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#1 maximumcapsicum

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 07:20 PM

I wish I'd started this sooner, but I've been slammed with research/writing work until now. That's subsiding as the semester winds down and I move closer to being Dr. MaxCap. Things were so hectic over the winter that I almost didn't plant anything at all. Boy am I glad I got some stuff started.

 

I grow in Atlanta, in two raised 4x12' beds in a community garden. Last year was my first serious grow, and I went broad, starting at least one representative from every major branch of the superhot pepper family. Being that I wasn't sure I'd be in town to finish the season, I dialed it back to my absolute favorites. Powders, sauces, and salsas all turned out great, thanks to help from THP's community. I tried to share a lot of it back around, but didn't get powders in the mail like I wanted.

 

This year I am growing:

 

Carolina Reaper (2013 seed from Smokin' Ed's website).

Red Bubblegum 7 pod (OP seed care of GA_Growhead. My favorite superhot of last year's grow)

Bubblegum X Reaper F2(?) (GA_Growhead's cross. A very tasty and hot pepper)

Goat's Weed (OP from Jamison... my favorite annuum)

Red Rocotto (Seeds from pepperlove via Jamison)

Large Orange Thai (Seeds from Annie via GA_Growhead)

Lemon Drop (Seeds from a tasty pod Devv sent me last year)

Chocolate Bhut (Start given to me by the horticulturalist at a local hydro center)

 

There are so many others that I wanted to grow, especially MoA's,  Bhuts (loved the yellow, Charles!), and Jalapenos (carbone was the nicest of last year's grow... thanks Jeff!!!) but just didn't have the time or space.

 

I started most of the supers on 1/17. Annuums were 2/1 (except Large Orange Thai... started on 2/14). I had to try over and over with the rocotto... yellow manzanos wouldn't sproud at all. Here are some pics!

 

 

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Early April plantout. I rolled the die again. Worked better this year.

 

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Volunteer Bhuts from last year. Also have a volunteer chiero roxa that I haven't pulled yet.

 

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The glorious rocotto duo today! Got some flowers about to open on one but the other lost all its buds. They are in partial sun and shade most the day.

 

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Goat's Weed the spicer upper of Italian food. 

 

Big changes this year: I companion planted marigolds, nasturtium, cilantro, and basil. In the other bed I started low maintenance beans to try to help out the soil composition. I also direct sowed a small amount of okra and zukes. Going to keep the Chocolate Bhut indoors in coir. 

 

Last year time ran out, so I am trying to keep things a little more dialed down this year. Also growing more variety to keep the kitchen stocked. I plan to update as much as possible with progress, but won't be doing the data tracking that I did last year. Gonna be around as much as I can. Wish me luck!

 

Special thanks to all of the THPers who helped me out last year. Rick, Scott, Charles, Jericson, Jeffs Hillbilly and otherwise, Paul, Chris, Jamison, Jason, JJJ, Annie, and so many others... Pepper people are the best!


Edited by maximumcapsicum, 18 June 2015 - 07:30 PM.


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Posted 29 April 2015 - 07:26 PM

Looking good Adam . Glad to see you doing what you love 


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Posted 29 April 2015 - 07:40 PM

Nice list... are you growing any tomatoes this year?



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Posted 29 April 2015 - 08:04 PM

Looks good. You'll have a jungle in those beds before you know it.



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Posted 29 April 2015 - 08:13 PM

Welcome aboard! Glad to see you again this year. Looking better then last year. If I remember right you got....ummm Never mind I don't want to jinx you. Your grow last year was phenomenal. Can't wait for this year's beds. Can't wait for the kitchen projects too. LOL.

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 08:18 PM

Great to see your blog back again Adam.  Looks like everything is going well for you so far.



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Posted 29 April 2015 - 09:01 PM

Plants are looking happy and healthy! Good to see you back at it again Adam! After reading about yours and others love for goats weed last year and again this year, I really need to try some for myself soon. Best of luck for the season, and on getting closer to becoming Dr maxcap!

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:23 PM

Looking good Adam . Glad to see you doing what you love 

 

Thanks Jamie. Glad I took the time to seed a couple of supers this winter. They're happy in their beds now.

 

Nice list... are you growing any tomatoes this year?

 

I am! Just two plants, a brandywine and a black cherry. Both are from Johnny Seeds last year. Didn't care for the roma I grew last year... it may have needed more calcium in the soil. Experimenting with some pruning techniques; I've trained the cherry up the railing of my porch. No trellis needed.

 

Looks good. You'll have a jungle in those beds before you know it.

 

That's the goal man! A slightly thinner jungle than last year, but I am wondering if I got the plants close enough to one another for support but far enough for maximum nute/yield. We'll see...

 

Welcome aboard! Glad to see you again this year. Looking better then last year. If I remember right you got....ummm Never mind I don't want to jinx you. Your grow last year was phenomenal. Can't wait for this year's beds. Can't wait for the kitchen projects too. LOL.

