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Posted 15 June 2017 - 12:27 AM

Those look great.  Here's hoping for a long summer!


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 10:10 AM

They look great in the solo cups, nice and green and lush! Don't beat yourself up so hard, my first couple grows were awful. I remember the first year I lost half my seedlings, and the second year I forgot to water them and cooked a few bone dry. Loss and learning by error is part of the experience. 

 

Im pretty close to you and when you started was not late at all. This year I started around late February and I had to deal with plants in my house for far too long before they could have gone outside. Plus with the weather the way it's been in NJ the last few years, you can usually leave out the plants until late October before freezing temps, and even then, just drag them in the garage and wait for the last few pods to ripen. 

 

Yeah, those are some of the better ones...  I lost quite a few seedlings, and I have a bunch of yellowish dwarf seedlings in the crap soil, looking like a zombie army of reanimated chile plants.... But I think I have 90-some seedlings that might ultimately produce for me, plus quite a few of the plants I got from CCN (I hadn't killed any of those, but the one definitely seems to be on its last legs...) so, yeah, not a total loss.  Maybe I am being too hard on myself?

 

You might be right about when I started; a lot of other zone 7 folks are saying exactly like you did, so i probably started them about right... i just mismanaged the seedlings in terms of growing conditions and nutes, so they're lagging behind, size-wise.  I STILL think I'll need to start some of the very late superhots a lot earlier in 2018, though...  And yeah, I was going to plant in beds, but i'm going with grow bags now b/c I'm realizing that it might be helpful to bring a few indoors to beat the first frost....

 

Those look great.  Here's hoping for a long summer!

 

Thanks; some of them do look rather nice, if still small.  A long summer just might salvage this whole thing for me... :dance:



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 10:50 AM

Grow bags are great - I used them for a couple of seasons.

They require more attention to watering, but the air-pruning

aspect of them produces awesome root balls - lots of fine

roots and zero circling.

 

Your plants in the cups will take off in bigger pots and decent soil!


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:43 AM

Nothing wrong with those plants!!!

 

Don't beat yourself up, you seem to have a darn good grip on it all. 

 

Lets see some more piccies!!! :party:

 

Keep up the good work!

 


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:28 AM

Grow bags are great - I used them for a couple of seasons.

They require more attention to watering, but the air-pruning

aspect of them produces awesome root balls - lots of fine

roots and zero circling.

 

Your plants in the cups will take off in bigger pots and decent soil!

 

The plan is to re-pot them in the bags on Saturday; at least the bigger ones which are pretty well hardened off at this point.  It's been brutally hot out, so i'm being cautious with it. . .



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:29 AM

Nothing wrong with those plants!!!

 

Don't beat yourself up, you seem to have a darn good grip on it all. 

 

Lets see some more piccies!!! :party:

 

Keep up the good work!

 

 

Thanks, TBG101...  I appreciate the kind words....

 

More pics to come....



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 06:04 PM

I put twenty of the chiles-dem into 7 gallon fabric bags today.  Most of'm are stressin' a bit, but this one Cream Fatalii plant is just such a danged boss; it looks happier than ever.  

 

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 06:14 PM

My wife took a vid of me mixing up some soil for the bags; had some left over that i stowed in the shed for later.  I thought i'd ordered more bags, but I only had twenty.  Gonna probably have to build some beds.  Kids: be smart; don't procrastinate.  LEarn from your dumbazz greenhorn Uncle, Bike808.

 

 

The mix was something like:

3cf peat moss

3cf topsoil

2.5cf composted cowshit

2 sacks of perlite

8cups pelletized gypsum

4cups pelletized lime

I tossed some ferts that I bought at CCN in there, too.  Some stinky granular stuff....


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 04:33 PM

Well, day one of these 20 plants being outside F/T, and there's a scandalous thunderstorm with 16mph winds kicking thru.  It's calmed down now; some of the taller plants took a bit of a beating, but nothing has snapped so i'm hoping they'll straighten up some.  I put some sticks in their to stake'm up but, of course, it falls under the "too little, too late" category, maybe?

 

I'll see if they bounce back tomorrow....



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:39 PM

Lookin' great, Bike! Better late than never with staking them. I find myself breaking out the stakes all season long. Always seems there's something either leaning or breaking due to fruit load and winds. I think this is the first time that I've seen white grow bags. I'll bet there's a temperature difference in the roots/soil...unless that's a myth. I'm sure the storm just strengthened them even more for you. Plants look happy! Great job!

