Growing chillies

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    I have not a single pollinated fruit on 10 plants this year. I have no idea whats happened.

    At an absolute loss. Plenty windy here in wellington for airborne pollination and plenty of bees floating around too.

    Not overdosing on fertiliser to sterilse them either.

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    No bees in your neighbourhood? I'm not really sure how all that works. :\

    i.e.awesome wrote:
    Can i has seeds?

    My pink habaneros are starting to ripen, yussss.

    Got heaps of birds eye on the plant too, might pick off some green ones.
    Yep, I'll have plennnty. I plan on saving a whole bunch this time around.

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    My Bhut Jolokia is fruiting, my reaper looks healthy and has lots of flowers... but they keep falling off after pollinating


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    Plants are a bit tough to troubleshoot. It's not so easy manipulating nature. Maybe it's too much feed / water ... maybe it's not enough? Mine seem to be flourishing in a raised garden / ground planting setup.

    Recipe:
    Fertilised soil with sheep poose and home brew compost (food scraps, lawn clippings, plant waste, etc.)
    Slow release granulated Tomato feed - as per recommended feed to soil ratio on the packet.
    Applied grass clippings as mulch to suppress weeds and keep moisture / heat in the soil.
    Weekly or bi-weekly feeds of liquid seaweed and epsom salts in a watering can, distributed to leaves primarily - only the drips see the soil.
    Weekly watering - Once a week on a Thursday.

    I also survey for bugs and remove dead or damaged leaves and branches where possible. No point in the plant putting energy into a zombie limb.

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    fatesjester wrote:
    I have not a single pollinated fruit on 10 plants this year. I have no idea whats happened.

    At an absolute loss. Plenty windy here in wellington for airborne pollination and plenty of bees floating around too.

    Not overdosing on fertiliser to sterilse them either.
    I am the same in welly other than my cooler ones like Cayennes and Jalapenos, I think Its the weather we've been having, a few hot days, then a few really cold nights, I've had plenty of flours start but never bloom, think it might be the cooler nights, not sure where in welly you are but even up to a week ago we were often getting nights into single digits, days would be hot, mid to high 20's but I think the cool nights have done mine in this year

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    In Brooklyn this year, we do get the cold southerlys for sure.

    Last two seasons I was growing in Petone which had full sun from 10am to sunset - was a few degrees warmer there than Wellington as well.
    Maybe you're onto something.

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    Had a whole habanero and small reaper in a stir fry. The heat is real. Wew.

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    Picked some baby red ones. In order, Trinidad Scorpion, 3 reapers and the tiniest Jalapeno.


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    Lookn spicy. I need to take some more pix for all this chili porn

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    Got my first peach habanero - mutton how spicy are they? I was reading that this kind of habanero isn't as spicy as regular ones.

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    It's all relative, I guess. It's definitely more violent than a Jalapeno, not quite as much as a Reaper. Sometimes I find though the first Chillis off the plant aren't always the hottest. Proceed with caution... and milk

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    My reaper has very gradually leaning over more and more to one side (but still looks very healthy), but I have just realized it's at the point where the root ball is getting exposed, could this be why the flowers are dropping?

    Looking for something to stake it with

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    Is it exposed to much wind? Definitely stake it and maybe top up the soil.

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    Intended on using the scorpion tonight, cut into it and smelled the evil. Only used a 3rd. Kinda glad, everyone in the house is choking on the fumes and my face is on fire. I gotta grow more of these little bastards.

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    They had reapers as well but the box was empty

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    Those kinda put mine to shame lol. Where was that?

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    Raeward Chch airport. They are always awesome there.
    Harvested some seeds tonight and ate a yellow. Very hot on its own but heat completely gone when cooked.

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    I ate one of my bhut jolokia today and I think the thing I regret most of all was not wearing gloves and touching my skin oof, but otherwise feelsgoodman so far

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    nvm i am gonna be stuck on the toilet all night i think

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    Lol. That soul burn feel.

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    I had one of our bhuts a few days ago. Lips were burning for a good half our later even though I didnt think it was that hot. FFS I cant load any photos.

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    Use iforce.co.nz for pics

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    Speaking of pics... Poppers! My main motivation for growing Jalapenos.

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    Wheres the best place to get Carolina Reaper seeds? I got some off trademe last year but they aren't reapers at all, so that was a waste of time

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    These guys are the goods: https://www.firedragonchillies.co.nz/