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Posted 23 January 2014 - 07:07 PM

Found some buds on both of my Douglah's at work!! Still none on the hydro plant, despite that it is significantly larger than the work plants. Either way, I'll take it! Now the waiting game continues...

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 09:25 PM

Great looking grow so far! I have found the supers start budding early if they start getting root bound. Loving the ghetto box solution! 


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 09:57 AM

Great looking grow so far! I have found the supers start early if they start getting root bound. Loving the ghetto box solution!


Thanks stc! So maybe the office plants are putting out buds already since they were a little root bound in the party cups, and not the hydro plant since it never was? Gotta love the wacky, cheap last minute fixes... Even more so when they work! :)

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 10:14 AM

Yeah...not just supers either. You've been to the nursery when they have a 10" tall Jalapeno in one of those little six pack seed starters and there are blooms and pods on it. Tomatoes are the same way. As long as they can put down more roots they'll concentrate more on growth and less on fruit...

 

The ghetto solutions are some of the best! I still use Christmas lights as frost prevention...everyone got a great chuckle from that when I first used them...didn't lose one plant on them frosty nights though!!!


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 11:35 AM

Does that end up hurting long term production though? I'd assume a smaller plant focusing it's energy on fruit, would stay (relatively) small and not produce as much over its life? Maybe that could be used as a strategy for getting some fast early production while waiting on the main plant to fully develop. Like an early variety cultivar, only done so mechanically..

I remember seeing those lights on your massive plant. Not only does it keep it warm, but it looks cool! I used my still producing Thai chili on the kitchen table this year in place of poinsettias, still had that great red/green Xmas look, but with a little flair!

I wish Xmas lights would cut it for overwintering here, but no chance. I need to invest in a greenhouse!

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 01:04 PM

I did a side by side with two Manzano plants I bought a few years back. I left the two small pods on one plant and pulled them and all the blooms from the other. I potted them in the same mix in 5# containers. In one month the stripped plants were almost a foot taller than the one with pods/blooms. Hardly scientific, but it convinced me.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 01:21 PM

I did a side by side with two Manzano plants I bought a few years back. I left the two small pods on one plant and pulled them and all the blooms from the other. I potted them in the same mix in 5# containers. In one month the stripped plants were almost a foot taller than the one with pods/blooms. Hardly scientific, but it convinced me.

 

Scientific enough for me!

 

How did it affect total harvest though? I'm assuming the larger plants put out much more in the long run, even though the smaller plant was producing for a longer period of time?



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Posted 24 January 2014 - 01:25 PM

Yeah...that's the gist of it. I got about 20 pods total off the smaller plant all season, and over a hundred off the other plant. At season's end the non pulled plant was about 3' tall and 2' wide...the other almost 6' tall and over 6' wide. I don't let my plants produce until they have forked and then forked again. Others have had different experiences I am sure.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 01:29 PM

Right on. Well, we should have another round of data with my plants... I'm not going to pinch anything off the office plants, and we'll see how they do compared with the hydro's. All were started from the same batch of seed, at the same time.



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Posted 24 January 2014 - 02:18 PM

Sorry I've only just got to your glog, just read it all and its great stuff! Awesome set up you have got dude, I shall enjoy following what you do next!

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 05:07 PM

Sorry I've only just got to your glog, just read it all and its great stuff! Awesome set up you have got dude, I shall enjoy following what you do next!

 

Thank you scoville! I thoroughly enjoy hearing that other people enjoy what I've been working on and sharing with THP! Keeping records for my own use, and sharing my successes/failures with others = killing 2 birds with 1 stone! Always a great thing.

 

I hope you will also enjoy the expansion I am working on. More to come shortly!  :dance:



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 11:10 AM

:woohoo: I have   10 last minute additions to my grow. Doubtful they will be hydroponic, I don't have the room... Unless I can work some magic. More than likely they will just be office grown until I can throw them into the garden this spring. Either way, I'm pretty stoked about these 2 new varieties!

