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Hi all,

I planted chilli pepper seeds on 20th March and I've attached a picture now.

I've watered them regularly and kept them in my conservatory where it's warm. I read that feeding them a standard fertizer was alright so once a week they get that.

However they don't look 'bushy' and appear to just be a load of big leaves, am I doing something wrong?
 

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I can see some flowers at the very top!!!

It feels odd that the rest is just leaves but I will stick with it.....
 

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I can see some flowers at the very top!!!

It feels odd that the rest is just leaves but I will stick with it.....
That's the way pepper plants grow. It will spread out and have multiple limbs with flowers the older it gets. You will soon have to repot into a larger container.
 
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Update- we have chillis! It was so exciting, my dad couldn't believe it when I showed him!

No idea at what point they are ready, if they change colour etc. The packet literally said chilli seeds. I will keep an eye on them.
 

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Update- we have chillis! It was so exciting, my dad couldn't believe it when I showed him!

No idea at what point they are ready, if they change colour etc. The packet literally said chilli seeds. I will keep an eye on them.
They look like Cayenne's at this point. When they are at their best is when they are red but you can eat them anytime. If they are cayennes it is a medium hot pepper that is used mainly dried in cooking.
 
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Ah OK, well I'm in no rush so I will just watch and enjoy! Thanks Chuck
 
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I did some more digging and discovered these are Romital F1 chilli's. Again it says they are best red. As you can see from the picture some are pretty big, anyone got experiences with this kind, I can't imagine them going red and don't want to leave them to spoil if they are good to go?

My thumb is on pic for size reference!
 

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I did some more digging and discovered these are Romital F1 chilli's. Again it says they are best red. As you can see from the picture some are pretty big, anyone got experiences with this kind, I can't imagine them going red and don't want to leave them to spoil if they are good to go?

My thumb is on pic for size reference!
Yep, that is a hybrid of cayenne and is a hot pepper. Don't worry, they will not spoil while on the plant. They will turn red. Hope you like hot and spicy.
 
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Well my dad likes spicy so can make him some chilli jam or something! I can take heat but not take your face off heat!

I've read about drying them to preserve too so may try that.
 
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Well my dad likes spicy so can make him some chilli jam or something! I can take heat but not take your face off heat!

I've read about drying them to preserve too so may try that.
These peppers are thin walled, meaning that they have very little "flesh" like a bell pepper does. Mainly they are dried and then crumbled up and used as a spice or not drying them and cutting them into pieces for cooking. I don't know if you could make a jam out of them or not like you can with a jalapeno. A hot jalapeno has a Scoville rating of about 50000 and this pepper has one about 100000, so it is twice as hot as a jalapeno. About the only difference I can see between the Romital and a Cayenne is that the Romital gets longer, about 6 inches, while a Cayenne gets to about 4-5 inches.
 
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Wow I didn't know that, thank you!

Whilst I have you, I don't suppose you know when to harvest a runner bean? I read that it was when it was about 15cm long but they seem a bit thin. I was expecting it to be more braod bean like before I harvested?

Again thumb pic for size reference!
 

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Wow I didn't know that, thank you!

Whilst I have you, I don't suppose you know when to harvest a runner bean? I read that it was when it was about 15cm long but they seem a bit thin. I was expecting it to be more braod bean like before I harvested?

Again thumb pic for size reference!
It is probably just the variety that makes you think it is thin. And about 15cm (6) inches is normal. I would guess that this is a snap bean and if it snaps easily instead of just bending it is ready to pick. It looks like one of them is ready to pick. Here in Texas broad beans are usually harvested when either dried or fully matured in their husk and the beans are usually much bigger. Green beans on the other hand are harvested for their husks and for their beans. The beans are not fully matured yet and the green husks are still tender. Once they reach the stage of bending instead of snapping the husk is sometimes stringy and or tough and not very palatable and only the beans are consumed. The beans are not fully matured yet. The fully matured beans are dried in the husks.
 
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Thank you so much for your knowledge. These runner beans are a hybrid and are stringless, which I was drawn to as I agree they can go quite tough and unpalatable.

I will harvest some in a couple of days, there will be enough for tea!
 
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If they look like they'd be nice to eat, take them.
Pick them small. Pick them every other day.
You'll have so many that you won't know what to do with them, so don't take a chance on them going past it.
They'll be delicious now; they'd be unpalatable then.
Pick every other day to maximise the crop.
 
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Be very careful grinding cayenne peppers, especially if you have get a lot - like I did last year. Use a sealed device such as a blender, small blade type coffee grinder, or Nutribullet type. Don't use a food processor!!! They are not sealed and will fill you kitchen with airborne cayenne pepper - trust me! You pepper plant look great. They are typically slow starters. I grow all kinds from sweet peppers to scotch bonnets and Carolina reapers.
 
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One if my pepper plants- I lost the label so not sure if sweet or romital-the flowers And stalks keep falling off so no peppers, any ideas?
 

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One if my pepper plants- I lost the label so not sure if sweet or romital-the flowers And stalks keep falling off so no peppers, any ideas?
There are 5 main reasons peppers drop their blooms. The most common is over watering. The second is poor pollination. Peppers are self pollinating but if pollen drop is not correct the pollen does not get into the blooms pistil. You can pretty much fix this by shaking the plant a few times per day and/or installing a fan close by. A less likely reason is temperatures. A pepper plant can survive and grow in temps of high 90'sF - 100+F, but being in the UK I doubt this is applicable. Also, a big change in temps can cause bloom drop as well as big changes in humidity. Another reason is too much nitrogen fertilizer but your plant doesn't look like it has nitrogen toxicity. A lessor reason are mites and thrips but your plant doesn't show any signs of them either. So, IMO you are keeping the soil to wet or the plant isn't pollinating correctly.

Humidity is many times a factor when one is growing different varieties of peppers. Some varieties are just more sensitive to humidity changes than others.
 
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I grow chilis and bell peppers of various types every year (no cayennes this year, still over loaded from last year!). A couple of things I have found to work well, sometimes dramatically, are an occasional dose of epsom salts for the nitrogen absorption problem (like tomatoes), and garden lime/calcium. We have a very low humidity climate here, they are irrigated with automatic sprinklers twice a day (growing in raised beds) and our temperatures often go well over 100F. They are slow starters but once they get going they are pretty hardy. My lone scotch bonnet this year had been less than 1" tall for weeks - in fact a couple of 2 months, being started from seed in doors. It finally took off after the first lime and epsom salts treatment. I noticed the callaloo liked it too - first time I have grown it.
 
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