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avetsirkavetsirk Posts: 5

I'm not very experienced with plants but I am at the moment trying to grow chilis from seeds. The where first planted together in a big pot but once they became seelings I replanted them which went fine. Now after about two weeks the stem is starting to droop (see the attached picture). Can someone help me figure out what's wrong? :( Think they get enough sunlight and I make sure the soil is moist..



  • Andy19Andy19 Posts: 671
    Looks like to big a pot to soon does the pots have holes in the bottom for drainage.
  • Fire LilyFire Lily Posts: 296
    Just give them support like a stick. And place them in a cooler area with more light (they are leaning towards the light). 
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,921
    Too bigger pot and too wet, check you have drain holes in the bottom as Andy says.
    they really need to be potted on slowly, small pots then a bit bigger when you see roots coming out of the bottom. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • avetsirkavetsirk Posts: 5
    Thank you so much guys! There are no holes in the pots but plenty of granules for ventilation. Should they be replanted to other pots?

    Will try moving them, put some support up and keep them a bit drier. 

    Will keep you updated!
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    edited April 2018
    You need to put holes in the bottom of the pots for excess water to drain out, no matter what type of compost is used.  Chillies don't mind growing on the dry side but they absolutely hate their roots being waterlogged.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • avetsirkavetsirk Posts: 5
    Thank you so much!
  • avetsirkavetsirk Posts: 5
    Thank you again, followed your advice and they are doing so well now!

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,921
    Looking good, well done you🙂
    did you put them in pots with drainage holes? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • avetsirkavetsirk Posts: 5
    Yes :) 
  • UpNorthUpNorth Posts: 376
    it's commonplace to put the plastic (with holes) pot inside a nicer looking container :)  
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