After some icy-cold Easter holidays, springtime now seems to have arrived in Berlin for good. Time to give the plants a breath of fresh air and some sunrays to feed on. And to greet the season with a new video.
Greeting springtime with some sexy plant-footage and a fat tune by Grodio.
Once nighttime temperatures are keeping at a minimum of five degrees Celsius, it is safe to put chilli plants outdoors. They may need a bit of time to adjust to the difference in temperatures between night and day, and they might show you some flabby leaves early in the morning. If that happens even though the soil is still moist, then it’s is certainly not a sign of underwatering but rather one of the plants getting used to the ups and downs in their thermal conditions. Don’t worry – they’ll recover within an hour or two.
Depending on variety, plants that have been raised under artificial light and/or on a windowsill might not yet be able to tolerate the amount of UV radation that comes with permanent full sunlight exposure. Particularly chinense and baccatum varieties that have been started indoors are quite sensitive in this respect. Much like human beings put on a tan, these pepper varieties gradually build up a resilience to UV radiation. So it’s a good idea to get these plants used to natural sunlight bit by bit. Over the course of a week, you might step up their sunlight exposure by an hour a day, starting off with one hour on the first day. If you have weather that is a mix of clouds and sun for a week, you might as well just leave the plants in place all the time.
Again, much like human beings, a gradual increase in sunlight exposure will prevent the plants from suffering from sunburn. Tell-tale signs of sunburn are burned leaf-tips, burned spots on the leaf-surface or the leaf-colour turning into silvery white (called chlorosis). A little bit of sunburn isn’t much of a worry, the plant will simply lose the damaged leaves over time and keep growing other than that. But it’s not exactly helping the plants’ development either.
This weekend seemed like a good point to transfer my plants out onto the balcony. I keep checking the data and four-day-forecasts of local weather-stations. Over at wetterstationen.meteomedia.de you can find these for every little place in Germany but also a lot of other European countries, including the UK. The forecasts come as 24h diagrams with full details on temperatures and on the amounts of sunshine and precipitation, and they have proven to be very accurate and reliable. A really helpful free service!
When I was done putting the plants out onto the balcony, I shot some footage that ended up in a short little video made to greet the arrival of spring, and the season’s proper kick-off. I backed the whole thing up with a fat bass-music tune by Grodio that you can download for free from Soundcloud.
Cheers from Berlin!