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Growing Chili Secrets – Fish Emulsion

One of the biggest aids we have encountered when growing chillies is fish emulsion.

We recommend fertilizing the chili plant every 2 weeks up from the time of germination to when the plant just starts to fruit.

For best results with the fish emulsion we would suggest these steps.

  1. Ensure that the chillie plants had a very good watering the previous day or that morning as we will cut down on water over the next 2 days.
  2. Mix the fish emulsion as per packet instructions.
  3. Water the chilli plants at the base with the liquid. Ensure a generous amount is used as this is the plants only drink for the day. Also make sure that the liquid soaks through he soil to the roots so they can consume all the nutrients.
  4. The following day water the plant lightly trying not to disrupt the soaked in fish emulsion mixture under the soil. Feel free to give the foliage a good spray with water though.
  5. Resume normal watering daily.

As said we would only suggest doing this every few weeks. Results we have noticed is the following days after fish emulsion is added that the plants really wake up and grow, they appear greener and fuller and vibrant, it’s amazing when you go outside and notice it.

Do not fertilize while the plants are fruiting.

Also note the fish emulsion has a foul smell, try not to get it onto your hands where possible.

Fish emulsion can be purchased from local gardening stores, larger supermarkets and retail stores with gardening section. You can also purchase fish emulsion from amazon which we would highly recommend. Their products are below.

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  1. Hafsah

    I am new to chilli growing or any sort of growing actually. Please confirm that your article above is saying that Scott’s Emulsion (the one we give to our kids for colds etc and sold at pharmacies CAN be used for chilli growing. Amazing if true. Appreciate your reply as where I am at other fish fertilisers are rather pricy so an alternative would be good. Thanks.

  2. admin

    yes many food products can aid chili growing or any plant growing for that matter. thing such as egg shells and coffee grains can provide much needed nutrients that plants thrive on.

  3. Oziam

    Is it ok to feed with fish emulsion while flower buds are starting to appear?
    When is the best time to stop it? Thanks!


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