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 06:47 PM

Lookin' great, Bike! Better late than never with staking them. I find myself breaking out the stakes all season long. Always seems there's something either leaning or breaking due to fruit load and winds. I think this is the first time that I've seen white grow bags. I'll bet there's a temperature difference in the roots/soil...unless that's a myth. I'm sure the storm just strengthened them even more for you. Plants look happy! Great job!

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Thanks, Adam. I think you're right b/c the winds are gone now and it's just a steady rain, and the plants i had to stake have already "righted" themselves mostly; leaves are all facing rightside up, stems look like they've bounced, back, etc.  I'll have to pick up some twisties and some proper stakes; but the tall guys all have something temporary set up for now.

 

I had thought about the black v white bags, and i went with the white b/c our summers in Jersey can stay in the high 90s for weeks on end, so i figured that the white might be a good thing under those conditions. (I got'm from a vendor in China, via ebay....) My yard, such as it is, doesn't have much shade at all so I'll need to provide some with cloth, but being so danged close to the river, winds get nasty and i figure shade cloth will be difficult to secure.  Still, gonna have to try it anyway....

 

My beds at the community garden are just 3 blocks away but that seems to make all the difference, as far as the winds go. 



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Posted 23 June 2017 - 09:41 AM

No new pics to share yet, but my Early Jalapeños, which i started quite late and are still quite small, are showing tiny buds.  More and more pods are setting on some of the plants I got from CCN: various Habs, Yellow Bonnets, Safi Bonnets, Red Brainstrain, Congo Trinidad, etc.  There's a tiny little pod on a Naga Morich plant that's been there for a while, but it hasn't increased in size, turned red, nothing.  It's just this weird little pod, sitting there doing nothing.  The other chinense pods are fairly small (with a few exceptions) but they get a wee bit bigger every day.  I know that early pods can be undersize and often weird shapes, but this thing seems to be "stuck" entirely... 



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Posted 23 June 2017 - 11:11 AM

I just got caught up on your Glog :)

 

 

your doin' great and learnin' a lot  :clap:

 

 

And I guess that's how this thing works.  Beyond the seeds I sowed that didn't germ or that had lower germ rates (and therefore, fewer seedlings), I'm also already scheming and planning for other varieties for next year's grow.  I mean, my plants don't even have real leaves on'm yet, but I'm already ogling photos online of plants that I've just gotta try next season.  It's probably normal, but it feel goofy about it.  

 

:D "one of us, one of us, one of us:rofl:

 

yeah it's totally normal now that you are a chili grower.

I had a laugh when i read that part i bold'd    I find myself doing the same thing each year  :lol:

 

 

lookin forward to following this Glog  :metal:

 

 

:cheers:

 

 


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Posted 23 June 2017 - 12:00 PM

I just got caught up on your Glog :)

 

 

your doin' great and learnin' a lot  :clap:

:D "one of us, one of us, one of us:rofl:

 

yeah it's totally normal now that you are a chili grower.

I had a laugh when i read that part i bold'd    I find myself doing the same thing each year  :lol:

 

 

lookin forward to following this Glog  :metal:

 

 

:cheers:

 

 

 

I've definitely learned a lot, to a surprising degree.  I knew I had much to learn, but I'm learning about stuff that i didn't even know I'd have to learn about....

 

This Glog thing is a huge help, too.... if you hadn't quoted my earlier post,I might not have realized that my plants didn't even have real leaves on them on April first.  At this point, quite a few of those seedlings are pretty huge, now.... relative to how tiny they were then.  It helps put the progress into perspective. 

 

Following other ppl's Glogs has been helpful, too.... there are so many, it's kind of tough to keep track, but i think that's evidence of a healthy online community.  I'm trying to expand my horizons; my obsession right now is with chinense varieties, but seeing folks growing pubes and baccatums is kind of interesting, too.  (Full disclosure: i'm growing some Jalapeños and Serranos too, but that's just b/c i have grown them before through work, and i know they're kinda quick and easy.... )

 

It's good to know that I'm not the only pervert shopping seeds for the next year before the current year's plants have even sprouted.  I ordered some stuff from WHP just the other week.  I'm keeping track of all my errors, and coming up with better strategies already; looking forward to some more diversity next year.  (I went a bit too hard on Bonnets this year but, i'm still convinced that's a good thing...)  I'm also thinking about starting some hydro shit indoors; maybe germinate seeds for the project in August and get it rolling in September, to keep my head in the game during the off-season...

 

At the end of the day, growing peppers is awesome, and it becomes even more awesome when ya have a resource like this forum to see more content than I could ever hope to experience on my own....






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