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:05 pm

Very nice! Nine varieties of chilies, wow! When are you planting them out?


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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:03 pm

It's actually 14 varieties. Overdoing it as usual. ;) It's so hard to choose so I always overdo it.. and have to work hard to give plants away when they grow bigger. Aiming at keeping one of each. Will probably have to rearrange the outdoor deck to create some space for them. Not sure when the weather will be stabile enough to move them outdoors, but I hope that I can put some of them in my outdoor grow cabinet in april, and for the rest of them to be able to move out in the end of may. To be perfectly realistic.. I guess I have to keep some of them indoors aswell.. ;) Are you planting chillies this year?
DirtandYarn
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:54 am

My husband dislikes hot food, so if I do grow any, I'd have to give the chillies away. I'm hoping to rent a plot, as my yard is mostly too shaded for vegetables.


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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:04 am

I'm trying to grow a mix of the hotter chillies and the more reasoneble ones. ;) Also have to give some of the chilli powder and sauces to friends and family. Sounds fun to get a plot. What do you grow in your garden today?
LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:55 am

Chilli update! The plants are coming along just fine. This is a Piment de Padron. 

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DirtandYarn
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:44 pm

No gardening at all right now. It's all snow outside, and my cats destroy any indoor plants. On my next attempt I need to build a terrarium or a wire cage.


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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:22 am

Waiting for spring. Good thing that you are here to give advice! I've seen that they are very helpful and appreciated! :)
LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:10 am

Nice to see so many views to this post! :) Here's a pic of how the plants are looking right now.

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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:48 am

Chilli update! The days are finally getting longer here, but the plants are still under extra light.

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DirtandYarn
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:58 pm

They are looking very good.
LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:46 am

New Chilli Update! This is the size of the Chilli Plants. I have started to water them with nutrients once a week. I make a nice Cocktail and to 1 litre of water i add 1 tablespoon liquid nutrients (this time BioBact) and 1 tablespoon Epsom Salt. The epsom salt contains magnesium which is good for little Chilli Plants.

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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:05 am

A small flower is starting to take shape. It's a bit early since I still have to repot it a least one more time. But I'm always excited to see the flowers coming. 

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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:14 pm

It is now time to repot the Chilli Plants again. I'm now choosing a pot that is approximately 20 cm wide. This should be enough for the plants to continue to grow for a while and I'm only planning for one more repotting after this one. :-)

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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:05 am

This is when my Chilli Plants usually start growing with full power. I feed them liquid nutrients once a week. They start growing really different depending on what type of Chilli it is, and also it seems like every Plant has it's own style.

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If you prefer, you can now top the Plant (cut the top of). It's supposed to give a healthier and more solid Plant. I'm doing a comparing experiment this year, with topped vs non topped Chilli Plants. If you are curious, follow the topic in this separate post: Topped Chilli Plants vs. Non Topped Chilli Plants.

Soon, you will have your first Chilli Flowers showing.

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When the Flowers Start to show, you have to make sure that they are Pollinated. There are several ways of doing that. You can use your finger, use a cotton bud/q-tip or shake the plant. If you want more input on this, check out my post How to pollinate Chilli Plants where you'll find pictures and a quick movie. If you have your Plants outdoors, the wind and bees will probably take care of this for you.

After pollination, your first fruits will start to take shape! They look like this:

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You can now remove the first fruits that shows. It will stress the plant, and is supposed to make it produce even more Chillies. I will come back to that in a separate post later.

It's exhausting to produce fruits and flowers, so in general, make sure to give your Plant enough nutrients in this stage.
FlatFarmer
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:01 pm

oh! i really hope that i get to see that on my chillies one day! :)
LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:35 pm

Chillies are growing fast! This is a picture from one of my Jalapeño Plants.

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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:37 pm

And here's a picture of one of the Hungarian Hot Wax Plants.

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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Thu May 05, 2016 7:53 pm

Sharing some pictures of how the Chillies are growing. By now it's easy to tell that there are big differences between the different Chilli types (both leaves and fruits). 

Hungarian Hot Wax:

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Jalapeño:

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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:24 pm

Chilli Fruits are slowly ripening. Beautiful!

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heatherdarko
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:13 pm

Yay! So beautiful!! Congrats!


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LittleChili
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Re: Growing Chillies from Seed

Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:45 pm

Thanks! :-) It really is wonderful to watch them grow.
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