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#1 Super Hots Canada

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 04:33 PM

Hey folks,

 

So I've been pretty quiet over this last year compared to past years. Much of my personal life took a negative turn last year in April when, within the space of two weeks, my longest relationship came to a crashing halt and then my closest friend passed away.

 

Last summer I also launched the website for my business, but to date not a single has been placed through my website.. I attempted to promote it a bit on here and also through posts and ads on Facebook and posts on Twitter.. Looking at the database there has been the rare person here and there that has tried adding products to the cart, but that's about it.. I think the hard lesson here is that I first need to build some local trust and reputation in order to start gaining enough confidence in people that they'll be willing to order online.

 

That aside, this season I decided I wanted to change direction a bit. In past years I've aimed to grow a wide range of varieties - hoping that having seed and sample variety would help gain attention - but after last season I realized I need to narrow down and focus on aiming for bulk so that I can actually have enough fresh product to sell locally. From trying out the local farmer's market, having a nice range of seeds to sell and samples to show off gains a bit of attention, but what people really want is the ability to buy quantities of fresh peppers, and not just seeds. So this season I was hoping to grow around 3-5 super hot varieties and 3-5 sweet/mild varieties.

 

Initially I was hoping to grow: 7 Pot Primo, Brown Naglah, Chocolate Bhutlah, White Ghost & Wartryx on the "super hot" end, and Bell pepper, Jalapeno on the mild end.

 

I started planting early - back in November - and I even made an effort to setup my grow spaces better than in the past. I purchased new fluorescent light fixtures, plastic tables instead of stacking up boxes, lined the walls with tinfoil to help with the lighting, etc..  Yet, even though most of my seeds germinated great they would grow to around around 2nd or 3rd set of true leaves and then either die or stall out.. This happened repeatedly, even with proper lighting and watering.. Only thing I can think of is that they needed better circulation because I, sadly, wasn't able to have any fans running.

 

Because of this:

* Went all/most of my Primo seeds only to end up with zero seedlings (this includes having ordered additional packs)

* Went through a ton of Orange Primo seeds with nothing to show

* I spent over $50 on 5 packs of Chocolate Bhutlah seeds ($13 of that was shipping - PuckerButt has some insane shipping costs for sending to Canada) and I've ended up with only -3- seedlings

* I planted a bunch Chocolate Primo Reaper seeds to end up with zero seedlings

* I ended up with zero Wartryx seedlings

* I planted a ton of White Ghost pepper seedlings only for them all too fail

* I planted a ton of Brown Naglah and though I have maybe 30-40 seedlings they are all struggling to survive

* I encountered the same with the Bell and Jalapeno seedlings to the point where I had to buy seedlings for these from local garden centers

 

(again: germination wasn't the issue, so I'm most definitely not faulting any seed providers)

 

After all this, the seedlings that have survived were ones that were planted well after January, so who knows if they'll have enough time in the season to produce.

 

I also had a full tray of around 36 Naga Jolokia seedlings that sprouted just last week, but I forgot to take the lid off the tray when I put it out in the greenhouse and they ended up roasting.. The same happened with another tray that was half Cayenne, half Sweet Banana.. So now I have 3 more full trays of seeds I'm trying to germinate: Naga Jolokia, Brown Naglah and White Ghost... But even if they take? Starting -this- late I feel like they probably won't stand a chance at producing. :(

 

There is one positive out of all of this - I finally started getting tables setup in my greenhouse! In the past my plants have always been on the ground, but instead of attempting to expand the greenhouse again this year I put focus on new soil and setting up tables. This way I have room for more plants and they'll be off the ground - helping to limit the chance of snails/slugs/etc and of grass/weeds growing up into the pots or around the plants. Should hopefully make a definite difference. :)

 

I've also decided to try my hand at more than just the peppers. Last season I tried growing some catnip and this season I'm trying the same - only I'm hoping to ramp up to at least 10-15 plants this time around. My cats (and others that have tried it) absolutely LOVE homegrown catnip so I figure if I grow this in a bit more bulk I can sell some fresh nip on the side locally - there's definitely a market for it. I'm also working on growing beans, peas, beets (for a friend) and corn.

 

I still have a ton of clean up to do of the plants/pots from last year, but I've been making some great progress setting up the new tables and getting seedlings transplanted. Below is a photo taken a few days ago and a video clip taken over a week ago showing some of my progress.. Since then I've transplanted quite a few more seedlings with plenty more to go.

 

 

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 07:19 PM

Sorry to hear about your troubles. Greenhouse looks great, if you need any seeds for next year shoot me your address in a PM and I will send you out a care package.

