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THE 2017 CHILLI THREAD

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    The new thread for 2017
     
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      2017 , Caramba ! :biggrin:
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        Do people soak their seed prior to sowing or not?
         
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          We just lay them on damp kitchen paper and put them in our seed sprouter.
           
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            I soak them in weak cold tea @burnie , as recommended on some Chilli sites. Seems to work :blue thumb:

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              I soaked them with 65° hot water, seems more efficient
               
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                it seems as though we all do different things and I'm sure that we all have good germination. :dbgrtmb:

                Maybe it's saying something about how easy it is to grow chillies. :)

                I find that the Naga varieties have about 75%-80% germination rate and the Shiney Hybrids have almost 100%.
                 
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                  I have seeds to spare, so I will do a trial with soaked and non soaked to see what works best for me, thanks all
                   
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                    Just for info on the varieties I mentioned above. With both varieties placed on damp kitchen paper in seed sprouters and kept in a fairly warm kitchen, the Nagas take about 7 - 10 days to germinate and the Shiney Hybrids take four days. :dbgrtmb:
                     
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                      The unsoaked seeds are now in the propagator, time will tell if this will work, I have seed available for the wet paper towel method next, followed finally by the soaked in cold tea last. Now is the tea Indian and do we need sugar?lol.
                       
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                        Just a used PG Tips tea bag is fine @burnie , make yourself a cuppa first !:blue thumb:

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                          Are they Indian chillies? :scratch:
                           
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                            Mrs Shiney put some of our ShineyHybrid seeds on kitchen paper, and in our seed sprouter, on the 26th and they have started to germinate. Not too bad a result as they've just been sitting on the kitchen worktop, so no extra heat. Not put any Nagas for germination yet.
                             
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                              I've never grown chillis before but I tried starting some off about 3 weeks ago and soaked them first before putting in the propagator, they didn't germinate at all so I put some more in the propagator unsoaked 2/3 days ago and they germinated yesterday!
                               
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                                Did you use Typhoo tea ? It only works with PG tips :biggrin:
                                It's probably down to the randomness of germination . I am sowing mine this weekend . I put them in the airing cupboard - they don't need light to germinate - this is around 30°c. Normally takes just over a week to show.
                                 
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                                  No tea at all just luke warm water, wasn't wasting my precious teabags on chillies! I don't even like them! They are being grown for my dad and sister.
                                  I have popped a thermometer in the propagator (it hasn't got a thermostat) and it's averaging around 20c, it can get up to 25c in the day and this is in an unheated porch :noidea: :smile:
                                   
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                                    I have green shoots from unsoaked seeds, when they are out of the propagator I will do a trial with some soaked seeds to see if I get any difference.
                                     
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                                      Trial and error i soak mine for 24 hours in mild warm tea or 3or4 hours in mild miltons fluid (basically bleach )what works for me might be death for others seedlings
                                       
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