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This is a step by step photographic tutorial on how to grow chillies. I hope all the pictures attached here help you in growing chillies!
First, wet the seeds nicely and sow them in soil at a depth of about 1 cm.
Once the plant grows big enough it will start flowering. Small white flowers will bloom. They'll eventually fall off within 7-10 days.
Once the flower falls off a small baby chilli will start growing in its place.
Keep watering and nourishing the plant and this chilli will grow bigger and bigger.
Once the chilli is about 5-7 cms long you can pluck it to cook with it. However, If you want it to be spicier you can leave it on the plant itself.
Slowly the colour of the chilli will turn from green to red. The redder it gets the hotter it is.
Chillies, chiles or hot peppers, these spicy fruits are important in cooking across the globe. Learn how to grow them in this short video.
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How do I look after a potted chile plant? If any one has any ideas I'd be most grateful. It has little white flowers but the chiles that were growing have all shrivelled up! It is the only plant in my flat, and deserves a good life! Many thanks in advance!
Julie (near London)
Make sure the pot is large enough - supermarkets usually force plants to look saleable, but they're usually set in small pots and very dry. Chillies need a lot of water, especially when they're fruiting, and at this time also feed with a good liquid tomato feed.
Keep it in a very bright window or give it direct sunlight if the weather is above 50°. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch of your finger. Don't worry about the chili fruits, it is natural for them to dry up. The fact that your plant is blooming means it is happy and wants to make more chilies! Congratulations!
Good advice from English Guest--this is just an added thought. I have a 6 yr old chile plant that I bring inside in the winter, and once the peppers turn red, they do shrivel up and fall off after awhile. This may be part of what is happening with Julie's plant. It is quite normal for mine to have the peppers in all stages, from white flowers, green peppers, red peppers, to the ones falling on the floor. But, as English guest says, the plant dries out very fast. If this is happening, the leaves will be noticibly wilted also.
My chile plants that I have had for years that always produced red chiles are now producing brown chiles. It kind of appears to be only where the sun gets on the fruit, for example on the top and not the bottom. Have my chile plants gotten some kind of disease?
By Angela from Vic, Australia
Mine look kind of like that. I'm in hot Arizona and I think they are getting a sunburn. We have eaten them without problems. You might take one to a plant nursery in your area and ask them if you should worry.