So who's growing chillies 2021?

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I'm going to have to get started soon. The weather's gone cold again but I might as well get my seed order in. I've got a couple of dozen seeds harvested from last year and a plant that I cut right back and overwintered in my home-office. I don't think it's dead. ;)
 

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Disaster, checked the plants I’d over wintered ( started off too late last year) and decimated by aphids, all six gone, surprised they got hit so early and so strong in a week
 

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I have followed ChiliChumps beginners guide on YouTube. I have a couple of questions, if anyone could help me.

This is my current setup and chilli seedlings:
I have planted a variety, I had hoped for a few more to come through, but hopefully I will get some decent seedlings to pot on. I was a bit slow putting the seedlings under my light, so they were a bit leggy.

Currently, i have them covered in the propagator, with the heat pad on. Is this correct, or should I turn the heat pad off?

I have noticed that a couple of the smaller seedlings have gone limp and fallen over (as you can see in the photo). I am not sure the reason behind this.

Finally, the seedlings leaves on occasion curl and point upwards? Not quite sure why, but I presume I was doing something wrong!

Would be grateful for any advice.

Thanks
 

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I have followed ChiliChumps beginners guide on YouTube. I have a couple of questions, if anyone could help me.

This is my current setup and chilli seedlings:
I have planted a variety, I had hoped for a few more to come through, but hopefully I will get some decent seedlings to pot on. I was a bit slow putting the seedlings under my light, so they were a bit leggy.

Currently, i have them covered in the propagator, with the heat pad on. Is this correct, or should I turn the heat pad off?

I have noticed that a couple of the smaller seedlings have gone limp and fallen over (as you can see in the photo). I am not sure the reason behind this.

Finally, the seedlings leaves on occasion curl and point upwards? Not quite sure why, but I presume I was doing something wrong!

Would be grateful for any advice.

Thanks
I think that accepted wisdom is that you turn the heating off once germinated as it can cause them to become leggy. Also a humid environment with a lack of fresh air will encourage mould ('damping off'). The problem with germinating different varieties in the same propagator is that they come up at differing times. I do this and just play it by ear. The seedling that has keeled over looks like it could use a drink.
 

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I think that accepted wisdom is that you turn the heating off once germinated as it can cause them to become leggy. Also a humid environment with a lack of fresh air will encourage mould ('damping off'). The problem with germinating different varieties in the same propagator is that they come up at differing times. I do this and just play it by ear. The seedling that has keeled over looks like it could use a drink.
Thanks for that,

I have turned the heater off. Unsure when i should remove the propagator lid, I have watched a few youtube growers, and it seems some uncover their seedings sooner.

Yes, all of my Hungarian Hot Wax germinated, but only 1 or 2 of my Super Tramp and Bolivian Rainbow. When they get a bit further on, I am planning on putting them into 1 litre pots. Can you recommend me a soil for this? Think I will use some perlite too, but not sure about the ratio.
 

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Make sure that once they germinate, they get plenty of light (and air), otherwise they'll get tall and leggy.
1 Litre pots will be fine for a while. John innes No.2 is good for their earlier life, with about 10% perlite or vermiculite.
A weak seaweed feed solution helps...
 

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Here's my seedlings and some overwintered ones, I have set the inkbird to 21c for the seedlings now. Also some toms in there too. The lights I leave on all day, really helps stop them getting leggy, although 18 hours is fine too.

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What's the gig with overwintering? Never had much success, but would like to be able to to get an early harvest
 

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I did some chillie admin today, pricked out 6 jalapeno plants, 2 apaches and 1 chocolate habanero. 100% germination on year old jalapeño and Apache seeds, 10% on the chocolate habaneros. Oh well, they were bought on a whim by my wife and I did suggest we probably didn’t have the best setup for them, so no great loss!
 

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I've scaled back a lot this year as the greenhouse is gone. Just six, and nothing exciting because I don't think the chinense would thrive outside the greenhouse: Thai dragon, cayenne, lemon drop, jalapeno, pardon and piri piri.
 

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3 different varieties this year, Bulgarian Carrot, Big Sun Habanero and Biqiunho Red, 100% germination (8 seeds) from the Habanero and Biquinho, nothing from the Bulgarian.
 

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Today my wife and I took part in a local community seedling sale for charity. Several of the others who contributed has grown chillies, so I sold some of my seedlings and bought some others. So
I now have strong seedlings one each of Apache, Jalapeño, Chocolate Habanero, Cayenne and Hungarian Hot Wax. That’ll do!
 

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Mine look ok... I got jalapeno, cayenne and one called white caterpillar...which I tried last year and didn't germinate..but this year they have..??
 

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Mine are looking good. This year's bought seeds are Holy Peak and Aji Limo and the seedlings are doing well.

I saved back Draky and Santa Fe Grande seeds from last years fruit and the Draky have all come up but the SF Grande haven't at all.

I also overwintered the most productive draky from last year and that one has already flowered and a fruit is already growing from it!
 

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