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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 6th May 18, 11:45 AM
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    How MSE is your chilli plant?
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    • 6th May 18, 11:45 AM
    How MSE is your chilli plant? 6th May 18 at 11:45 AM
    Now I've finally got the year-round greenhouse south facing conservatory I've always longed for, I can go all tropical with my plant collection

    First on the list is a red chilli plant from Lidl, which was bought the other day for 4.99 (let's say 5). I eat it rarely, it's great on veggie pizza and I have been known to freeze and then slice them down the middle when it's G&T time but most will be passed straight onto others for their enjoyment. I thought it would be interesting to keep a tally of how cost-effective this plant is, by dividing the cost in pence by the yield.

    Thus far, 20 ripe red chillies have been picked, at a cost of (500p/20) 25p each. I expect the price per chilli to go down as more pop up, I can see another 8 ripening on the plant nicely so it's something I can easily keep a track of.


    Just a bit of fun! Tbf I probably wouldn't do this with higher-yielding plants such as tomatoes and berries where the yield goes straight from plant to mouth without passing Go.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
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    • penny-wise
    • By penny-wise 7th May 18, 8:49 AM
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    Congratulations on your conservatory!

    What variety of chilli is it? Chillies grown alone, inside are unlikely to cross pollinate & should be true from seed. You could save seeds to plant next year and technically have infinite chillies .
    • fatbelly
    • By fatbelly 7th May 18, 8:54 AM
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    • 7th May 18, 8:54 AM
    Most people grow chillies as an annual but you can keep them going for years, even continuing to produce chillies through the winter, as long as you keep them warm
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 7th May 18, 5:57 PM
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    • 7th May 18, 5:57 PM
    It's dying already

    Not down to a lack of water, purely because the environment was just too hot for it
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
    • Tink_04
    • By Tink_04 7th May 18, 6:05 PM
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    • 7th May 18, 6:05 PM
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    I've got chilli seed pods - so far nothing exciting is happening but we shall see!
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    • fatbelly
    • By fatbelly 7th May 18, 7:18 PM
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    • 7th May 18, 7:18 PM
    It's dying already

    Not down to a lack of water, purely because the environment was just too hot for it
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    They're pretty good with heat but a shut-up conservatory can reach ridiculous temperatures.

    They seem happy at 20-30 degrees C
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 6th Jul 18, 11:41 AM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 11:41 AM
    Just thought I'd offer an update. The chilli plant has been outside in the sunshine and is watered every day, so is growing and looking v healthy. What it's not doing is giving me any fruit. Am guessing the solution would be to bring another chilli plant into its vicinity to encourage a bit of pollination?
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 6th Jul 18, 12:47 PM
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    Chillis are self pollinating so they have both the male and female parts within one flower. They have to be able to touch though so what I do is just give any flowering greenery a bit of a shake to loosen.

    As your plant has been under stress (too hot) then it's likely the stress has halted flowering.
    Be like a tree.
    Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf.
    Bend before you break. Enjoy your natural beauty. Keep growing.
    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 6th Jul 18, 1:02 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 1:02 PM
    I got a free chilli plant a few years ago. I had hundreds of chillis from it and it was really wasted on me as I can't eat spicy or hot food so I dried them all. Laid them out in the conservatory and they dried in the heat. Then I filled a glass vase and put them on my kitchen windowsill and they looked very decorative. Along came daughter in law number 2 and off they went home with her.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 6th Jul 18, 1:18 PM
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    We LOVE chillies ! I grow 'Ring of Fire' in the greenhouse, and 4 plants will see us through until next year's plants start cropping (they freeze really well).

    A packet of bought hot chillies costs about the same as a packet of seeds - so even after factoring in the cost of compost, etc, the money saved must be quite considerable !
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 6th Jul 18, 1:21 PM
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    Just thought I'd offer an update. The chilli plant has been outside in the sunshine and is watered every day, so is growing and looking v healthy. What it's not doing is giving me any fruit. Am guessing the solution would be to bring another chilli plant into its vicinity to encourage a bit of pollination?
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse

    As fuddle says, just give the flowers a gentle shake to pollinate. Are you feeding your plant? Tomato food will be fine.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 6th Jul 18, 8:15 PM
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    Chillis are self pollinating so they have both the male and female parts within one flower. They have to be able to touch though so what I do is just give any flowering greenery a bit of a shake to loosen.

