Questions tagged [chili]

Common name for *Capsicum* plants of the *Solanaceae* (nightshade) family, grown for their often hot fruit.

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What factors affect the spiciness of jalapeños?

Researching growing jalapeños, I've seen people mention how water-starving your jalapeño plants can lead to spicier peppers. How true is this? If there's any truth to it, what tips can you provide ...
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How do I keep an indoor plant hydrated while I'm away?

I'm trying to grow chili plants in my dorm room. So far I'm just starting, so I have just four small pots (until they grow larger and I have to give them a bigger home). I'm usually away for only a ...
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What is the right way to pick peppers so the plant keeps producing?

Does it matter where on the stalk you cut or remove the fruit off the plant so that you don't suck away its future earning potential? Let's take the photo here, of a Cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum), ...
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Can jalapeños be grown from pickled jalapeño seeds?

I bought a bottle of pickled jalapeno today, and I see there are seeds inside them. It is hard for my local area to acquire jalapeno seeds, so I am wondering if it is possible to grow jalapenos from ...
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How do I grow chilis in limited light?

I have been growing a few varieties of chili pepper (incl. Scotch Bonnets) in my garden since April (Spring). Due to trees, other houses, etc., they only get about 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. ...
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What is happening to my chilli plant? How can I help it?

Some white spots appeared recently on my Twilight chilli plant (indoors), on some leaves brown spots start appearing in the middle. First I thought - aphids, but it doesn't quite look like insects. Or ...
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Why did my pepper plants suddenly shrivel?

I've been growing pepper and chili plants in a greenhouse on my balcony since March and they have been growing strong. However, I started a new job last week and have not had the time to tend to them. ...
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Why is my pepper plant dying?

I planted a capsicum/pepper plant about 5 months back and it's been growing well and producing a few fruits. I live in Melbourne, Australia and it's now Winter, and the plant now has lots of fruit, ...
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How should I store my chili seeds for planting next year?

Should I let the chili mature on the plant, cut it open and take the seeds, dry them and store in a cold, dark and dry place? Or is there more to it than that.
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When to harvest chilis? What happens if I don't? How can I store them?

My last chili experiment was some 5 years ago, when the dried results started to use up. So I went to buy 2 chili plants (habanero & jalapeno, both F1 hybrids) this European spring - and the ...
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Should I pick my peppers early or wait till they mature (ripen) on the plant?

I planted a small assortment of pepper plants a month ago, and I have a couple of small jalapeño and anaheim peppers hanging off of their respective plants. I'm wondering if I should go ahead and pick ...
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How can I speed up germination of habanero chili pepper?

I planted some habanero seeds a week ago. Most of the websites said it need 2 weeks to 3 weeks to germinate. What is the best condition for its germination? I am in Hong Kong and having a 29 degree ...
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What kind of chili turns brown and shrivels when ripening on the plant?

I have a few of these chili plants growing and they produce a longish (approx 4", sometimes curled chili that turns brown and begins to shrivel (slightly) when it ripens. It does not transition to a ...
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Can I cross pollinate basil and chili peppers?

If I want to plant 2 different species of chili pepper, should I be careful to prevent cross pollination? I heard that chili are self-pollinating, but I don't understand this. Wouldn't any plant ...
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Are chilis an annual plant?

Are chili plants an annual plant? I have read on the web that they are perennials. But mine have never lasted more than a year.
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What size of plant pot should I be using for young chili plants?

I have 4 small chili plants (sorry not sure what variety they are), they have 3 sets of leaves. I re-potted them from a seed tray about 2 weeks ago. I'm a bit concerned the plant pot is too big? When ...
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Why won't my pepper grow?

For the past three years (since I started gardening) I've tried with no luck to grow peppers. Two years ago I was able to grow a few pepper plants (out of many) but the peppers did not get very big. I'...
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Growing multiple pepper plants in one pot vs just one plant per pot

I'm a real hot chili lover, and yearly grow about 50 plants from about 10 varieties. I'm used to grow 3 plants (of the same variety) in a single 40 liter pot. While I do get good results, I'm still ...
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Will these Chili plants have enough time to flower and produce chilis?

I'm worried I might have planted my chilis too late. This is what they look like now, and there are 5-6 weeks left of summer here. Will they have enough time to produce chilies?
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When to plant chili seeds in the UK?

When is the best time to start germinating my chili seeds (various varieties) in order to make the most of next years growing season? I think I started too late this year and my crop has suffered. I ...
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How much heat can a cherry chili pepper withstand?

How about 45 to 49 degree Celsius? In the morning, usually the temperature is quite high, and sometimes it goes up to 40+. I help to lower the temperature in the morning just once before I go to work. ...
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How can I keep mockingbirds off potted plants (ornamental peppers)?

I have a rectangular pot on the deck full of ornamental peppers ('Poinsettia' and Chile Pequin "bird peppers"). As is typical of ornamental peppers, they're about a foot high and covered with small ...
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Am I doing the right thing with my chilli plants?

I have four chilli plants (Cayenne F1's) that I bought from a garden centre as seedlings back in April (I am in Scotland). When I say seedlings these plants were in tiny seedling growers and started ...
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How aggressively can you prune chilli plants?

