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Chillie growing in Palma

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Wow it’s been a while since the last time I posted, I have to blame work (can’t wait till my work is just chilling and growing chillies!) My chillies have come on leaps and bounds. This summer weather has been so fortunate for British chillies growers, my chillies are absolutely thriving in the conservatory.

I’ve been lucky enough to have spent the last week in Palma for work unfortunately! But nonetheless it was a lovely trip. The weather was just ambient enough to wear summer clothes without it being so hot it’s uncomfortable.

The pace of life out there is completely different to the rat race I run every day in London. I spent the day working in beautiful cool offices with big shuttered windows thrown open to the world. And the in the evening I explored the small cobbled streets.

I am incredibly jealous of my work colleagues and fellow chillies enthusiasts, who told me how they grow their chillies all year round on their balconies. The winter weather isn’t quite warm enough to get chillies all year round but by late April/early May they will begin fruiting.

I’ve now resolved to live in a climate warm enough to grow chillies on balconies! Preferably a balcony like this….


Glorious sun!

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We have been blessed with beautiful weather this past week with temperatures up in the mid 20s. I love this country when it’s sunny, it seems like the whole world is in a good mood and everyone thinks of excuses to be outside. This means sitting in the park, bbq’s and alfresco drinks.

It’s also perfect chillie growing weather – which is not always guaranteed in this country! My chillies have been flourishing and most are growing their second leaves.

Lucky chillie with it’s extra leaf has the advantage over the others and is well ahead in the size stakes.

Is it possible to bred it’s genetic mutation and create a new super chillie with three leaves to begin with?

Anyone have an idea on how to breed traits??

Right I am off to enjoy the sun!

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Winners and freaks

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Winners and freaks

After three weeks of staring at lifeless mounds of dirt my chillies are up! They had a slow start as I under estimated how warm the ‘conservatory’ is so had to relocate them by the radiator on dining room table.

I was starting to doubt these seeds as they were the third generation from some seeds I was given a few years ago, so I was wondering if anything at all would happen. I’d lost the seeds I’d saved and had to scrounge some spare ones my sister. Now she wasn’t sure if they were red pepper or Chillie seeds, so even though she’s 98% sure they are chillies there could be a chance that these guys turn out to be their capsicum cousins. In which case I’ll probably rename this blog Peppitastic and carry on!

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Here they are, first leaves coming on strong and signs of second leaves already appearing. I am going to leave them in the seed tray for a couple more weeks, watering regularly and occasionally feeding them. I have also been putting them in the sun – when its out! – and moving back by the radiator at night to give them a good start.

Now while most of the seedlings look strong and normal there are two who are already singled out as – er different. One has come up with three leaves, one normal leaf and a dual Siamese leaf – a freak of nature just like a four leaf clover. I don’t usually name plants (plants don’t have names!) but this one has to be called Lucky.

 

Another has come up with practically no leaves at all. I’m not sure what happened to them but it has nothing but one stumping half leaf. Other growers would probably get rid of this loser and concentrate on the winners but I like a challenge.

You can hardly see anything but that green dot is a chillie

I wonder if these two genetic freaks are a result of inbreeding my chillies for the past couple of years? And if it would be a good idea to buy some proper seeds and freshen up the gene pool??