My chilli plants are flowering and producing fruit now.
However, some of the very young fruit regularly fall off. They are not very big, probably no more than 2mm in diameter. But they definitely taste of chillies.
On some plants the rate of successful fruit out number the rate of failed fruit, on other plants it's the other way around.
Is there something that can be done to improve the rate of successful fruit?
Or is this just the way of chilli plants?
So here are pictures I took this morning. all my plants sit on the balcony, but the glass on the railing is tinted. I can get ull sun light by moving my plants back from the railing.
I've actually done some comparisons and it seems like the tint filters out enough light, that if I move my plants into full sun, they can get sunburnt.
Here's a slightly yellow stem. This will probably fall off in the next few days. The stem will detach from the plant. There's a tiny little nub of a chilli in there.
I'm in Sydney and the weather is pretty crazy at the moment.
I have been hand pollinating and just seeing how things progress. More flowers started turning into fruit but I also had more tiny buds drop off. Then there was a huge storm and the temperature dropped quite drastically for a couple of days and there was a lot of yellowing of leaves.
At this stage I think it's the temperature fluctuations giving me issues.