Growing chillies indoors


Joined
Nov 27, 2012
Messages
10
Reaction score
0
Last year I planted some chillies in pots on the windowsill of my guest bedroom, as it's like a sun trap. I got plants, and leaves, albeit it long and thin - there wasn't much 'bushiness' going on, but very few chillies. Out of five plants I think I got around 15 chillies, which was really disappointing. Any ideas what I may have done wrong? I didn't actually feed the plants, I just watered them - could that have been the problem?
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Oct 27, 2012
Messages
965
Reaction score
241
I grow chilles all year round. I do almost the same thing except that I add some compost every now and then to my plant. I get about 1Kg of chillies from one plant. I keep giving it away to my friends. As I cannot use that much.
 
Joined
Nov 5, 2012
Messages
43
Reaction score
12
Location
Malaysia
Not too sure about the chillies you have there but the species that we have here needs a lot of sun. They just don't do well in the shade. Once I did come across one species that came from the highlands. That particular species was acclimatized to growing without much sunshine. I have tried growing it under the shade of big trees and it thrived.
 
Joined
Oct 27, 2012
Messages
965
Reaction score
241
Maddie, I did have the plants in organic compost. Should I have kept repotting them into bigger pots?
Rachel, that could depend on the varieties. A moderately sized pot is generally enough to grow chilies. Sunlight is important.. but for a plant to produce more vegetables or flowers you need to feed it some nutrients. This is true especially of plants in containers. I prefer to go organic with my vegetables while I use chemical fertilizers for my flowering plants.
 
Joined
Nov 5, 2012
Messages
43
Reaction score
12
Location
Malaysia
Just curious. What kind of organic fertilizer do you use? Here we have organic fertilizer made basically from goat's droppings. When I was living in the countryside, I used the goat droppings unprocessed, more or less, from the source.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Nov 27, 2012
Messages
10
Reaction score
0
Victor, as I mentioned in my first post I didn't fertilise, I planted them in organic compost and then just watered them. I will probably feed them with a liquid fertiliser next year to see if that helps. Can't hurt I guess!
 
Joined
Nov 5, 2012
Messages
43
Reaction score
12
Location
Malaysia
Organic compost? That's a very good start. So did you make the organic compost yourself? Or is it sold in the stores? I have not seen any organic compost being sold around here yet. Only organic fertilizer so far. The government is giving a lot of incentives to companies producing organic fertilizers.
 
Joined
Oct 27, 2012
Messages
965
Reaction score
241
Just curious. What kind of organic fertilizer do you use? Here we have organic fertilizer made basically from goat's droppings. When I was living in the countryside, I used the goat droppings unprocessed, more or less, from the source.
I use kitchen waste for my composting.. But I usually buy vermicompost for my veggies as my home made compost is never enough. No, I do not use dung of any kind as I do not want the smell to spread into my home..
 
Joined
Nov 3, 2014
Messages
189
Reaction score
34
Country
South Africa
Last year I planted some chillies in pots on the windowsill of my guest bedroom, as it's like a sun trap. I got plants, and leaves, albeit it long and thin - there wasn't much 'bushiness' going on, but very few chillies. Out of five plants I think I got around 15 chillies, which was really disappointing. Any ideas what I may have done wrong? I didn't actually feed the plants, I just watered them - could that have been the problem?
I grew a chilli plant in the garden and it really grew quickly. I got a few chillies out of it until the monekys came and decided to eat what was left and then damaged the plant. Paprika chillie grows nicely in the garden and I have also tried growing it indoors now but it doesnt seem to be doing too well there.
 
Joined
Feb 2, 2014
Messages
9,490
Reaction score
4,417
Location
Tarpley Tx
Hardiness Zone
8b
Country
United States
I grew a chilli plant in the garden and it really grew quickly. I got a few chillies out of it until the monekys came and decided to eat what was left and then damaged the plant. Paprika chillie grows nicely in the garden and I have also tried growing it indoors now but it doesnt seem to be doing too well there.
You probably are not getting good pollination indoors or lack of proper sunlight
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Nov 3, 2014
Messages
189
Reaction score
34
Country
South Africa
I think it might bethe lack of sunlight because the kitchen doesn't have sunlight all day long, only in the mornings. I have placed one in the office near the window that gets sun all day long and will see how it goes. Hopefully I will be using those chillies for Christmas.
 
Joined
Sep 20, 2012
Messages
5,377
Reaction score
1,819
Hardiness Zone
7a
Country
Poland
There are many different varieties of chillies. Maybe yours doesn't bear a lot of fruits. Start fertilizing it regularly. This won't do any harm and might do some good. Growing chilli plants indoors is definitely possible.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Mar 26, 2013
Messages
3,041
Reaction score
1,287
Location
Port William
Showcase(s):
1
Country
United Kingdom
Some chilli plants are just naturally bigger than others.
I grow chenzo chillis as the plants are compact, suit windowsill growing, and give hundreds of fruit!
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top