How to Grow Chilies From Chilies

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The day I discovered that you could use over ripe produce to regrow new plants without wasting time collecting and drying seeds, was one of the best days of my gardening life. Do you remember the easiest method for growing tomatoes? Well growing chilies from chilies is similar.

I love this method as you can use over ripe chilies, that you were probably going to throw away to regrow a new batch. I personally am not a big fan of chilies, but every now and again I use a pinch in my cooking. My dear husband though, he uses them more to make his various homemade chili sauces.

How To Grow Chilies From Chilies
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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • ripe chilies
  • garden soil
  • river sand
  • compost
  • potting mix (optional)
  • wide container or bowl
  • small stones

If you are not using potting mix then make your own using 3 parts garden soil and one part compost as well as river sand. Make sure your container has some drainage holes on the bottom before you start planting. Cover the holes with small stones, to prevent your soil from washing away when the water drains out.

Cut your chilies vertically in half, place them with the seeds facing upwards on your potting soil. Go ahead and cover them with a thin layer of potting mix and water well. Germination should take place in 6 to 8 days. When the seedlings are about 4 to 5 inches tall, it is time to transplant to bigger pots or your garden. Flowering should occur in about 45 days, your first chilies should be visible after 60 days.

You can watch the video below for detailed step by step instructions…


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