With the unchecked use of pesticides and insecticides, food safety has become a serious concern. A lot of people have started growing vegetables at home, you can too! And what’s better than green chillies? An essential ingredient in almost all Indian recipes. It is the perfect start for beginners and an eternal delight of seasoned plantsmen.
Chillies are extremely easy to grow. You don’t even need to have a garden, try container farming! You will be surprised at the number of chillies that can be reaped from a single pot. To grow your own chillies, here’s a list of all that you need:
To ensure the purity of harvest, it is advisable to sow seeds that are not genetically modified. Furthermore, the heritage also has a role to play in the quality and quantity of the produce. So, it’s best to go for open-pollinated heirloom seeds. In addition to this, the green chilli seeds at AllThatGrows are also tolerant to leaf curl virus.
Please note that the green chillies take a deep red colour on maturity, so the same seeds are suitable for both green and red chillies.
Nourish your seeds with the right kind of soil. You can get organic potting soil that is enriched with beneficial microbes and fosters the growth of the plant. It will stimulate the process by providing essential nutrients, protecting the seeds and retaining moisture in a healthy way. Mix some vermicompost in the soil for even better results.
For the seeds to germinate well, a seed tray(up to 3 inches deep) provides the most conducive environment. Fill the seed tray with soil and spread the chilli seeds on it. Add only a thin layer of soil above the seeds and then sprinkle some water. Keep the seeds warm and moist and they will start germinating in a week or two.
Choosing the right pot is an important element of growing a plant to its full capacity. A 12” pot would be ideal for growing chillies, or you can even use a container of similar dimensions. So, once the seeds have germinated in the seed tray, pick out the saplings and plant them separately in pots or containers.
Chillies grow best in warm and humid conditions. Place the pot in an area that receives at least 5-6 hours of sunlight every day. Also, remember that you are the only source of water for the potted plant, so ensure that you keep it fed.
That’s it, you’re done! In around two months time (60-70 days) your chillies should be ready to be picked. Since you’re likely to have more than you’ll need, you can even dry some chillies and store for use throughout the year.
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