This is my first time ever growing anything at all. Im a cook that loves using whole ingredients. One day, a chef where i work brought in a sauce made from the ghost pepper, saying it was the hottest pepper in the world ( which i know is not true now after looking online) and made chicken with it. The flavor was like nothing ive ever had before, smokey with an earthy flavor, mixed with the spiciness that had almost a delayed kick to it; Amazing. I knew i had to have this pepper, and i asked the chef where he got it. He said he grew them himself at home, so later i went online and ordered some seeds, and that was when i got interested in "super hots".
After researching what i needed online, i went to the store and bought some peat moss soil, compost, fish fertilizer, and clay pots for when they develop. I know that most people use the "wet paper towel method" for germinating seeds, but i decided to do it in soil. I soaked four seeds overnight and the next day, planted them in the mix of peat and compost in an old egg carton. After watering the soil, i put a ziplock bag over the egg carton( closing it half way) and put it underneath a florescent lamp. I know your supposed to germinate them in the dark, but i dont have any source for bottom heat, i couldn't find heating pads that didnt have timers. I put the lamp over it just high enough to keep the soil between 80-90 degrees and I keep the lamp running for about 8- 12 hours a day. I make sure to take the temperature everyday and keep the soil moist.
And a little over a week later, here I am. I have 1 out of 4 that has germinated, i relocated it to a sunny window sill.( im not sure if the wavelength on my fluorescent is actually suitable for growing, i just use it for heat.)
Week1-Here is my first sprouted seedling
Ill continue to take pictures every week.
Edited by RedF, 07 November 2014 - 05:33 PM.