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Chilli Grow Calendar 2020

What to do and when?  We will try and take some of the guess work out of it for you.  Below is a guide to make sure you are in the right place at about the right time.


January

To Do List

  • Sow c.chinense,  c.baccatum and c.frutescens variety seeds.  26-30 degrees C, with high humidity, until the majority of seedlings break the surface.  Click here more information on sowing chilli seeds.
  • Ensure all seedlings are appropriately labelled.  Make records or take photographs in case of accidents.

Monitor

  • Monitor light, temperature, moisture and check for pests and signs of damping off.
  • Monitor germination rates.  Any varieties failing to germinate can be re-sown after approximately 2 or 3 weeks.

     

    February

    To Do List

    • Sow c.annuum variety seeds.  26-30 degrees C, with high humidity, until the majority of seedlings break the surface.  Click here for more information on growing chilli seeds.
    • Pot on c.chinense and c.baccatum seedlings, sown in January, when they reach the required size.  Further information on potting on can be found here.

    Monitor

    • Monitor light, temperature, moisture and check for pests and signs of damping off.
    • Monitor germination rates.  Any varieties failing to germinate can be re-sown after approximately 2 or 3 weeks.

      March

      To Do List

      • Pot on c.annuum or other seedlings, as necessary, when they reach the required size.  Further information on potting on can be found here.
      • Last chance to sow or re-sow seeds.
      • Pinch out early flowers, so plants can concentrate energy on vegetative growth.

      Monitor

      • Monitor light, temperature, moisture and check for pests.
      • Remain vigilant for signs of damping off and cold damage.

        April

        To Do List

        • Start gradually hardening off small plants.  Take your time and don’t cut corners.
        • Pinch out early flowers, so plants can concentrate energy on vegetative growth.

        Monitor

        • Slowly introduce a weak nitrogen rich feed.  Further information on feeding can be found here.
        • Monitor leaf health for signs of over feeding.
        • Keep a keen eye on the local forecasts, especially late frosts.  Remain vigilant for pests.

          May

          To Do List

          • Clean and tidy final grow areas, greenhouses etc,  Prepare required equipment like pots, composts and feeds.
          • Pot on into final pots.  (6-25 litre pots)  Remember new compost usually has some feed incorporated in it.  Further information can be found here.
          • Place in final grow area after all chance of frost has gone.
          • Now outside, consider a plan to deal with slugs and snails, using your preferred method.
          • Weekly foliar sprays with a seaweed/kelp based product can help keep plants strong, green and help with flowering.

          Monitor

          • Monitor growth, feed and pests. Monitor last minute frosts.
          • Gradually increase the strength of the feed.

            June

            To Do List

            • As plants begin to flower, plan isolation of any special varieties or crosses.
            • Consider adding support to tall, or heavy fruiting varieties, with canes or similar.
            • Pick small, ripe, early fruits to invigorate the plant to produce full size fruits.
            • Weekly foliar sprays with a seaweed/kelp based product can help keep plants strong, green and help with flowering.
            • Consider making your own crosses and have a go.

            Monitor

            • Monitor flowering.
            • Switch to, or add, a high potassium feed to help increase flowering.  Less is more to start with and gradually increase.  `More information on feeding can be found here.
            • Monitor for pests like Red Spider Mite or Aphids.  

              July

              To Do List

              • Harvest and process fruits.
              • Consider making your own crosses.
              • Pick small, ripe, early fruits to invigorate the plant to produce full size fruits.
              • Weekly foliar sprays with a seaweed/kelp based product can help keep plants strong, green and help with flowering.

              Monitor

              • Monitor crossed plants for loss of flower buds.  Further crossing attempts as required.
              • Monitor for pests like Red Spider Mite or Aphids.

                August

                To Do List

                • Harvest and process fruits.
                • Consider pruning plants to increase light levels and air flow to established and emerging fruits.
                • Weekly foliar sprays with a seaweed/kelp based product can help keep plants strong, green and help with flowering.

                Monitor

                • Monitor crossed plants for loss of flower buds.
                • Monitor watering and prevent plants drying out in the heat.
                • Monitor for pests like Red Spider Mite or Aphids.

                  September

                  To Do List

                  • Harvest and process fruits.
                  • Consider lightly pruning plants to increase light levels and improve air flow to established and emerging fruits.
                  • Consider fortnightly applications of a foliar feed, high in calcium, to prevent blossom end rot.
                  • Fortnightly foliar sprays with a seaweed/kelp based product can help keep plants strong, green and help with flowering.
                  • Collect seeds from favourite varieties, isolated stock and your crosses.

                  Monitor

                  • Monitor temperature, pests, air flow and signs of blossom end rot.

                    October

                    To Do List

                    • Harvest and process fruits.
                    • Consider pruning plants to increase light levels and air flow to established and emerging fruits.
                    • Take cuttings and prepare plants to be overwintered.
                    • Consider fortnightly applications of a foliar feed, high in calcium, to prevent blossom end rot.
                    • Collect seeds from favourite varieties, isolated stock and your crosses.

                    Monitor

                    • Monitor temperature, pests, air flow and signs of blossom end rot.
                    • Monitor first frost dates, in your area.

                      November

                      To Do List

                      • Harvest and process fruits.
                      • Take cuttings and prepare plants to be overwintered.
                      • Remove/dispose of plants, tidy grow area.
                      • Obtain seeds for next years grow.
                      • Collect seeds from favourite varieties, isolated stock and your crosses.

                      Monitor

                      • Monitor temperature, pests, air flow and signs of blossom end rot.

                        December

                        To Do List

                        • Obtain seeds for next years grow.
                        • Prepare seed equipment, trays, labels, lights etc,.
                        • Sow c.pubescens seeds in December or January.

                        Monitor

                        • Monitor new seedlings, light, temperature and moisture levels.
                        • Be vigilant for signs of damping off and cold damage.