Another Newbie

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by chillijon, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. chillijon

    chillijon New Member

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    Hi,

    Just joined. I’ve been growing Chillis for a couple of years. My aim has been to grow anything that survives the ups and downs of the British climate. No greenhouse and no polytunnel.

    This year is slightly mundane … Cheyenne, Umbrella, Super Chilli, Cayenne, Lemon Drop, Red Thai, Charleston Hot and Apache. For decoration I have Fairy lights, Peruvian Purple and Prairie Fire.

    Previous years have included: Fatalli, Masquerade, Scotch Bonnets, Birds Eye, NuMex Twilight and Purple Pete .…. and next year I aim to grow Ring O Fire, Purple Tiger, Kashmiri Mirch and Cajamarca.
     
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  2. Nathan

    Nathan Administrator

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    Hi Chillijon,

    Welcome to the forum.

    Nice selection you're growing. You say no greenhouse and no polytunnel, but have you given it some thought to try ?
     
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  3. chillijon

    chillijon New Member

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    Nathan,

    No room for a polytunnel. I admit to having a small unheated 4x6 polycarbonate greenhouse but the available space is small and to fit it in to a small garden location I have to locate it under a large Oak tree. Far from ideal but no choice. Ventilation is poor and the few Chillis I have located inside have always fallen foul of a dry powder fungal attack.

    I have some 160 to 180 plants on the go currently, predominantly Capsicum Annum varieties as they tend to flower and fruit early. A bonus in the short outdoor UK growing season. I find good old reliable Apache does pretty well but I am struggling with Umbrella. Lemon Drop is suffering badly with the bottom leaves turning yellow due to the wet climate.

    I keep the drainage good by mixing in large quantities of horticultural sand. So when it does get hot and dry up, there is a risk of insufficient moisture. Strangely this year has not seen that problem:(
     
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