I recently pruned my chilli plants after watching some videos on topping. I was more aggressive on plants where there were signs of new growth further down the stem. In other places, I left some side ...
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Carolina Chili fruit not turning red

I recently planted several types of chilli including the insanely hot Carolina reaper. Now the plants are doing well and one is producing a lot chilli fruits. However the fruits have not even ...
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Is September a good time to sow chili pepper seeds in Hong Kong?

I want to grow some habanero chili and jalapeño chili, but it is already September in Hong Kong. Although people said that chilis can't stand winter, I suspect the recent winter of Hong Kong is ...
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Chilli plant leaf curling

The leaf of my green chilli plant keep curling and wither away. I have tried treatment with neem oil pesticide /fungicide but it does not show any improvement The plant does not flower / produce ...
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Buds don't blossom on Chilli plant ( bud drop )

I have a green chilli plant. For the past 2 months, the flowers on the plant have never bloomed. There are a lot of buds but instead of blooming, they just dry off. What is going wrong? I water the ...
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What happened? - Chilli plants are developing spots on leaves and the edges are curling

I found some questions about other chilli plants, but I don't think the leaves look quite the same as mine, though it may be the same as the 2nd question posted. What is happening to my chilli plant? ...
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How do I prepare a chili plant for a second year's growth?

I have finally managed to make one of my chili plants (variety unknown) live into its second year! I've kept it indoors so far this winter. As it will be spring in a couple of months (I'm in the UK), ...
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Why are the leaves on my chilli plant turning 'silver'?

The leaves on my chilli plant have recently started turning silver, (as below), they also become thinner and have an 'elasticy' quality to them. Any idea what is causing this? Factors to consider: ...
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Brown spots around the veins on a hot pepper plant's leaves

I noticed this on some on my Carolina Reaper plants. A lot of the leaves have this kind of spots surrounding the midrib and the veins. The plants grow indoors in 5l pots but I kept them in the garden ...
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White crystal like spot on bottom side of chili leaves

I have a (thai) chili in my kitchen. It seems to be fine overall. One week ago I discovered some white spots on the bottom of the leaves (see image). Whatever it is it does not seem to be moving. It ...
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Why does my banana chili start to wilt and seem to die off when it reaches 500 mm high? [closed]

You can see the problem in the picture! I've grown chilies here for 25 years without problems.
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How can I tell if my chilli plant is perennial? [duplicate]

Last year, I got a chilli plant sapling from a family friend. It planted and grew quite well, yielding around three batches during the summer; the chillies are long, green, and turn a bright red if ...
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Are Ornamental chilies safe to eat?

I have a plant of ornamental chilies, which most probably they are little elf chilies. I would like to know if they are safe to eat and/or use them in cooking?
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What does soaking hot pepper seeds in weak tea accomplish?

I have seen a few chilli tutorials mention it is a good idea to soak chilli seeds in weak tea before planting them. Why do people do this and what does it supposedly achieve?
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Why has the stem of my chili plant split?

I have a couple of newish chili plants growing in pots on my windowsill, they're about 15cm or so tall and seemed to be doing well enough so far. However, this morning I've noticed that the stem at ...
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White, fur like strands and spots on underside of chilli plant leaves

I am growing scotch bonnet, jalapeno and cayenne pepper plants indoors from seed. The scotch bonnet plants have what looks like white fur growing around the veins on the underside of their leaves. ...
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Chilli Plant Leave Tips

My chilli plant is growing however the tips of the leaves are drying, any suggestions ? Is this normal ?
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Why have my chilli seedlings stopped growing?

6 days ago, I repotted some chilli seedlings after they started showing their 3rd pair of leaves. They were the biggest seedlings at the time. Since then they seemed to have stopped growing. These are ...
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When is the best time to harvest chilli peppers?

I'm wondering when my chilli plants start bearing fruit when would be the best time to harvest the fruit when the chillis are still green or when they change colour.
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What is the best light spectrum for growing chili peppers?

Natural light is best for plants during all growth phases, but I'll be growing indoors, It's a good idea to have a basic understanding of the light spectrum and how it affects plant growth, in order ...
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Is this chili plant dead?

I appreciate this is a hard question to answer, I just wanting to get people opinions on whether I can give up on these plants? I have another plant from the same crop and it still have one or two ...
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What kind of pest is this and how do I deal with it

My potted cayenne peppers have had problems with pests for about a year and a half. Does any one recognize it and know how to deal with it? The plants have been standing on a glazed balcony during ...
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Is this plant with paired lance-shaped leaves a green chilli?

I am a newcomer to Canada and have been experimenting with growing vegetables here in my garden. I did sow some seeds of chilli, pumpkin and tried with some potato as well. They seem to have come ...
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What kind of insect is this on my green chilli?

I have a green chilli plant that I bought a couple of weeks back. It seems to have some sort of insect over several of its leaves (see pics below). I am wondering if this is scale or spider or mite? ...
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Starting over pepper plants

This is my first year growing chili peppers in my hydroponic setup and I didn't have very good luck in terms of fruit. Most of my super-hots only dropped flowers, though I did get one singular ghost ...
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Why do small fruit fall off chilli plants?

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 ...
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Why are my chilli pepper leaves curling and new flowers are falling off?

Could you please tell me why my chilli pepper plant leaves are curling. The plant has grown to about 15" tall and has produced some chilli peppers. The peppers are already maturing but new flowers ...