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how is it best to grow red chilli peppers



In your area, most kinds would do best in a greenhouse or polytunnel, since they are tropical plants like eggplant or tomatoes. I would start the seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the average date of last frost, Preferably under lights, so the seedlings don't get spindly. Keep them fed regularly with tomato food, unless they are in the ground, in which case build the soil up well with compost and/or well rotted manure before planting. Treat them pretty much like tomatoes, except that they stand up by themselves, and don't need to be tied. When the little white flowers come out, touch their open fronts with your finger every morning to pollinate them. Don't let them wilt between watering, or they will get blossom end rot like tomatoes. Depending on the variety, the new peppers will start out green or pale yellow, possibly get a purple stain when half grown, and then turn orange and red. As soon as they are re, pick them, because letting them shrivel on the bush reduces their flavor and nutrition, and reduces the chance of a second crop. If you run out of time in the fall, they can still be eaten green, though they have a slightly different flavor, though still spicy. Hope that helps!

7 Sep, 2010

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