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Hi my brand new chilli plants (germinated this year) with only 7 or 8 of leaves have decided to bud. Is it me or this this a bit strange?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,005
    Hi @paceybird and welcome to the forum :)

    It's the time of year for chillies to flower and produce fruit.  Most people grow them as annuals, sowing early so they're probably a bit bigger than yours by now.  Mine have a few fruit on now.  When did you start yours off?
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,528
    Hi and welcome to the forum
    As the hours of daylight begin to drop it sends a signal to you plant that autumn is approaching and it's time to produce seeds. So your plant starts to flower and produce chillies - so it's quite normal.
    The key with growing chillies is to start them early as they need a long season to grow into good size plants before they get the signal to produce seed.
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  • paceybirdpaceybird Posts: 5
    Hey thanks for the quick reply. They germinated really late because I didn't have any proper equipment so it was may time. Which is why I'm so surprised I usually grow them to overwinter and bud the following year. I've cut the buds off as they're only 2 inches tall. They wouldn't be able to support a chilli! 😕
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,005
    I  don't have any equipment other than a sunny windowsill ... some years I use a little heated windowsill propagator to germinate them, but I find it only takes a couple of days longer without.  As soon as they're germinated they come out of the propagator  and when they've got their first proper leaves they're pricked out into small pots.  They live on the windowsill until mid June when they go outside on the terrace ... that's where they are now ... they 'weathered' a violent storm yesterday ... still looking good tho'
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