Good luck brother

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Thanks Chuck! Last year I got buried. Almost literally. Thousands of pods... several hundred still in the freezer. Powders eat up a ton of 'em, but sauce is definitely my favorite way to go. Pretty much growing the reds for sauce this year, the lemons for fresh/flavor, and the goat's weed for flakes. Also doing some pepper demos for the community garden.

 

Great to see your blog back again Adam.  Looks like everything is going well for you so far.

 

I think so! Just got to keep things on rails for now.

 

Plants are looking happy and healthy! Good to see you back at it again Adam! After reading about yours and others love for goats weed last year and again this year, I really need to try some for myself soon. Best of luck for the season, and on getting closer to becoming Dr maxcap!

 

Hey Chris! Thanks for the note. I saved some seeds from your pods too... got them in storage for when I get a little more time and space. This year I am really intrigued by the rocottos. I hope they go well. Do you have praying mantis down there? I found three mantis pods last year while cleaning up the beds. Overwintered them and now I have hundreds of mantids in the beds. They're chomping down on the baby grasshoppers. Hoping to keep that up... grasshoppers and leaf-footed bugs were my worst pests last year.



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:35 PM

 

 
Hey Chris! Thanks for the note. I saved some seeds from your pods too... got them in storage for when I get a little more time and space. This year I am really intrigued by the rocottos. I hope they go well. Do you have praying mantis down there? I found three mantis pods last year while cleaning up the beds. Overwintered them and now I have hundreds of mantids in the beds. They're chomping down on the baby grasshoppers. Hoping to keep that up... grasshoppers and leaf-footed bugs were my worst pests last year.


Yeah we have praying mantis down here. I can get egg cases from my local nursery too. Found a baby on one of my plants a few days ago so hoping more turn up and hang around. Grasshoppers and leaf footed bugs are bad here too.

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 07:01 PM

Found your Glog Adam. Plants are looking good.

 

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 11:04 AM

Thanks Jeff! I should be able to make an update in a few. Plants are looking good, especially the reaperxbb7 crosses. I wish I gotten those carbons in the ground again. They were probably my second or third favorite super. Kind of depends on the mood/dish. Ran out of time and space tho.

I am preparing for a defense in June. It's a process, and you can't really rush it. Thanks for asking... I will know more soon. I am also teaching this summer so I am preparing that as well.

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Posted 11 May 2015 - 08:58 PM

Temperatures are over 60° at night these days, and the plants are enjoying it. The two garden plots are growing quickly... plants are nearly a foot taller than they were around this time last year. I've planted basil, cilantro, marigolds, and nasturtiums among the peppers as companions. I planted a much lower density this year to try to let the soil rebound a bit, and in the first bed I planted non-pepper varieties.

 

I've added eggshell and epsom salts to my fertilizer rotation (tomato-tone, fish emulsion), and I'm also giving a sample of real grower recharge a shot. It's basically add-water compost tea, and the plants don't dislike it at least. Here are some pictures of the plots:

 

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Aji lemons have set pods...

 

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Beans in last year's pepper bed.

 

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A Large Orange Thai that I haven't pruned.

 

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The growdown thai that I've messed with a great deal.

 

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Goat's Weed. One of the best annuums I know. I hope it grows true!

 

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Reaper has set. The plants look a little rough but they're flowering and setting pods.

 

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Sunburnt reaper X bb7 cross.

 

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The queen of the garden so far this year. A reaper X bb7 cross.

 

On my balcony I have two rocoto's in pots and two tomato plants that I am training to grow all over the front of my apartment building. The balcony only gets about 6 hours of partial morning sun, so it's not idea, but I figured I'd see what I could do.

 

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These guys are gorgeous. I can see why people love the pubenscenses so much. If they taste as good as they look I am in for a treat. One pod has set, about a dozen flowers have dropped. The plants are almost 3' high.

 

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You may not be able to see it well, but this is a cherry tomato growing along the railing. It is taking to the training very well, and adhering to the outside of the building too. This will give it plenty of space to creep around the outside of my apartment. I am doing the same thing with a brandywine... will report with the results.

 

Got some indoor projects going as well, most notably a single jolokia in coco, following Blister's advice. 

 

Thanks for reading!



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Posted 13 May 2015 - 08:48 AM

Nice to see u'r glog! Good work!

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Posted 20 May 2015 - 10:17 AM

The summer is coming. The plants are large, starting to form nice canopies, and pretty healthy for the most part. One baccatum is having some support issues. Its pods are weighing down its branches. And one of my reaper plants has some tiny brown flecks and yellow on its lower leaves. I am guessing its a nutrient deficiency but I don't want to hit it with too much nitrogen. Going to wait it out.

 

Here is what my chinenses looked like last year at this time:

 

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Here are my reapers and bubblegums now:

 

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Twice the height and many times as many pods. And we are still early. I had a couple of chinenses in a similar boat last year (the yellow bhut grew like a weed), but the overall performance is improved. I made a couple of changes this year. I didn't prune anything (no time), didn't denude, started two weeks later, and gave them more space to grow indoors. They also had a longer hardening period thanks to the balcony in my new apartment.

