Pests & Problems
Chilli Plants, just like every other plant, require minerals for growth and just like any other plant they have their enemies. This guide will give you an idea of what is happening if your plants are not looking healthy. On young plants you should act quickly as they can deteriorate very rapidly and die.
Four of the biggest problematic pests for your Chillies are Aphids, Whitefly, Fruitfly and Snails. Snails are easy to spot and eradicate. Use either snail pellets, or if you prefer the "greener" method then used coffee grounds are excellent. The caffeine will kill the snails.
While you are sitting next to your chilli plant, gazing adoringly at those cute little pods, you may give it a little shake and tiny white moths appear out of nowhere! They are from the underside of the leaf actually and, congratulations, you have White Fly!
Don’t worry it’s not as bad as it sounds. These are fairly easy to treat with any suitable pesticide, or if you prefer organic then Neem Oil is the way to go. The tiny white moth and its larvae are both sap suckers though, and if not treated can severely weaken your plant, or kill it.
Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects, which are usually 2 – 4 mm long. You will usually find them underneath older leaves. Look out for natural predators such as ladybirds and parasitic wasps. These are your comrades and they love to eat Aphids! They will help you control these sap- suckers. Again, Neem Oil does the job perfectly.
Your long awaited chilli pods are weighing down the bush and your lips are burning with anticipation. Picking your first lovely pod you notice it has a spot that is a bit rotten looking...
Oh wait, there is another, and another. No way…OMG!!!! Your beloved chillies are ruined and you have Fruit fly. Fruit fly is probably the most devastating pest of all because by the time you get them you have done all the hard work.They lay their eggs in your pods and the hatched maggots eat away at them. Some say it also affects the viability of the seeds too. Prevention is the only cure.
Don’t rush into it straight away though unless you are in a well known Fruit Fly area. Most people don’t like to use pesticides unless they have to, but If you do need to, use a systemic pesticide such as Malathion as per the instructions on the label. CAUTION - Just remember to pick what you can before you have to spray because there is a withholding period. Check the pesticide label.
Plant Deficiency Guide
Check out the picture below to identify any deficiencies in your plants.
Seagrow is an excellent source of essential micro and macro elements for chilli plants. It can be applied to the soil, or as a foliar spray. Be warned, it's made from fish emulsion and it stinks!!
Good question... Now how many other seed sellers do you know who actually grow and test their products? Not many at all. Most sellers simply buy in bulk and on-sell to you. How do you know what you are buying until it's months down the line and then too late!
We buy hermetically sealed parent stock from a reputable seller, then we grow the plants and harvest the fruits. Only after testing germination of these seeds do we then sell on to you. This very lengthy process unfortunately has its disadvantages if we lose plants due to pests or other factors (sometimes the Dog!!)
So buy from us and buy with confidence.