I have started a small project – Growing my own chili’s.


I have started a small project. Growing my own chili’s. It doesn belong to this site exactly but when I can start harvest my chili’s and making something out of them I’m going to use some kitchen appliances.

It’s nice to grow your own stuff. Then you can say that it is totally home made and taken straight from the tree. Unfortunately it’s a little problem when I’m working at sea to take care of them but that problem is solvable in one way or another. There is self watering pots that you can use and I will have someone going to my apartment and looking after them ones a week.

Soil

The soil that you use is very important. Don’t take soil directly from outside, because it will bring in all kinds of bacteria, germs and mold with it. That’s not what you want inside your house and it affects your plants very badly in the end.

It is recommended that you use bagged growing soil that you can buy in any plant store or at the supermarket. That soil is normally in bags that are properly sealed and should not have any unwanted stuff in it.

Before planting the seeds in to the soil you should preemoisturize it so it’s prepared to suck up the water when you add after planting the seeds. If you plant the seeds in dry soil all the water will go straight trough and end up in the bottom of the pot, where it’s not doing any good to the plant.

Light and heat


As all plants in the start up phase they need lots of light and heat. It’s recommended that you have about 22 – 25 Celsius in the room that you grow them in. Therefore, it is not so nice to have them in the same room that you are sleeping in.

A proper daylight lamp is also good to have to give them the light that they need, if you live in a place where it is less than8 – 10 hours of daylight in February – March. Where I live it’s about 6 – 7 hours of daylight this time of the year so I have to use a lamp to get them growing properly.

The ideal place to have them in is in a window, with a heating element under. There you get the heat and the light naturally, and the only thing you need to have is a lamp over the plants for morning and evening time. That’s the ideal solution for growing in the start.

The growing process

Different chilies grows in different speed. It can take from 1 week up to 4 or 5 weeks until you start to see something coming up from the soil. It is also very much depending on the temperature and the light you give them.

When you start up you can have the seeds in a cup of water with some baking soda a few days before you plant them in to the soil, to preegrow them a title bit. Then you get a faster growing process. I did not do that so I recon it will take around 3 – 4 weeks before I se something poke trough the soil.

Some also say that you should give them some fertilizer before they start growing to get some more growing speed, but others say not to doe it. I went for the not doe it way , and that’s the way most people say you should doe it.

Also watering is a big thing in this. When you put the seeds in the soil you should give them a good watering, but chili plant like a title bit dry ones and a while, so don’t water again before you se that the top of the soil gets dry.

Fertilizer

Chili grows best in a soil that is between 5,5 to 6,5 PH, so when it starts growing you might want to start put in some liquid fertilize after a while. When the plant is growing it sucks the soil dry of nutrition so after about 3 – 4 weeks depending on the size of your pot you need to start adding.

It’s then best to find some liquid fertilizer that has the proper PH level (5,5 – 6,5). It’s best to add a small dose every time you add water to the plant than give it a huge doze once every week.

If you relocate your plants to bigger pots, it’s not recommended tat you add fertilizer before 1 week after to get the plants settled in to their new environment.

Moving the plants outside

When you move your plants/pots outside it is very important that you get them accustomed to the sunshine and the temperature and the weather in general.

Start with having them outside for 15 minutes every day for 2 – 3 days and then add on 15 minutes every day after that. If you leave them outside for too long the first days there is a big possibility that the plants will die because of too much sun, the plants get a sunburn. If you slowly get them accustomed to the environment they will start adapting to the change and after a while you can leave them out 24 hours. When you leave them outside overnight it is important that the night temperature doesn’t go under 15 degrees Celsius.

Conclusion

If you want to grow your own chilies it’s only to start. The seeds does not cost much, pots and soil is not expensive either. It’s not so very complicated. There is a few steps to follow if you want to succeed but if you do those you can make it happen. Proper soil and when you move them out you should get them accustomed to the environment, and you should have your own chilies after 3 – 4 months.

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