After my plants had grown the whole height of the window, I took the suggested advice of putting them on the floor by the window. And replaced the ones removed from the window sill with smaller ones from elsewhere.
A couple of them have flowered at last. Both plants have just one white flower with a purple fringe.
But given the time of year, I’m wondering whether it’s time to harvest them.
So I suppose I ought to think about drying them and curing them. Pat Nurse has a long photo essay on how to do it, and a link to Junican’s page on it all. I must say it all seems rather arduous, wrapping things in string, and unwrapping them every day. And also I don’t have a warm airing cupboard or radiator in my flat (it’s quite warm anyway).
I may follow Harley’s suggestion of hanging them upside down. I’m sure that in the USA, tobacco isn’t wrapped and unwrapped the whole time. Maybe it’s a climate thing.
But I seem to be collecting brown dried lower leaves at quite a rate already. They dry fairly quickly, and I’ve broken them up into fragments in an airtight jar. It’s rapidly filling up. I weighed it last week and it had 2-3 gms of tobacco in it. It’s probably twice that now.
I’ve been mixing it in with manufactured tobacco, just to make it go further. But because it’s rather dry, it makes for a hotter smoke.
My green pepper plants all flowered months ago, and a couple of them are sporting small peppers, about 2 inches long. I still don’t know whether they’re chilli peppers or sweet red peppers. If they’re the former, they need to get twice as big. And if the latter, four or five times as big. I’m hoping they’re chilli peppers.