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Treat Em Mean & Keep Em Keen

Back in April I talked about how some Super Chilli F1 seedling got badly scorched after I left the propagator they were in on a sunny windowsill on a particularly hot day. Seedlings that are so small are incredibly susceptible to a change in their environment as i found out to my cost.

As you can see from the pictures on the original post the seed leaves were burnt off the seedlings all together and as a result I was pretty sure they would not survive.

After re-potting them I put them under my grow lights in the hope they’d recover. Well, four months on and I’m glad to report that the plants have made a remarkable recovery. As you can see in the picture below both of the plants are now bursting with fruit and looking incredibly healthy.

Scorched F1 Super Chilli

Although the fruit are not quite ripe i tried one last night and am glad to report the chillies pack quite a punch. Not only this but they look about the healthiest of all of my plants!

This goes to show that you should never give up on chilli plants that appear to be beyond saving. In fact the same thing happened with one of the Scotch Bonnet plants I over wintered. Chilli plants are incredibly resiliant. I’ve heard a few people say that pepper plants like to be ill treated. I think this is evidence that it is true.

Chillies With No Heat?

From time to time i hear of people being upset when chillies they’ve grown contain no heat at all. One reason often quoted is over watering. Some say that if you treat a chilli plant mean and only water it when really dry then the heat within the fruit intensifies. I’ve not seen any conclusive evidence that reducing watering increases heat but feel it may have an effect.

What do you think – does watering affect the heat in the chillies the plant produces? Leave a comment below.

2 comments… add one
  • Staffy50 May 27, 2012, 6:23 pm

    Nice post, im growing some Trinidad scorpions at the moment and i’ll water one less to see if it makes any difference.

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