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#1633715 Cross Country Nurseries Retiring

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 24 May 2019 - 12:03 PM in Vendor Vault

very sad, I get my seed from them :(  Hope it's a great retirement.


#1633713 should I remove flower buds on newly planted pepper plants?

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 24 May 2019 - 12:00 PM in Growing Hot Peppers

hi, I finally got my peppers in last Friday (the weather here has been atrocious and hardening off was nearly impossible :( ) -- some of my plants are showing little flower buds but the plants are only 4"-5" tall.  


should I remove the flower buds or leave them?  Thinking I should, so the plant can concentrate on growing taller, but not sure.



#1627138 Germination Time

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 19 April 2019 - 01:36 PM in Growing Hot Peppers



"For Capsicum Pubescens germination can take between 3-14 weeks with an average of 3-6 weeks. Manzano type peppers usually take up to 2-3 months to germinate under ideal conditions."



wow, wish I had known this before.  I saved some seeds from some Manzano's I had gotten at the grocery store and gave up on them coming up after 6 weeks or so and dumped the soil/seeds :(


Guess I'll start them in December next year!  Thanks for the info.  I had several others that did not germinate and maybe I just didn't give them enough time (Trinidad, Red Habanero and a couple others).

#1625225 What would be a good time to plant Carolina Reaper seeds in Chicago suburbs?

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 10 April 2019 - 11:29 AM in Growing Hot Peppers

I'm in Chicagoland (suburbs) and if you'd share some of your seeds, I'd be happy to start some plants for you next year in exchange for some of the seeds for myself.  I usually plant my peppers (and I use salt peter on the really hot varieties to help germination) around the end of February (got a late start this year...) and plant them outside around mid-May.


lemme know :D

#1625224 stupid question, when to use small greenhouse outside?

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 10 April 2019 - 11:25 AM in Growing Hot Peppers

I can help a little bit here. I live in the same area, and just last night I put together the bigger walk-in Aldi greenhouse. I setup a temperature sensor inside to see how well it retained heat as the temperature dropped last night, and it didn't really retain it that well. This morning the temperature was at 35.


So I would say its too early to put them out in that type of green house right now.


I know, I was in shorts yesterday and today back to my winter jacket.  Only in Chicago.  :rolleyes:  :shocked:


Maybe someone that uses one can chime in on what the minimum low temp can be to put plants out in these things :)



#1624473 stupid question, when to use small greenhouse outside?

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 06 April 2019 - 04:19 PM in Growing Hot Peppers

hi, probably a stupid question.  I Googled and looked on here but still not really sure.


I have my plants started inside, just some peppers and tomatoes (not the 130 + like last year, thank GOD).  They are still REALLY small :( compared to last year but that's another issue.  I hope to repot them from the seedling pots (some have 2 plants in the 4" starter, some 3-4 so want to put 2 each into bigger pots but only have so much room...)


a friend gave me her Aldi greenhouse (the Gardenline one, like 63" tall, 27" wide and 19" deep) and I want to use it this year but my question is, HOW do you use it?  I'm in Chicago so obviously it being only the beginning of April we still have a good 5 weeks before the safe last frost day.


So, do I put the repotted plants out there now or in the next week or wait until May or?  Do I have to wait longer?  Can I leave them outside all day and night in the greenhouse?  I don't know if it freezes if it will protect them completely or not.  I hope I'm asking my questions right....


in the past, I just harden them off the "regular" way a week or so before I can safely plant them (like May 15th), a couple hours each day and increasing for like a week, then plant them in their permanent containers so not sure what/how the greenhouse does to change any of this.


sorry if these are stupid questions!


Thanks :)


ps.  I know that I 1) need to make sure it is secure so it doesn't blow over and 2) I saw several warning about opening it up on sunny days or the plants will cook.



#1624287 what to do with over-wintered pepper plants?

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 05 April 2019 - 12:42 PM in Growing Hot Peppers

Hi -- I have kept 2 of my Hot Lemon and my 1 yellow Fatalli peppers over the winter under my larger (4') growlight all winter.  Lots of flowers but no peppers but they are still alive, although they lose a LOT of leaves.


my question is, how do I get them back outside?  They are in pots (and will remain in pots) -- do I have to harden them again like new plants or since they were out all last year can I just stick them outside once we are past freezing (or, I can bring them in on the nights that will be below freezing)?


I'm about ready to transplant my new plants to larger containers and will need the grow light these 3 are under.  If I can't put them outside, will they survive without the light for a few weeks (like 4 weeks, at least)?  I don't get a lot if any natural light in my house.   I don't want to lose them after keeping them all winter :(





#1599531 indoor peppers flowering but no fruit, what's wrong?

