Sown indoors: 9th January 2014
First Seedling: 22nd January 2014
Germination: 13 to 27 days
Germination ratio: 6/10 seeds sown
I have grown this variety for several years but this year I am trying to grow successful and productive plants from seed saved from last years crop.
17th February: 4 weeks old and as is the habit of chilli seedlings, this little one and its’ fellows have all stopped growing for now, as it adjusts to its’ new pot and throws out some more root growth.
2nd March: Now 8 weeks old:
7th April: At nearly 14 weeks old, the plants are finally starting to gain height and more leaves.
17th May: As with the tomatoes these seedlings had to be transplanted into fresh all purpose compost when it became apparent that there was an issue with the stage 2 stuff they were in. They have been very slow to recover but, although it may not look like it from this picture, have now started to show signs of fresh growth.
7th June: Just a bit of a difference in two weeks but I did give these a feed a week ago.
24th June: These plants are now growing at a quite startling rate of knots and now have the first flowers forming. I have also started to placing two of theses plants outside during the day (back in greenhouse over night), to see just how much difference the natural, unfiltered light and a bit of rain can make to the growth. Obviously the outside plants will be subjected to slightly cooler temperatures than the greenhouse ones. All the plants were the same sort of size to start with.
6th July: It’s hard to believe these are the dame plants but they have really put on some speedy growth over the alt couple of weeks. The two plants which have been outside during sunny days are really looking healthy and are growing slightly quicker. However, flowers are forming on the inside plants.
15th July: open flowers
25th July: Chillies!!!
7th September: A respectable number of chillies for a pant grown from saved seed.
17th September: And just 10 days later the chillies are turning a vibrant red colour.