 

I will reveal them once I know for sure it's going to happen. And of course, pics to come. You all know I love photo documentation  :whistle:

 

Well, thanks to everyone around here... I decided my grow just wasn't up to snuff. I keep reading about new varieties I want to try, and I definitely have the pepper bug. That being said, I'm adding 10 new varieties to my 2014 grow list:

 

C. chinense:

Carolina reaper (pod in upper left of picture, given to me by the local hydro guy)

Fatalii (Refining Fire Chiles)

Bahamian Goat (Joyner's Hot Peppers) Thanks Chris!!

 

C. baccatum:

Aji Pineapple (Refining Fire Chiles)

Brazilian Starfish (Tradewinds)

 

C. Pubescens:

Red Rocoto (Refining Fire Chiles)

 

C. Annum: (Tradewinds)

Jimmy Nardello

Yellow Corno di Toro

Giant Aconcagua

Shishito

 

Everything but the annum's will hopefully go in early next week. I'll have to wait on those as I'm running out of room. But i'm pretty excited to get some new growing started, and to try out some really awesome new varieties!

 

Hope you all enjoy following along! And as always, questions, comments, or suggestions most welcome! 

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 06:52 PM

1/26/14

 

Did a nutrient solution refresh today:

Tomato: 2.6 tbsp micro, 4 tbsp bloom, 1.3 tbsp grow (blooming and ripening) ~1050ppm - 5.0pH

Thai'brid: 2 tbsp micro, 3 tbsp bloom, 1 tbsp grow (transition to bloom) ~860ppm - 5.5pH

Douglah: 1 tbsp micro, 1 tbsp bloom, 1 tbsp grow (general purpose/mild vegetative) ~475ppm - 5.5pH

BrainStrain: 1.3 tbsp micro, 1.3 tbsp bloom, 1.3 tbsp grow (general purpose/mild vegetative x1.5) ~620ppm - 5.5pH

 

Root Pics:

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Tomato is now too big to get any root shots, and moving it in and out of the grow room is a royal pain! Here is a decent shot of the monster, and this is after pruning off a huge amount!

 

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 12:19 PM

Well done on all the plants, and that tomato plant is a monster!! :dance:



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 03:56 PM

Well done on all the plants, and that tomato plant is a monster!! :dance:


Thanks Penny! I must admit, I'm pretty excited about the results so far, especially on my first grow!! I give a lot of credit to all the accumulated knowledge within this forum... In addition to all the positive encouragement from everyone here! Can't wait to share some pods when they finally come in :)

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:41 PM

A nice little package came in today!!!  :woohoo:  

 

Not only does it contain my final seeds (Bahamian Goat) but some sample powders that I CANNOT WAIT to try!!

20140127_172751.jpg Big thanks to Chris @ Joyner's  :cheers:

 

Hopefully within the week I will have the chance to get all the rest of my new varieties sown, and some new seedling photos up in no time (fingers crossed).

 

The GF is coming over with some home-made chili tonight, now my biggest problem is which blend to try with it!

 

The pecan smoked Bahamian Goat powder smells absolutely amazing!  :drooling:

 

 

 

 

 


And on a slightly different note... I wanted to share a couple pics of a greenhouse I was doing an inspection in. These are research beans, and I am damn jealous of that setup! It was crazy walking in too, from 20 degrees outside, into a warm humid plant filled space, I thought I had teleported to the jungle!

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20131203_122852.jpg This is thwe walkway in from outside... I'm 6'4" and these things are taller than I am with my arms up!


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:49 PM

Your plants are looking incredible...and that GH is freaking nuts! WOW!


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 11:33 PM

Your plants are looking incredible...and that GH is freaking nuts! WOW!

 

Thanks stc!!

 

And yeah, I get to go out there quite a few times a year, each grow requires 5 inspections, and they usually have 4 grows per year (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) They definitely have quite the setup! Everything is auto watered, and in addition to the sunlight through the roof, there are about 30 HPS lights as backup. They aren't messing around.



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 09:08 AM

All of those plants look amazing!!!



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:37 AM

All of those plants look amazing!!!

 

Wouldn't it be nice to have such a huge greenhouse!?  :drooling: 


Anybody seen leaves like this before?

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This is on my office BrainStrain... and this is how it grew. It wasn't a full leaf that was munched or tattered by wind/weather. I can not see any apparent insects anywhere. There is one other smaller leaf with similar symptoms, but then the newest (and older) growth shows nothing similar. I have never seen something quite like this...







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