WeGrowOurOwn – How To Grow Your Own Chillies – Part 3

by wegrowourown on April 5, 2011 · 1 comment

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llowing on from my video blogs giving tips on how to get your chilli seeds to germinate, and also how to make sure they grow from tiny seedlings into big healthy chilli plants, this video blog explains what to do when your chilli plants starts developing flowers. The flowers are crucial, as they turn into chillies when the flowers have been pollinated.

If your chillies are planted outside then hopefully Mother Nature, with the help of bees and insects will have done the job of pollinating the flowers for you.

However, if your plants are indoors, or in a greenhouse, you will need to give them a helping hand, otherwise those flowers will not develop into chillies.

The first method is rubbing your little finger inside the flower, then doing the same in another flower on the same plant. Alternatively, you can do the same thing with the humble cotton bud. If you watch the video, it will all make sense!

After a while, you will notice that the flowers that have been pollinated will start to turn brown, and eventually drop off. DON’T PANIC! All that is happening here is that a chilli is now starting to push through the flower, and you are well on the way to your first harvest of chillies!

There will be some further chilli related video blogs later on in the year, but if anyone would like to see anything specific relating to chillies, leave a comment below and I will try my best to answer it in a video blog.

In the meantime, happy chilli growing!

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