 

Best of luck in 2017 grow season!


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 07:31 PM

Keep your chin up. I've had similar problems with germination and post germination problems this year. We have to roll with the punches and keep going.

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 08:17 PM

Sorry to hear about your troubles. Greenhouse looks great, if you need any seeds for next year shoot me your address in a PM and I will send you out a care package.

 

Best of luck in 2017 grow season!

 

Thanks! I definitely appreciate that offer, but I'm alright. :)

 

I still have plenty of seeds from my past few seasons for a number of varieties and if I need any others along the way I'll happily buy or trade for them. :)

 

Last season I had hoped to have a contest of my own on here but I had a crappy season.. so hopefully if this season goes well I'll be able to give that a shot.


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Posted 26 May 2017 - 09:13 PM

Your greenhouse looks great. I'm sure you'll end up having a great season.

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Posted 26 May 2017 - 09:41 PM

Your greenhouse looks great. I'm sure you'll end up having a great season.

 

I really hope so... Last season was a bust because by the time I had finished expanding the greenhouse (the part that can be seen in the photo) it had left me at least a month behind on getting my plants outside. Then, I had left one part of the expansion uncovered near the top for ventilation, but instead it ended up being an exit point for the ladybugs - and they just never found their way back.. didn't take long for my plants to go from growing great to being stunted by aphids and then halted by the black sotty mold that followed the aphids - lesson learned!

 

Over the winter the plastic covering the roof of the expansion got ripped off of more than half of it.. It took me around 3-4 hours one day to finally pull it back into place and pin it down.. I still have a couple sections that need sealed up - which I intend to get done sometime soon... Then I just need to figure out how to get some ladybugs in there. lol

 

I have some window screen material, so I also intend to build some windows for ventilation.. it gets incredibly hot in their during the summer.

 

*crosses fingers*


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Posted 26 May 2017 - 10:08 PM

Good luck, man!

I feel like if I lived that far north I'd be too lazy to grow peppers. So, great job at putting the work in.

I really shouldn't take my long growing season for granted

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Posted 26 May 2017 - 10:31 PM

Good luck, man!

I feel like if I lived that far north I'd be too lazy to grow peppers. So, great job at putting the work in.

I really shouldn't take my long growing season for granted

 

It's a challenge, for sure.. I've found the greenhouse manages to extend my grow season right into November. It seems my peak harvest time starts around mid-October, even though the plant growth starts slowing at that point. It's pretty much halted by November, but I've seen my plants survive until mid-November - long enough for many of the pods to have a chance to mature.

 

But the short summer is why I try to start planting my seeds inside around November - in the hopes they'll have a chance to really grow before getting outside and maybe hit maturity by the start of summer.. Alas, this time around definitely didn't work out that way :( .. but I'm determined to work out the kinks and get this all down to an art. lol


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 09:54 PM

At the moment, it looks like this will be my line-up for this season:

 

* Bell Pepper

* Jalapeno

* Cayenne

* Super Chili

* Habanero

* Naga Jolokia

* White Ghost (Bhut Jolokia White originally grown from seeds from PepperLover)

* Brown Naglah

* Chocolate Bhutlah

 

- At the moment the seedlings I have transplanted of Bell Pepper & Jalapeno were mostly bought from garden centers. I have more to transplant that I started myself.

- The Cayenne, Super Chili & Habanero seedlings are bought from garden centers

- I have some Brown Naglah seedlings transplanted already in the greenhouse (around 15), and inside I have some seedlings starting to sprout

- White Ghost and Naga Jolokia seedlings are also in the process of starting to sprout inside.

- Sadly, only 3 seedlings of the Chocolate Bhutlah survived, but some are still better than none! (seeds from PuckerButt Pepper Company)

 

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Suddenly this season the local shops have stopped selling the Plant Prod plant feed I've always used for my plants. I've always used the Starter, All-Purpose, and Flowering water-soluble feeds.. Namely, at this time of year I'd be starting to use the All-Purpose:

 

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.. But instead, all the shops seem to be replacing Plant Prod with some new ProMix feeds.. Sadly, none seem to have the All-Purpose mix. I've only found the Tomato mix and Flowering mix, so it looks like I'll have to go with the Tomato mix for now:

 

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.. That's the closest I've found.. Anyone have any experience with this product?


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 05:22 PM

Hey folks, sorry I haven't updated more! Been quite busy all-around :)
 
Here's the latest video update I posted over on YouTube that I posted a couple of days ago.. You'll definitely notice a difference from the last clip I posted earlier in the thread!

 


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