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Potting-up Chilli seedlings

Saturday, March 18, 2017 5:34
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A few weeks ago when I sowed my chilli seeds, I put 6 seeds in each 5-inch / 15cm pot. Germination has been variable. In most cases it has been good (6 or 5 seeds germinated), but in one or two cases I have only had one germination. The pots with the 5s and 6s were getting crowded, so I realised that it was time to transplant the seedlings to individual pots.

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This pot holds 5 seedlings – one of which is very small (bottom left)

This year I am trying to be “sensible” with my chillis and not grow too many, so there is no way I can keep ALL the seedlings. I decided for now to keep a maximum of 3 of each type, and discard the surplus. This is basically “One for me; one as a spare; and one to give away”. So, I had to make a selection. I chose the best / strongest-looking seedling to be the one to keep, and this one got re-potted in the 5″ pot. The next-best two seedlings were put into some of those tall thin Elmlea pots that I use.

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The biggest advantage of the Elmlea pots is that although they are tall (allowing good long roots to develop) they are narrow, so I can fit lots of them in my Growlight House.

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Even so, there are too many pots now, and they don’t all fit inside the “House”. These ones are on the outside, but in a position where they can still benefit from a high proportion of the electric light available.

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The bad news is that there are loads more to come. Some of the seedlings are not yet big enough to transplant, so I will have to repeat this exercise in a week or so…

If things go according to plan, I will end up with about 12 (well, possibly 15) chilli plants. Some of the seeds I sowed have yet to germinate, so I can’t be sure.

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Source: http://marksvegplot.blogspot.com/2017/03/potting-up-chilli-seedlings.html

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