10 TIPS—SUPER-QUICK CHILLI GROWING INSTRUCTIONS IN 20 SECONDS
These are the chilli growing instructions I used to provide with my famous Little Green Men ChilliMan Chilli Growing Kits, which I am now gifting to you for FREE!
- Open the chilli growing pack and remove the contents.
- Open the compost bag carefully and pour it into the flowerpot.
- Open and sow the chilli seeds 5mm deep and lightly cover with compost.
- Spray the surface with water to dampen (not swim.)
- Place the bag over the pot and put it in a warm place.
- Wash and dry your hands and ponder on your magnificence.
- Grasp the mug firmly in your left hand and the tea/coffee/other and spoon in your right.
- Brew a hot drink and pour as recommended.
- Drink tea/coffee/other and bask in your glory as a Chilli Grower!
- Once tea/coffee/other has taken effect, visit www.rkalker.com with credit card in hand to reward the provision of FREE Chilli Growing Instructions!
Note: Extra items required include patience, soap ‘n’ water, and tea/coffee/other.
Germination and Maturing
- Around 65% of the chilli seeds will grow. On average, 8-18 days until they pop up.
- Optimum soil temperature range for germination: 20-30°C (70-85°F.) If not, any warm place will do.
- They also germinate well in the dark.
- On average, 90-100 days to maturity from the date of transplant (range can be 60-120 days.)
When to Sow?
- We sow chilli seeds during February and March, but you can leave them later.
- As a rule of thumb, start peppers indoors approximately 1st March, about 8 weeks before setting them out (12 weeks if you have the room).
The number of days taken for a particular variety to reach maturity will vary.
- Some chilli plants can produce ripe fruit as early as 60 days from sowing.
- Others take as long as 120 days, but 90-100 days is a good estimated range.
- Remember that varieties such as Habanero take 100+ days or 3.5 months from potting on to reach maturity, start them in good time or the fruit will never ripen.
- To be safe, subtract (120 days maturing + 21 days germination) from August 31st, which means:
Sowing chilli seeds after mid-April is pushing your luck!
How Deep to Sow?
- Sow seeds 5mm deep and lightly cover with compost.
Spray the Surface
When propagating or starting them off:
- Using a spray bottle on the top (not watering from the base) reduces the effect on the compost temperature.
- Do not over-water, and never make the chilli seeds swim.
- Improve germination speed and success by applying warmth to the chilli seed compost.
- Placing the chilli seed pots or trays in a warm location, or
- On a simple heated tray can work well, but
- Propagators are best.
Chilli Growing Instructions Without a Propagator
- Good chilli plant propagation requires heat, even a sunny windowsill will do.
- Shade is not good.
- Cover the tray or pot with the plastic bag provided, which will help retain the heat and moisture. Warm and dark is better, and
- Remove the bag when the last chilli seed has germinated.
- Remember, not too wet, they don’t like it.
Pricking Out After Germination
- As soon as most of the chilli seeds have grown to show 2 well-formed leaves, and before they become root bound or “leggy,”
- Transfer them into 7cm or 3-inch pots.
- Hold the seedlings by the leaves, and not the stems, but be very gentle and make sure they are free at the root to prevent damage.
- Some chilli seedlings may have their head stuck in a chilli seed pod. They will need gentle encouragement to split them from the chilli seed pod.
- Move to a location where they will get plenty of sunlight.
- Ideally to a warm window, conservatory or heated greenhouse.
- The chilli plants can stay in 7cm or 3-inch pots until they are 3 inches (7cm) to 6 inches (15cm) high.
- Keep the chillies warm, moist and well-ventilated.
- When the chilli plants have about 5 pairs of leaves, they should be potted on into larger pots.
- Grow the chillies in the best light possible until mid-June (15th ish.)
- They should be 45cm (18inch) tall with flower buds on them.
- Set the chillies out in 9-inch (22cm) to 12-inch (30cm) pots depending on the variety.
- Smaller pots simply produce a smaller chilli plant, good for compact ornamental varieties.
- So, the larger the pot, the larger the plant and the larger the chilli crop.
- Chillies can also be planted in grow bags.
- If you want to plant your chilli plants outside. Grow them as large as possible before setting them out in the garden.
- Put them in the garden a week or so after the tomatoes.
- A pleasant summer may produce large prolific plants of up to 1m or 3 feet tall, but
- Setting chilli plants out too early in cool night temperatures can adversely affect growth.
- Some chilli varieties like rocoto with furry stems are better in cooler temperatures.
Sun, Water and Feed
- Water the plants regularly and feed at 7 to 10-day intervals once the fruits appear.
- Specific chilli feeds are obviously the best choice, but I have found that tomato feed will do the job, or
- Use mild liquid fertiliser such as a seaweed-based fertilizer, less so with nitrogen feed.
- Watch out for damping off from over-watering, i.e. do not over-water. This can reduce the heat of the chilli, cause chilli bud and pod problems, and may damage the chilli plant long-term.
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