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 20 December 2018 - 01:59 PM in Growing Hot Peppers

Lol, 6400 watts would fry those plants and your house, its most likely the color temp of the light.

I have water pans under my peppers and keep them full so the peppers stay moist.

LOL  oh geesh.  It said "6400K" and I took it as watts.  Looks like it is indeed just 54 watts....


  • T5 high output grow light fixture; 6400 K/ 54 watt energy efficient T5 bulb; 6' grounded cord with On/Off switch


I'm kicking myself for not coming here a few weeks ago, I had brought in my one planter with my favorite Fatalli's so I could ripen the last 20 or so pods.  Once it was done I just tossed the 3 plants out into the garden area.  I didn't realize I could have just trimmed them back and regrow them next year :( :( :( 

#1599507 indoor peppers flowering but no fruit, what's wrong?

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 20 December 2018 - 11:58 AM in Growing Hot Peppers

Sounds like you need more light, I'm assuming your just have one tube? 54W is not a lot of light really

I think it's 6400 watts, it's a 4 foot long T5 bulb?  I'm going to try leaving it on longer than the 12 I'm doing now.


I went and "tickled" the flowers in the hope of helping pollination, not sure if that will do anything :D

#1599311 indoor peppers flowering but no fruit, what's wrong?

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 19 December 2018 - 01:40 PM in Growing Hot Peppers

hi!  I brought in my 1 yellow Fatalli plant and 2 of my Hot Lemon plants at the end of October and have them under my T5 4' long grow light.  The Fatalli has been flowering really nicely (the Hot Lemon only a few) but the flowers just keep drying up and no fruit is being produced :(  I've touched them gently with my fingers but not sure if that's how you pollinate or?


what's the best method?  How exactly do I do it - do I just touch a flower or do I have to kind of touch them all or?


ETA: I have the lights on for about 12 hours a day -- should they be on more or less? 



#1587965 Weather is dropping to 50 degrees F (10 degrees C)—should I harvest all my pe...

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 17 October 2018 - 10:51 AM in Hot Pepper Talk

I transplanted the ones I wanted to keep into pots and brought them inside, so up to you what you want to keep for next year, otherwise pick the fruit, you dont want them to freeze.

unfortunately I don't have room to store a bunch of plants :(  I pulled up a bunch of the ones in the ground and have them hanging upside down in my garage and basement room.  The others in pots I'll just keep covering for a while.  This is pretty early for us to get this many frosts :(  Argh.  


Hopefully the ones upside down will ripen ok and I didn't pull them out for nothing...

#1587538 Crushed pepper flakes method

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 15 October 2018 - 10:57 AM in Hot Pepper Talk

I just use my Ninja (auto IQ thing) to pulverize.  OUTSIDE with a mask on :D.  I make my hot pepper salt (pink Himalayan) and need the finer grind.  For just regular pepper flakes I just don't crunch them as long.

#1587537 Weather is dropping to 50 degrees F (10 degrees C)—should I harvest all my pe...

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 15 October 2018 - 10:51 AM in Hot Pepper Talk

I was going to be posting basically this same question.  We already had 2 frosts (in Chicago area) and it's WAAAY too early :( :(  I  covered my plants (brought my prized Fatalli in tho, but it's just losing leaves like a mad man :().  Originally the weather was supposed to only be in the 40's this week so I was hoping to get another week for the pods to ripen but that now has changed, at least 2 more frosts (tonite and tomorrow) are forecasted.


is it better to pull the unripe pods (or even the whole plant out of the ground???) now or try to keep them from freezing (which I really detest doing) by covering or?


years past my plants were all done by the time we started getting frosts so this is a new one for me.  :(

#1584734 YAMracer754 work in progress GLOG

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 30 September 2018 - 04:28 PM in Glogs

what are the purple peppers?  Nice spread BTW!


#1583838 saving/storing peppers for future sauce

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 25 September 2018 - 11:34 AM in Hot Sauce Making

hi, this might be a stupid question but I'll ask it anyway :)


I have several peppers -- some yellow (fatalli, hot lemon and yellow fresno) and some red (mostly tabasco with a few serranos thrown in) that I want to make hot sauce out of.  My dilemma is that while I got a lot (not the tabascos) earlier in the summer, right now they are ripening pretty slowly.  So, while I wait to get enough to make a decent batch of sauce, I have them chopped (the yellow) and whole-ish (the red) in big jars with regular white vinegar (with a little salt) in the fridge, adding more peppers to the jars as they ripen.


my question(s) is, is this ok to do?  Is it the right thing to do?  I didn't want to freeze them, although I guess I COULD have....


they seem fine so far (not molding) but not sure if there's a better way to "hold onto" peppers while waiting to get enough to make a sauce with.


any help would be appreciated!!!






ps.  This was haul #4, with some tomatoes in there too, from 9/8/18 - it's been pretty slim pickings since then and I dried most of what you see here....

