The Chilli Challenge March Update

Southbourne Gardens

A progress report from Derek today for the Chilli Challenge March Update.


Hi, Derek here.


For sowing the seeds I used John Innes No1 compost in individual fibre pots, with the seeds placed on the surface and then enough fine grit just to cover them. The electric propagator was kept damp creating a warm, humid environment.  Whilst reliable on the whole it has been difficult to balance the needs of the first varieties to germinate with those that were slower, as once germinated the seedlings prefer to be in a free-air environment and don’t need the humidity.

The other challenge is that window cill space and therefore good quality light is in short supply. There have been a lot of grey overcast days and our windows are east, west facing. We’ve had to move things around a lot to try avoid seedlings getting ‘leggy’.


Germination seems to have…

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