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Hi, could anyone advise why my chilli plant flowers are dropping off at stem.  I am new to this but guessing this is not supposed to happen.  Any help would be appreciated.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Hi Helga, They are either not being pollinated or it may still be a bit too cool for them to set.  It isn't unusual at this time of the year.  You could try hand-pollinating, using a small, soft paintbrush, cotton-bud or similar.  Just go over your chili plant(s) and gently dab it in the centre of every open flower.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Drooping at the stem !! Does the plant in general look like its drooping or a bit limp to look at, or does it look healthy ? because chilli flowers do tend to point downwards from the stem. If the weathers a bit cold they sometimes have a habit of going in a little sulk but snap out of it when it gets hot. Feed once a week with a tomato feed for good fruit.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    The tip that everbody threw at me last year was let them dry out between waterings and dont water after 4pm.

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Checkout the flowers in the following YT vid - I'm sure they're fine if the plant looks fine.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Unpollinated flowers will drop off but usually dry and shrivel a bit first, I find. Are they drying at all? Or just dropping off?


  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    lol I've just read your post again, why I'm I reading drooping instead of dropping, doh !!

    Yeah, probably need hand-pollinating Helga, if your not doing so already. 

    Sorry about that image

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