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Comment by Stephen Shirley on August 16, 2010 at 12:30
I'll join you as you look lonely over here!

I've been growing Chillies for just over twenty years now - and have for the past few years been selling my surplus to local farmers markets and restaurants; I swap fruits for takeaways with our local Indian which is barter at its best!

Growing 30 varieties this year - from the hot one like Bhut Jolokia to the cool ones like Numex Suave Orange.

I'm also a member of the Chile Pepper Institute of New Mexico State University.
Comment by Stephen Shirley on August 16, 2010 at 13:11
Yep, but I don't want to make a big thing of that - on here for the same reason as everyone else
Comment by Stephen Shirley on August 16, 2010 at 14:14
No problems - just sometimes people get touchy if persons in the trade get involved on forums etc.

Pop up and see us any time - maybe worth checking I am here by phone beforehand - sure you can find the number!
Comment by Damo on August 16, 2010 at 21:26
As a chilli addict I'm interested in any expert advice on growing more plants, only have half a dozen on the go this year, would be great to expand the number and range next season.
Comment by Stephen Shirley on August 18, 2010 at 15:51
I'd be happy to write some tips when I get a moment - plenty of time between now and next sowing season so I may need a nudge. Meantime I can't recommend The Complete Chile Pepper Book by Dr Paul Bosland and Dave DeWitts - I think you can also get it from Amazon etc.
Comment by Jan Willetts on August 19, 2010 at 23:31
I have four pots of cayenne chilli in the greenhouse and two plants growing at the back of the veg plot. The ones in the greenhouse are starting to ripen, the outdoor ones are quite a way behind. However, the leaves on the greenhouse plants are turning yellow and dropping off now. Is this normal? Should I be easing back on the watering and feeding now? So far they have been very easy to grow, they are planted in tomato grow bag compost in black buckets from the florist(think they were a pound each), drilled holes in the bottom for drainage and used old polystyrene seed trays for crockings.
Comment by Stephen Shirley on August 20, 2010 at 12:23
Hi Jan
Its fine to feed now every couple of weeks - as previously said a tomato feed will be fine. I wouldn't bother feeding past the end of August - especially if you are planning to over-Winter the plants as they will end up 'too soft'.

As to watering, chillies are best grown right through a little on the dry side - and keeping on the dry side as the fruits ripen will ensure a higher heat level.

As to leaves going yellow - some varieties do tend to end up with yellow leaves as the fruits mature (NuMex Pinata springs to mind) - but if you're getting excessive dropping as well that sounds like too wet.

Comment by Jan Willetts on August 23, 2010 at 9:59
Thanks for the tips so far, I have cut back on the watering and the leaf drop has stopped, I have picked half a dozen ripe ones for use in a chilli later this week, looking forward to that! I had a bottle of chilli focus liquid feed but it didn't last long and seemed quite expensive for a small bottle, so have been using either tomato food or liquid seaweed.
Comment by Jaci on August 26, 2010 at 11:20
this has been so useful! I was wondering why my chillis weren't hot. I'm watering too much. The good thing is one of my favorite receipes is Pimientos del Padron, and I only had one plant of these peppers, definitly not enough for how much we love it. The less than spicy chillis have filled the gap perfectly, especially the jalapeno! So now I know for next year to keep some of them on the dry side!
Comment by Stephen Shirley on August 28, 2010 at 15:33
Going black means they are on their way to going red and is quite normal!

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