Thursday, May 1, 2014

Too smart to be caught!

An update on my chilli plants from my previous post.  I never did get to catch whatever it is that has been snapping off the stems from my chilli plants. A trap was set, but it was too smart to be caught. However, a couple of days after that, I noticed some droppings on the ground which looks like it belongs to a rat. Nothing since then, and I hope it stays that way! 

The chilli plants are coping well at the moment.

Plant A - 2 weeks ago

 Plant A - today. I have loosen the plastic around it to allow for more sun, and will remove it sometime soon, though I prefer to keep it there at least for the time being. (If you are new to my blog, and wondering why the chilli plant is surrounded by sheets of plastic, you may read about it from my previous post). It has grown so much these two weeks, and there are tiny little chillies growing, and lots of new flowers. A few flowers has dropped off just when it is beginning to fruit! I hope this is not a trend with the rest of the flowers, as I do not have much luck with chilli plant! 

Plant B - 2 weeks ago. The second chilli plant with all the stems totally bitten off. I have transferred this plant to a pot as I wanted to use this container for other plant.

Plant B - today. New young stems have grown.

I have 3 other chilli seedlings which I grew from seeds, and placed them at my backyard. While the ones at my front yard has missing stems, the one at my backyard.....

....... has missing leaves! Only the stem is left now! I fully suspect this is the work of a grasshopper! The other two seedlings are not touched, thank goodness, though for how long, remains to be seen!

I'm linking this post to Garden Tuesday @ Sidewalk Shoes

Happy Gardening !


  1. Well, good luck with your plants. As of now the biggest obstacle to my plants is the weather!! It still is quite cold here. I even have heat on today!
    Blessings dear. Catherine

  2. Hi Joyce! Your chilli plants are thriving and the second one survived and recovered. Hope that you get to harvest some chillies and show us! I have had the leaves of my Zinnia seedlings eaten by slugs. I was so heartbroken :( The next time I reattempt planting any seeds, I will have to build a fortress like you did hah..hah....

  3. I like your clever idea! I remember that stool method haha... In my case, I have not found out what kept eating my hibiscus flower buds either but I guess the birds did that. As for your case, the stems are low so it could be squirrel or rats... Well for now, some insects (I think) have been making holes lots of holes on my chilli leaves...

  4. Gosh, I was really looking forward to the 'apprehension' of the culprit! :D Nice to see the victim growing up healthy & tall. I hope your chillies will bear fruit soon.

  5. Lucky the stems are sprouting new shoots. Soon you will have a basket full of chilis..hopefully.. heehehe unless mr rat get to it faster than you.. mr rat must be a 'hot' one.. kakakka

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  7. I used to think that pests will be put off by the hot chillies but the plants seem to a magnet for pests! Perhaps the leaves are sweet to taste, haha.