CHILLI PANVEL OP
Green chillies can be grown through the year in seedling trays/ seed cups/ small polybags/ seed bed.
Fill a well-drained seedling tray with cocopeat and plant two seeds per cup. Make sure they are just beneath the soil surface.
Place the tray indoors for germination and keep the soil moist by misting regularly.
Cover the tray with cardboard to encourage germination.
Water the seeds carefully everyday with 2 teaspoons of water or use a misting spray so as not to dislodge the seeds.
Once the sprouts appear, uncover the tray and place it in an area with bright indirect light.
Fill the cells/cups with a moist coco-peat medium
The chilli seeds will germinate in 6-8 days and the sprouts will grow into saplings by the second week.
Retain one sapling per cup and carefully remove the weaker saplings and place the tray in a sunny spot to promote leaf growth..
Transplant your seedlings, with the root ball, to a bigger pot (at least 8 inches deep) or raised bed (spaced 2 feet apart) after 30-35 days from sowing in a planting mix of 2 part garden soil & 1 part organic manure. Or, 1 part garden soil, 1 part coco-peat & 1 part Vermicompost.
Water the plant every alternate day in winters with an even shower and feed it with a balanced fertiliser every 15 days
Your chilli plant will start flowering at the end of 3 months and the chillies will be ready for harvest 70 – 80 days after sowing the seeds and can be harvested for 3 years with proper care.