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The previous lot of chillies I've grown got some kind of infection and started getting some strange growths on the stems, so I decided to throw them out and replant with a whole load of new ones.

This time around I went for a variety in terms of the colours of chillies rather than the hotness. I ended up getting the following:
  • Orange Habanero
  • Black Pearl
  • Amigo Diablo
  • Yellow Siam

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These plants were already of a decent size and had some fruits on them, unfortunately they also had some other surprises riding along with them.


Aphids! Yep, it seems like every single plant I manage to get at Bunnings has them, it's very noticeable on some plants by looking at their crumpled leaves.
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No big deal because this time I was prepared, insecticide to the rescue! Also the fertiliser to help the plants along at the start, I mix a bit of that in the water I use for the first time after transplantation.
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This is the potting mix I used. I like to use two types for my indoor plants, the normal stuff and the Bonsai mix. Bonsai mix is quite a lot less chunky, which I find easter to plant into and it would be better for the plant initially while it spreads its roots.
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So I started off with my 4 empty pots.
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Filled these up about 3/4 full with the normal mix.
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Then I filled the rest of the pot up with the Bonsai mix and made a hole for the plant to go into.
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It's important to loosen up the roots of the plants before sticking them into the soil, this lets the plant adapt much quicker to the new pot.

Since I am planting these chillies to grown on an apartment window (we have no balcony), I like to finish off by using decorative pebbles on top of the soil. These go in after the plant is planted and watered.
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All done and sitting on the window now.
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The next thing I will do is add soil moisture sensors for each of the plants and monitor these with a Raspberry Pi.

-i

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