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Birds eye chilli plant care
How do you love your bird’s eye chilli? I’m sure that many of us grow it for ornamental purposes, but I’m equally sure that many of you grow it for the tasty fruit it produces. (The ‘fruit’ is the seed pod, which can be eaten after the seed has been harvested.)
As the plants in this post are quite sensitive to environmental conditions, they need more care than usual. So let’s take the chilli plant apart, starting at the root:
The chilli plant (sometimes called a chilli pepper, though chilli fruits are not actually a pepper) is a member of the nightshade family of plants, along with tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, tomatillos, and capsicum. I’m sure there are some others, and it’s probably useful to know the relationships between them.
The chilli plant can grow a long way, up to about 2 metres high. It can be grown in a pot or on a sunny windowsill. If you don’t have a greenhouse, try one of these methods:
I have a greenhouse, and growing the chilli indoors is easy, and safe. The only problem is that I want more chilli plants!
Chilli isn’t a very hard plant to grow, but there are a few special issues for it:
Chilli is a ‘long fruit’ plant, and is therefore best grown from a cuttings plant, rather than from seed. The seeds have a long period of dormancy, but it is possible to sow them into a pot and grow them indoors in winter. (We tried this for some years with no success.) In winter you can plant the cuttings outdoors in a small container, and grow them on, protected from frost. By spring they should be producing the cuttings you need.
Chillies need hot, dry summers, and a little rain. The soil should never be flooded, or the roots will rot.
Chillies also need good ventilation, so they don’t get too hot.
Chilli like a lot of light, but also likes warmth.
Chillies don’t like wet feet, so get some kind of pot that the plant can stand up in, and try to keep it out of the bathroom.
You should also make sure that it’s completely free of weeds.
Chillies like soil that has lots of air pockets, and that is well-drained, because if they rot the stem of the plant, the plants are also very likely to die.
Chilli is very fussy about what it can eat:
Chilli likes the same kind of soil as tomatoes, and they should be grown together. It’s probably best not to try grow chillies on a different kind of soil.
Chillies don’t like hot, wet soil: they will rot in wet soil.
Chillies don’t like frost, either. They like it a little bit cool, but not freezing.
Some crops are members of the cabbage family.
(If you want to see what they look like, see the pictures for broccoli and cauliflower.)
Cabbage plants are fairly fussy about what they can eat, and they don’t like too much rain, or they will rot.
Cabbage also like sun and well-drained soil, and that is why they grow well in gardens.
They are also happy in pots and even planters, but do best when grown in the ground.
Cabbage needs a constant supply of water, but not too much: they will rot when they get too dry.
Some cabbages are ready to harvest just as they are big enough to eat, but this is not the case with all cabbages. Sometimes, you have to wait until they are almost fully grown before they can be picked.
You might need to pick them when they are a certain size. For example, a purple cabbage needs to be big enough to fill up a bunch of leaves before it is ready.
Cabbage, like tomatoes and chillies, likes similar conditions. They also like a sunny spot, and they should be grown together.
Cabbages can be grown in the ground, and they will store well if you leave the heads on the plants.
Cabbages can be frozen and stored, but they keep better if they are cut up before they are frozen.
Cabbages prefer rich, well-drained soil, and they like a constant supply of water.
As always, check on all the different varieties, and choose the ones that do best in the conditions that you have available.
You can grow them from seed, but it might take a while before you have a good crop of cabbages. If you grow them from seed, be sure to start them early in the spring so that they have time to germinate before the frosts start.
It is also important to make sure that you don’t overcrowd them. Make sure that they have at least 3 or 4 leaves to a plant, so that they can grow.
If you are growing a plant from a seed packet, it might not produce right away, and it could be that the seeds you are planting are weak.
It can take up to 6 months before the cabbages start producing. But even after they are growing, it might take a while to harvest.
You will know when it is time to harvest them because the leaves will get smaller, and you will need to keep the soil moist so that the cabbages don’t get too hot. If you want your cabbage to taste nice and crispy, then you will want to harvest it when it is cold outside.
And when you are ready to harvest the cabbages, don’t leave them in the ground for too long. Try to let them have a week or two of good quality soil, then give them a good mulching.
They won’t keep well in the ground for longer than that. If you want to be sure that you won’t run out of good cabbage, then you should take them right away.
How to Grow Cabbage
To grow cabbage successfully, you need a couple of things:
Cabbage requires warm weather and well-drained soil.
Cabbage needs warm weather so that the leaves will develop.
Cabbage also needs well-drained soil because cabbage roots have a tendency to grow big. Cabbage prefers soil that has been recently tilled.However, it is fine to harvest and store the cabbage before the weather has changed, because it will not grow in poor soil.
If you live in a very cold climate, then you will need to bring your cabbage indoors so that it can get some warm sunlight.
If you choose to grow cabbage in a cold climate, then you need to let the soil warm up before you transplant the seedlings. The best way to do this is to put a heating pad underneath your soil. Alternatively, you can put an electric blanket on the ground.
The best time to plant cabbage is in spring or early summer. If you can start your cabbages indoors in seed trays, then you will have a good crop of cabbages even when the weather outside is cool.
Sow cabbage seeds indoors about 5 weeks before the last spring frost and put them in rows 18