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I have been getting interested with growing chillies, I sown these in February I think and they germinated within two weeks and now are almost out growing their space! I think the 13 hours our light has massively helped.


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What varieties are you growing? I'm doing a single pasilla this year amongst my sweet peppers but have previously grown jalapeno, tabasco and Thai dragon well.

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I love sweet peppers :) Finding ones that like me is harder..... I tend to get thin skins. Trying the Spanish Piquillo this year, alongside some Eastern European or Turkish types.

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I don't really know why I am growing them as we aren't big chilli eaters! Neither do we like anything hot!

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You can make nice Christmas presents if you get a big crop: Find some small glass jars and preserve them in light vinegar with a few black peppercorns, a slice or two of garlic, a blade of mace and a sprig or rosemary or oregano. They can then be stored in the fridge once opened and used in stir-fries etc for around 6 months after opening.

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Good idea Rob, I am always tempted to try my hand at making oils etc or adding to olive oil etc for flavouring

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I was interested in the varieties as well. I considered growing chilli this year but just couldn't decide what sort because I don't know what any of them are like. I eat standard medium strength red chili from the supermarket and if I knew what I was buying as plants would taste similar I'd have bought them, but I don't want something too hot, or too mild or...

As a result I never made my mind up and never got anything. Maybe another year.

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Apparently you can pick them at different stages which has an impact how hot they are. Are you going to the RHS Sat Rosie? I will bring you a plant if you are. Seem yo think you said you aren't. It isn't too late to sow though, mine have grown so quickly!

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Can't get there I'm afraid, thanks for the offer though.

I'm going to have another look at the seeds and give some a try I think.

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They all did great, all flowered and now just waiting for more pods to ripen! Got some seed for next year already! How about you?

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Peppers have done amazingly. But I didn't really do chillies this year... just a lone mulato plant, which proved irresistible to slugs, and not terribly productive (3 off the plant - one rotted - one half eaten by slugs - one good, but I've not eaten it yet). All in all, I think I find fresh chillies more useful, and peppers are so cheap to buy now, I think I'll use the space for a couple of chillies with more effort and other things next year.

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I couldn't get on with growing outside, so I moved them very early on and squeezed them into what is my potting mixes packaging greenhouse, the difference was unbelievable, it was noticeable within days. I left the poorer ones outside and they just gradually perished with holes chewed out of them!

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I've just sown the 2015 batch of seeds today! I thought I'd do chillies rather than peppers - I can get good drilling peppers so cheaply in places like Lidl now, that it's not worth growing them in the UK!

Around half of these are from purchased dried whole chillies, bought for the kitchen. I have read people often have success with seeds from these, so we'll see...

Peperoncini
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Also planted some long green Thai aubergines. It's a type I find does very well for me under glass in the UK. That is, if I can keep the red spider mites from decimating them.

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Mine have now been potted up in to individual pots, my over wintered ones also re potted in to fresh compost.
Save seed Rob and we can do a seed swop of the ones we haven`t got if you like.
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My experiments with died Mexican chillis didn't work :(

Although the dried Kashmiri ones DID give me some plants, and I have these on the go now:

Jalapeño
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I tried sowing the seed from a long green chilli pod I got from a market but they didn't germinate.

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How were the chillis then?

My successes were with the Kashmiri (though they are only just hinting at red on them) and Pasilla chillis (small crop but excellent quality). The jalapenos were[poor cropping and basically not hot at all - I think it's a poor variety I was using. Nothing off the mulato. The tabasco was late getting going and I've now dug it up and it's potted for an attempt to overwinter it: it has a dozen or so peppers on it at the moment.

Next year I plan these:

Antohi Romanian (grown it before and love it)
Mulato Isleno
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Pepperoncini (grown before and it does well)
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