 

I used a sample of Real Grower's Recharge... looks like some kelp, molasses, and microbe inoculate on the plants this year. It looked like compost tea. Plants didn't dislike it. I may try to make some tea next month.

 

I have also mixed up the grow a bit with companions:

 

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Marigolds, basil, cilantro, and nasturtium. Basil and marigolds seem to act as strong repellents... haven't seen a hopper anywhere near 'em, though the marigolds do appear to be drawing cabbage moths that then eat the nasturtiums. Strange thing, that.

 

When the cilantro bolts I am going to replace them with onions I have started indoors. If I leave them in the ground till November I should get a yield, and the allium smell well help with earwigs and some other pests. Worst case scenario is I get tiny onions.

 

Finally:

 

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These are some very cool pods bred by GA_Growhead. Its a BB7 Reaper cross. Notice the huge callyx and elongated reaper shape. Looks to be growing very nicely. I am going to isolate seeds. 

 

Thanks for reading!



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Posted 20 May 2015 - 02:38 PM

Very nice looking plots you've got. That soil looks great. Looks like your getting a thumbs up from the plants as well. BB7 x Reaper. Interesting cross. I'm curious to see how they turn out. The Goatsweed is a awesome looking plant. I'm growing one plant this year, thanks to Beerbreath's enormous generosity.

Good luck and thanks for sharing. Hope school is going well.

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Posted 20 May 2015 - 06:01 PM

One of the best features of chili plants is that you don't have to really do much with them and they still grow great. I tend to mess them up when I meddle too much!

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Posted 21 May 2015 - 07:09 PM

Very nice looking plots you've got. That soil looks great. Looks like your getting a thumbs up from the plants as well. BB7 x Reaper. Interesting cross. I'm curious to see how they turn out. The Goatsweed is a awesome looking plant. I'm growing one plant this year, thanks to Beerbreath's enormous generosity.

Good luck and thanks for sharing. Hope school is going well.

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Thanks Chuck! Goats Weed is probably my favorite annuum for drying-Italian dishes. I go through a ton of it on pizza. Sadly my yields last year were smaller than I'd like because one of the plants didn't grow true. Don't think I'll have that problem this time around.

Giving the plants more space really brought out their phenotype. Magnificent, paintbrush shaped plants. Will grab a good pic next time around.

Thanks for the well wishes! Also your glog is fantastic.

One of the best features of chili plants is that you don't have to really do much with them and they still grow great. I tend to mess them up when I meddle too much!

Neil


I definitely think a soft touch works better with them, at least in my climate. Though it's nice to know that they will bounce back from a ton of meddling so long as you have a little momentum going. Also peppers are very tasty.

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 08:08 PM

Over the past couple weeks I have had the pleasure of pulling fresh pods off the supers. Most of the first pods came from the first split of the plant or from the second. Saving most of them up for sauces, which I hope to start putting together next week.

 

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Here is my superhot pepper patch. Covered some flowers for isolates, though I am trying some hand pollination techniques as well. Learning is fun.

 

Had a little time for an update and thought would share my supers. Picking three from the dozens of chinense cultivars I grew last year was tough. My current favorites are 7pod Bubblegum. I have two going now from the same source. The plants are fairly stable, though there is a strange elongated pod on this one:

 

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These early pods are a little off but the calyx is perfect and the color is spot on. I am keeping an eye on that spot... hopefully there isn't any mosaic virus kicking around the beds.

 

I planted two carolina reaper plants using the remainder of my seeds from last year. Both are vigorous. One has darker branches and leaves, and the mature pods look perfect.

 

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The other is a little off. Its leaves are pale and thinner to the touch, and the pods have a lime green color and are smoother.

 

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 I grew out two plants from a reaper/bb7 cross that GA_Growhead made last year. As  expected, the plants are very different from one another. I wish I had space to grow a dozen or so of these to gauge the full variability.

 

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One of the plants is perfect. I am isolating the one I like and I am going to try to do some back-breeding to strengthen the traits I like. I'll report on my progress.

 

I'll post some pictures as they mature.

 

In a closing, basil and marigolds are perfect companion plants. There have been almost zero pests in the pepper bed this year as compared to last year. And they seem to be supporting each other.

 

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 10:21 PM

Whoa! Those reaper x bbg7 F2s are crazy. I have 46 in the backyard. 1st one is throwing out bbg7 calyxes.
Garden is looking killer. Leaps and bounds over last season!
I drove by ya a weekend or two ago. We need to hook up. & You gotta come see my garden!

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 06:00 AM

Whoa! Those reaper x bbg7 F2s are crazy. I have 46 in the backyard. 1st one is throwing out bbg7 calyxes.
Garden is looking killer. Leaps and bounds over last season!
I drove by ya a weekend or two ago. We need to hook up. & You gotta come see my garden!


Jason! Long time no see bud.

We should indeed meet up, and I would love to see your garden! Did you get a lot of cool variation in those F2's? The two I grew are very different from one another, as would be expected. One is perfect, big calyx and cool pod shape. We got to compare!

I learned a lot last year and tried to apply everything. So far smooth sailing, though there have been some nasty winds and storms this year.





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