Looks like you have a good plan mapped out , bigger is usually better for pots as long as the plant is up to it size wise. Nothing wrong with that soil mix , as long as they get adequate water(sounds like it would dry out pretty quickly).Bleach the hell outta those broad mites!
My season started late , plant out was late June , which is a bad time for little plants to learn the ways of nature, the sun is merciless , the bugs are peaking , and its been raining like crazy.
I've lost several of my hopefuls this year , but really should have more than enough plants to get a bunch of pods. Fingers crossed , I won't see em for another 2 weeks or so , but about 50% were looking a bit worse for wear.....my hope is that the soil will dry out a bit , and some of my issues will go away.
My only RAJA type Bhut is a Peach Raja SR from Grant , 2 came through for me so I 'm lookin forward to those.
Have a mean season!
Cheers for stopping in Dave!! Yeah the plan is there but even the greatest plans come unstuck without contingentcy plans in place. Unfortunately my contingency plans consist only of "must try harder-refer to plan A" in bold letters
Yeah the drying aspect worries me a little in terms of my mix but I am hoping if I mulch adequately and add sufficient coir and a couple of other minor amendments I should be OK. (I may reduce perlite to 20% ) I have real issues in our climate of compaction of soil in summer and because I top water this adds to the issues hence the perlite proponent needs to be increased.
I just bought a 5litre container of bleach for my containers I will be reusing (just for the initial starts ) and the plastic boot trays they sit on ... the new fabric pots won't be an issue ... I will be also spraying everything on that balcony with a pyrethrin / wettable sulphur mix the day before I discard the plants and deal with the pots so I don't bring them inside near my seedlings ... little bastages get everywhere
Sorry to hear of your tough starts ... its always harder starting young plants off on the back foot. Best of luck for the rest of your season bro
Yeah looking forward to that Raja Choc Bhut ... looks like it ticks all the boxes