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How many chillies on an individual plant.

BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,053
One of my de Cayenne plants has approximately 30 fruits starting to develop. Is that too many?

Should I reduce the number to give the best chance of full growth for the others?
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,741
    I wouldn't.
    You may find some of them drop off by themselves if the plant knows it has too many.
    Pick the red ones when they're ripe and it'll carry on producing.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 73,715
    A good plant will produce a remarkable number.  Enjoy  :)
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,741
    They sure do -
    The aptly named Superchili

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,053
    Thanks folks.

    That's magnificent @Pete.8
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,741
    Thanks :smile:  that was from 4-5 years ago.
    I'm sure there are still some in the freezer
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,053
    :D

    I'll be very surprised if we get any surplus this year. I'm growing chillies for the first time especially for my eldest, who loves them :)
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,741
    If we get decent weather and you're feeding them, they go on flowering and producing until late autumn and sometimes beyond
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,053
    We're a lot further north so I'm being pessimistic on the weather front @Pete.8 ;)

    Now I've got fruit, I've started with the tomorite. 

    Is that ok or would you recommend something else for feeding?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,741
    No, that's what I use about once every 7-10 days.
    I also give them seaweed extract a couple of times a month to ensure they've got everything they need.
    If you have access to rainwater that's much better than tap water unless you're in a soft water area
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,053
    Thanks @Pete.8

    Our tap water isn't too bad but I've just got a water butt hooked up to the shed to collect rain water for the blueberries. The chillies can join the rainwater rota ;)

    I've got some vouchers for the local GC so an investment in seaweed extract is now on the cards.

    Thanks again.
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