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#1 RedF

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 05:19 PM

    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

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photo_3.jpg  Here is my other unsprouted seeds

 

Ill continue to take pictures every week.


Edited by RedF, 07 November 2014 - 05:33 PM.


#2 Mr. Hill

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 05:29 PM

To post pics I use http://imgur.com/  Good job on getting one to grow. Being in FL you shouldn't have to worry to much on the temps!!! As for the Light Adding the Sunlight from the window will help a lot, as long as it gets enough light I haven't found the peppers care wavelength they get.  



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Posted 07 November 2014 - 06:04 PM

@Mr.Hill, thanks.I was pretty surprised myself that one grew so quickly. I read online that the ghost pepper is very difficult to grow. so im not sure if i have a knack for this or just beginners luck. And yes, once they get outside i wont worry about the temps, but inside the room temperature is very cool, 68-70 degrees and i want to make sure to keep the soil at about 85 degrees.



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Posted 07 November 2014 - 08:26 PM

Before you get too invested in your new babies, I have to ask where you got seeds. Everybody and their brother is selling ghost pepper seeds, and often, they are not what they are advertised to be.


For Real, in my kitchen!  ...Or if not, then we'll be at Scovie's watching him rub his butt...


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 02:33 AM

Before you get too invested in your new babies, I have to ask where you got seeds. Everybody and their brother is selling ghost pepper seeds, and often, they are not what they are advertised to be.

I got them from bhut-pepper.com.



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Posted 08 November 2014 - 08:00 AM

Welcome :)



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Posted 08 November 2014 - 08:15 AM

I got them from bhut-pepper.com.

 

 

Never heard of them, but I checked their site and it looks like ghost peppers is all they do so I don't see any reason they aren't safe. Next time you make a seed purchase, ask around here. There are places to stay away from and places that come with good reputations.


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 01:18 PM

 

 

Never heard of them, but I checked their site and it looks like ghost peppers is all they do so I don't see any reason they aren't safe. Next time you make a seed purchase, ask around here. There are places to stay away from and places that come with good reputations.

oh ok, i will.



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 11:12 PM

Well, it looks like my plant has died. If any of the other seeds germinate i will post updates. I have six seeds left. im going to try to germinate 3 more. 



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 11:58 PM

Dont worry i'm sure you'll be getting free seeds soon enough. Haha. Patience is a virtue my friend. Just keep trying until you succeed. God knows i've lost my fair share of seedlings.





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