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Chilli peppers

Someone very kindly bought me a heated propagator for Christmas so I've started some chilli's off in it. My question is should I have the vents on the top of it open or closed?

Thanks. Smile
wellington womble

I personally found evening went mouldy unless I took the lid off completely, regardless of vent position.
dpack

lid off once they have leaves seems to work with most plants, the exceptions are those from very wet warm places

chillies like a bit of humidity but donít fare well in a dripping jungle ,if their feet are damp but not swampy and they are warm enough (above 20 c is best) they will be fine.

back in a less than perfect world if they are in a very dry/drafty place a light spray of water will keep em perky , warm toes and plenty of light are top of the priority list for chillies.

for a big crop a high K /P bloom boost type fertilizer as soon as you see the first flower bud works wonders Wink (well rotted pig crap soup is the organic version Laughing )
Treacodactyl

I would leave them closed until the first sign of germination and then open. It will depend though on the size of the propagator, where it is and how cold/draughty it is.

Mould or damping off is normally caused by poor hygiene, i.e. old compost or rain water etc. I'd use a fresh bag of compost, use a clean pot, fill with compost and water using boiling water. Leave to cool and then sow the seeds. If you need to water use tap water in a clean can that has stood for several hours. I do this if we have rare or expensive seeds, if you have loads then it may not be worth the bother.

Also take care over pot size, shallow trays tend to warm up more than a taller pot for example. If I use a shallow pot I may stand it on another filled with sterile grit/sand.
sgt.colon

Thank you all. I'll go and close them up tonight until I see shoots coming through.

The heated prop is in our loft, sat near the hatch and just under the loft window. It's not the warmest of places up there but it's the only place in the house I could think to put it.

The pots are about 3" tall, filled with brand new seedling/potting compost. I've been giving them tap water but I'll go with the boiling water from now on.

What is K/P bloom please DPack?

Smile
Treacodactyl

Tap water, stood for a while to bring it up to temp, will be fine to water them with. The boiling water was to sterilise the compost, if needed, before sowing seeds.
dpack

potassium K and phosphorus P in a suitable fertilizer .

there are many types of fertilizer but the two basic ones are high nitrogen medium potassium and phosphorus as a vegetative growth mix and high potassium and phosphorus with medium nitrogen to promote flowers and subsequent fruits

the most easy organic version is to add a bit of blood ,fish and bone powder to the potting medium (or as a soil dressing) when planting on/out as that starts off as a vegetative feed and matures to a bloom boost one as the soil bacteria, moulds etc make the components available

for a chilli in a pot and not being organic the two phostrogen tm products are cheap and seem to work ok as does stuff sold for both phases in tomatoes.
sgt.colon

Thanks for your help guys. Smile
sgt.colon

Well my chillis and peper came on well but I've now got a problem with all my peppers and one of my chilli plants. Below is an image of what has happened to them, please can someone let me know what has caused this and will they continue to grow or are they gonners?



Thanks. Smile
Slim

Looks suspiciously like thrips damage
Chilli-head

Or aphids. Soft soap spray should sort them out.
sgt.colon

Thank you. Smile

What are thrips, Slim?
Slim



What are thrips, Slim?


Little B@$t@rd$ is what they are.

They're tiny insects that can get into the growth point and damage nascent leaves, which can give that stunted look after they've emerged
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/T/I-TS-THRI-CD.030.html

When they feed on older leaves the damage is speckled yellow spots where they've killed/damaged cells and speckled black spots (frass).

They can be very difficult to see, but they're long and narrow. There are quite a few different species, but you can get an idea of what they look like by image googling "thrips".
tahir

I think it's aphids
Slim

aphids and thrips aren't mutually exclusive. Could be both.

I've never seen aphid distort new growth in quite the same way that thrips do
sgt.colon

Thanks all, I've given them a spray with some Fairy and warm water.

Slim, they sound quite nasty. Confused
dpack

i am down to one chilli after the rain as the runt drowned Rolling Eyes oops.

perhaps my (last) one is not seen as fit to eat by the lurking vermin.
gythagirl

Could I ask another chilli question please? My few seedlings are still only about 6 inches high - do I need to take the tops out at all? Ta!
gardening-girl

We have two spare plants if you want them.

No need to pick the tops of.
Slim

Some people like to pinch the central leader to make the plants bush. I've never bothered with that, and feel like my plants get bushy on their own.
gythagirl

Thanks GG but I'd hate to deprive Barrie of ANY of his chillies Wink I won't pinch them out, will just speak kindly to them.
gardening-girl

We have 10 others in the polytunnel! These are spares, clogging up the landing windowsill.
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