Pepper harvest 4 180911.jpg

#1583834 Citrus Forward Sauce

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 25 September 2018 - 11:26 AM in Hot Sauce Making

Take several stalks of lemon grass. Around 4 6"-8" long from the root end. Beat them with the back of a clever, tenderizing mallet...whatever. Boil them in upto a quart of water for 5-10min. Use just the water for your hot sauce. Strain out all the lemon grass. You wont believe hot "citrusy" it smells but it wont add any acid bite to it. Really good with lemon drop peppers.


Good video on several ways to prepare it.

ooooh I'm going to be making another batch of Hot Lemon/Yellow Fatalli sauce and have lemon grass in my fridge.  GREAT suggestion! :D

#1583833 Secret Aardvark Clone (YM)

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 25 September 2018 - 11:24 AM in Hot Sauce Making

I just discovered their incredible sauce at the Restaurant show this past May (2018) -- thanks for sharing!  I will try this.  LOVE their sauce (although for $8 a bottle might be easier to just buy :dance: )


#1583830 Chilidude season 2018

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 25 September 2018 - 11:20 AM in Glogs

great looking plants as always!!! :)

#1580446 Free Steak Sauce...for a price...

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 07 September 2018 - 11:35 AM in The Test Kitchen

just seeing this!  would have loved to be a taste tester :D

#1580438 Chilidude season 2018

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 07 September 2018 - 10:40 AM in Glogs


Limon C.chinense is the one i am growing next year and hot lemon usually means Lemon drop C.baccatum in my book.

yes -- the Hot Lemons (at least mine) are the c.baccatum or Aji's :)   YUMMY.


Ok, I Googled and maybe they are NOT Aji's (which I think are not as hot?).  Mine are pretty damn hot.  I'm so confused now.


is there anywhere on the site here that describes the different kinds of peppers?  I'm a noobie. :D


do you have a picture of the lemon c.chinense?  

#1580152 Chilidude season 2018

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 05 September 2018 - 12:12 PM in Glogs

I have been planning next years grow list:


Hot paper lantern


Caribbean antillais

Habanero golden

Naga morich


I was planning to not top the c.chinense next year to see how will they grow and produce pods.


Aji golden

Aji norteno

Aji cito

Aji blondy

Aji fantasy


C.baccatum will be topped as usual as they are far too fast growing to not to be topped each year. I got all the seeds for the plants already so no need to buy some more.


The indoor growing of the plants wili be conducted with the usual growing methods and using the B'cuzz coco a+b fertilizer and ph adjusting of the water, i hope now the next year indoor growing will be more success than this year so-so indoor grow.

for the Limon, is that the same as Hot Lemon?  I grew these for the first time this year and LOVE LOVE LOVE them.  Fruity like a fatalli but not quite as hot -- SUPER good.

#1569812 Your favorite pepper variety

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 20 July 2018 - 01:44 PM in Hot Pepper Talk




43036951532_031068e0ef_o.jpgIMG_8026 by Willard Bridgham, on Flickr

my local grocery store had those a few weeks ago, never tried them before.  LOVED them.  Saved the seeds and hope to get a bunch for next year.  Bought 3 peppers -- 1 was very hot, the other 2 less hot.  But very fruity.

#1569806 Chilidude season 2018

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 20 July 2018 - 01:32 PM in Glogs

they look great :)


my chocolate moruga scorpions look like yours -- well, no where near as big  :lol:  and just a lot of "babies" starting out (no bigger pods for me yet).  My Trinidad scorp and orange hab are full of fruit.

#1568811 Curry Thread

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 17 July 2018 - 02:49 PM in Cooking With Fire!

I found a site with tons of sausage recipes, it has some Asian sausage recipes at the bottom of the page. Are any of these good?


http://lpoli.50webs....m#PORK SAUSAGES

that website is awesome, gonna bookmark it :)

#1568271 Diner Lingo?

Posted by Greyhound_Gourmet on 15 July 2018 - 01:49 PM in Food and Beverage

Blue Plate Special :)


and LOVE Waffle House.  I love their grits and saw them being made one time, they put an entire pound chunk of butter in a 6 quart pot.  No wonder they are good. :)