The key to growing Chillies is patience and more importantly preparation. I mentioned in my last post that there was one particular type that evaded me last year – the Habanero Chocolate. It just seemed that this Chilli needed optimal conditions so this year, even more determined to prove my worth, I’m giving them a head start in germination using the simple tissue paper method. I’ve also included 3 other rare types that are more difficult to grow and have extra long growing periods, Fatalii, Tabasco, & White Habanero. Bring it on!
The whole idea here is to create an environment that will kickstart the growing process giving the seed the best start whilst also enabling the grower to plant only the seeds that ‘make it’, saving precious time and frustration (that’s if you get frustrated by such a thing. I think of myself as a more relaxed type of fella)
There’s not much apparatus needed, I laid four clumps of tissue paper on a dinner plate and then placed twelve of each type on top. I planted six of each last year straight into the soil so I’m over compensating this time, and if they all grow it won’t be a bother as it plays right in to my dastardly plan to make Chilli bushes! So it’s win win for the Ninja.
Keep in mind that a good few layers of tissue are needed so it doesn’t completely disintegrate when the water is added.
It’s best to lightly pour the water around the edges and then over any of the paper that hasn’t soaked in. The trick is not to have it swimming in water, just enough so there is a wet base for the seeds to sit on. That coupled with warm surroundings will create the perfect environment for them to germinate.
I finally stretched cling film over the plate which will help to retain moisture preventing drying out and they will need watered much less also. These will go onto a shelf in my hot press were I’ll be monitoring them closely – they should start hopefully showing signs of growth in the next 5-7 days. All this is seriously worth it because in my eyes, to grow a fantastic Chilli such as the Habanero Chocolate in Ireland would be a great achievement! Even though wifey might start to point & laugh at the sheer level of fanaticism that may come with it!
So, I’m glad to hit the ground running with these guys and looking forward to seeing positive results soon (watch this space!)
Have you ever started the germination process like this before? If you have your own method I’d love to hear it. Chilli Ninja