    As your plant has been under stress (too hot) then it's likely the stress has halted flowering.
    Originally posted by fuddle
    As fuddle says, just give the flowers a gentle shake to pollinate. Are you feeding your plant? Tomato food will be fine.
    Originally posted by Silvertabby
    I did some re-potting earlier and saw the first glimpses of some new flowers, lots of them!

    Can't wait to start counting again
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 6th Jul 18, 8:16 PM
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    I got a free chilli plant a few years ago. I had hundreds of chillis from it and it was really wasted on me as I can't eat spicy or hot food so I dried them all. Laid them out in the conservatory and they dried in the heat. Then I filled a glass vase and put them on my kitchen windowsill and they looked very decorative. Along came daughter in law number 2 and off they went home with her.
    Originally posted by grunnie
    I have a recipe you might like!

    1) Slice a chilli down it's length
    2) Add it to a stiff G&T
    3) Drink
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 6th Jul 18, 10:08 PM
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    I love growing chillies and have got three on the go this year - Hungarian Black, Chocolate Habanero and Jalapeno. I'm particularly fond of the Hungarian Black just because it sounds like a breed of dragon from Harry Potter I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with them all though as the Hungarian Black has already got loads of small chillies on it. I tend to freeze quite a lot and last year I roasted all of my green chillies, peel them (sort of ...) and made a green chilli enchilada sauce by cooking off some onion, garlic and Mexican oregano, adding the chopped, roasted chillies and a bit of flour and then thickening it up with chicken stock, before squizzing it up with a stick blender. Fortunately the chillies weren't too hot and it actually was really good when I mixed it with shredded chicken and used it in enchiladas.
    • tulip12
    • By tulip12 6th Jul 18, 10:08 PM
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    They're pretty good with heat but a shut-up conservatory can reach ridiculous temperatures.

    They seem happy at 20-30 degrees C
    Originally posted by fatbelly
    I am growing jalapeno chilli plants in pots this year for the first time as we love spicy foods They appear to be doing well at the moment
    but i'm unsure as to whether they would do best in my small green house with door left open or on a sunny patio with the temperatures being as they are at the moment. Any info great fully appreciated thanks.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 6th Jul 18, 10:10 PM
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    Mine was 50p off the car boot and the last one lasted a couple of years. Hoping this'll be the same so I'm quids in already. Mine lives outside in a sunny spot in the summer because it gets whitefly in my small back porch then I bring it in for the winter
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 7th Jul 18, 7:55 AM
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    but i'm unsure as to whether they would do best in my small green house with door left open or on a sunny patio with the temperatures being as they are at the moment. Any info great fully appreciated thanks.
    Originally posted by tulip12
    Patio, patio, patio!

    And whatever you do keep them away from a glass-y environment until the temperatures drop significantly. I'm pretty sure the temperature in my conservatory beats 40C regularly.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
    • tulip12
    • By tulip12 7th Jul 18, 9:19 AM
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    Thanks for your advice. I will leave them on the patio as it gets a lot of sun. Was just a bit wary of temperatures being a bit cool for the plants during the night time. Hopefully I will start to see some chillis soon!!
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 7th Jul 18, 9:23 AM
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    Patio, patio, patio!

    And whatever you do keep them away from a glass-y environment until the temperatures drop significantly. I'm pretty sure the temperature in my conservatory beats 40C regularly.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse

    Mine seem to be doing ok in the greenhouse, but I have got the doors and windows permanently open at the moment. Tbh it'd probably be hotter on my patio at the moment as my greenhouse does get a bit of shade later in the day. I struggled a lot to get the chillies started, something really liked the baby habanero chilli plants and I lost all but one. I hope that whatever it was got horrible indigestion What the chillies do seem to like is lots of space - the jalapeno that I've got in a bigger pot is doing significantly better than the 'spare' ones I've still got in smaller pots. I must take those in to work next week to see if anyone wants them.
    Last edited by Callie22; 07-07-2018 at 9:55 AM.
    • Living proof
    • By Living proof 7th Jul 18, 9:27 AM
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    The temperature in my greenhouse has been reaching 49.9C and that is with being hosed down inside and out. I think I will move my chilli outside during the day as it really is too hot and dry in the long term. I used some chillis out of the freezer last night and realised they have been there for two years. A little chilli goes a long way so I will be giving a lot away this year!
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