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  • Lantern (orange) October sown.

    I've a soft spot for this variety and although this started as a seed germination test, seeds are from 2015. But inspired by Clumsy, I've decided to grow a couple of plants on! Istarted them off on paper and then transferred a few sprouting seedlings to a pot.

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    I normally start them on a damp cloth when I have all the seeds I want germinating quickly, that way you know which will grow or germinated. I'm thinking of investing in grow light for the chilli's.

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    • #3
      Good advice.
      I think Grow lights make such a difference to out of season growing and seed starting, pricey, but if you want to go down that route, you won't look back.

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      • Galina
        Galina commented
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        Do you think we could get away with using an anglepoise lamp and just buy growlight bulbs

      • jayb
        jayb commented
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        I didn't know those type of lamps were called anglepoise! Yes, I don't see why not, though I have no experience of using them. Grow lamps/lights need to be quite close to the plants, so the area they illuminate is limited. The lights I have are quite bulky so need a dedicated area, an anglepoise or two would be much easier to site.

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      Slow going, I should know better than to use old compost, now potted on and I hope will perk up soon.
      Not the best photo, my phone doesn't always do close-ups well.

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      • #5
        Those chilli plants are getting bigger. It's november and those chilli plants are doing great.

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        • #6
          Thank you Clumsy, though It seems they are growing very slowly, I think I forget how much energy they need to get going!
          They are under lights now so that and the fresh compost should make a difference.

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          • Galina
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            They are very clearly growing. And having sown them so early means that you should get a good harvest in 2020. An alternative to overwintering them to get that good second year harvest. And probably the easier alternative. Bonnie little plants

        • #7
          Lantern are probably a bit tall growing to start this early, but hey I've never tried this before so we shall see. I hope they won't get too lengthy.

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          • #8
            One week on they look happier and are starting on a new set of leaves. Nowhere near as fast-growing as their cousin Cristal (which is the big leaf to the right).

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            The ones I left in the pot in the older compost, although growing alongside them are not looking so good.

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            • clumsy
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              They seem to be motoring ahead.
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