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Chillis: Potted up

31 Oct 2010
Overcast 13°C / 55°F

Finally potted up the Capsicum X. seedlings. They all need a good feed, and at least a week free of pests to gain some further size, but it’s the next step in the process and most importantly – done!
Besides the pale leaves, there are a few wrinkly ones amongst them, which I believe is a lack of calcium.

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  1. The 2010 Chilli collection – 100+ plants. There are possibly more coming?
  2. Even having new U’beaut plant labels doesn’t stop a couple getting lost in the greenhouse! They are probably Open Pollinated Anaheims but, we’ll have to wait and see.
  3. Seeds saved from Fi’s yellow chilli, bought at a plant stall – somewhere

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Do you leave them in the pots, or will they make it into the garden at some stage?

Posted on 01 Nov 10 (almost 9 years ago)
graibeard

graibeard

Folia Helper

Australia9b

These will stay in the pots as they worked exceptionally well like this last year. It’s certainly worth repeating.

The pot sizes vary a bit but it’s what I have available. The only difference this year is they aren’t going through the intermediate sizes, some will stay in the smaller pots and possibly dry out if I don’t get the watering organized, and I will get it organized this year! The others will feel a little lost for a while but being in the larger pots the buffering affect due to their size should make the swings in moisture less severe. The soil is also a lot richer this year – there’s actually compost and the like mixed in with them, the worm population is staggering in fact!

I do have some left over and they may become place fillers in the main garden – we shall see after the other plants have gone in. :-)

Posted on 01 Nov 10 (almost 9 years ago)

That’s good to hear…the capsicum i’m growing is still in a pot, and i was starting to wonder if i should plant it out, but maybe i’ll leave it be given you’ve had success in the past.

Posted on 01 Nov 10 (almost 9 years ago)

That’s a lot of chilis! I take it you like spicy food?

Posted on 01 Nov 10 (almost 9 years ago)
graibeard

graibeard

Folia Helper

Australia9b

We do like spicy food, but that’s not the only reason (he tells himself often.)
It’s all part of the gardening and seedsaving addiction, it keeps me off the streets and out of the pool halls. As an added bonus, they do well and look good in the process!

And just to recap, we do like our sambals and spicy homemade sauces. They don’t have to be sweat inducing either, but that side of them doesn’t go amiss either.

Posted on 01 Nov 10 (almost 9 years ago)

Haha! I’m discovering that so much in gardening is addictive. Have you tried eating / growing the infamous Bhut Jolokia yet? As much as I like hot foods, I’m still working up the courage for that one …

Posted on 02 Nov 10 (almost 9 years ago)
graibeard

graibeard

Folia Helper

Australia9b

I have two growing this season, purely to see if they live up to their reputation. Once I’ve tried them and decided that I’m out of my league :-)) I’ll have a good supply of the main ingredients for a Bug’s Begone pepper spray.

Posted on 04 Nov 10 (almost 9 years ago)

And squirrel repellent! They’ve been invading both my balconies all fall and as cute as they look in the parks, they’re not so cute when they’re eyeing your bulbs …

Would the bugspray be made just like tea or infused oil?

Posted on 05 Nov 10 (almost 9 years ago)
graibeard

graibeard

Folia Helper

Australia9b

@DirtGently, The bug spray is basically a handful of chillis, a couple of litres of water and a small quantity of detergent to help it stick around, made like you would a tea. It’s meant to keep for a couple of weeks.
Safety glasses and wind free days would be a must of course as depending what you made it from, and the quantities used, the overspray could be a little disturbing though. :-(

Gardeners have used the dried flakes here to deter possums, but with mixed results. The possums are a hardy breed and will eat fresh chillis apparently (so far they’ve left mine alone.)

Funny how the cuteness factor only lasts as long as they stay clear from our gardens. :-) Or confine themselves to small quantities, which our possums can do (vaguely, sort of) but I believe squirrels can’t?

Posted on 05 Nov 10 (almost 9 years ago)

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