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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Grow­ing chill­ies

Chill­ies can be trained eas­ily into neat bushy plants and de­serve a place on the pa­tio - they will give you enough fruit to keep you go­ing for some time.

Start them off in­doors by sow­ing two seeds into a 9cm pot and plac­ing it on a heated prop­a­ga­tor or warm win­dowsill, where you can main­tain a con­stant tem­per­a­ture of 20C.

If both seeds ger­mi­nate, re­move the weaker one and grad­u­ally re­duce the tem­per­a­ture to a min­i­mum of 14C at night. When the plant fills its space, put it into a two-litre pot of multi-pur­pose com­post and, in June, place it in its fi­nal rest­ing place in a five-litre pot in a shel­tered spot.

When the plant is 20cm tall, pinch out the grow­ing tip to en­cour­age bushi­ness.

Wa­ter fre­quently on hot days and feed with a tomato fer­tiliser when the fruits form.

They’re ready for pick­ing when ripe with a smooth skin.

Chill­ies will store well for a cou­ple of weeks in the fridge or longer in the freezer.

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