19 January 2010

Sowing and growing capsicum

Chili is sensitive when germinating and as seedling but will toughen up with age. They like to be kept warm and light. Re-pot in a small pot at first, the big plant should ideally have a 10 liter pot. I've noticed that they like a lot of sun although can burn when you first put them outside so take it slow. Also, windy places are not preferred. I found some general information on temperatures and time frames on the net:

Temperature for germinating, 25-30°C
Germinating, up to 35 days
Transplanting to fruiting, 120+ days
Temperature for plant, 18°C+
Avoid wet soil otherwise the seed can rot
Avoid draughts when the plant is young

Sources:
www.nickys-nursery.co.uk
www.chillifarm.com

There are also nice guides to growing chili here and here.