My chilli plants have been "promoted". By this I mean moved to bigger pots.
Until yesterday they had been in 5-inch / 12.5cm pots like this:
Now they have gone into 10-inch / 25cm pots:
The doubling in diameter of the pot makes a big difference to the volume of soil to which the plant has access. If I were a mathematician I would work it out, but I'm not. Even I can see that it's not just twice as much!
Although the weather is much improved compared with say a month ago, I'm still keeping the chillis under cover when the sun is not shining. The plastic "Seedling Greenhouses" have been put to good use once again:
My biggest chilli plant (an unknown variety) has its first flowers already.
In a way, growing unknown varieties is more fun than growing identifiable ones. In this case all I had to go on was one dull red shrivelled-up pod, full of seeds. The pod was pretty big, so actually this might turn out to be a sweet pepper, like Long Red Marconi or something!
I think I have mentioned previously that my chillis this year are a very mixed bunch. The ones pictured above are good, and of a size that I would consider normal for this stage of their lives. Some others though are still resolutely tiny, like these:
I don't know what has made the difference, because they have all been grown in exactly the same way, using the same compost etc. It must just be "one of those things".