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#1 Teaks

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 04:46 PM

Hello everyone, I'd like to just post up my journey as a beginner.

 

I started a garden this previous year, all outdoors, and had more tomatoes and cucumbers than I could even use. My bell peppers did awful, I think I got two or three tiny mutated looking peppers. Jalepenos did good as well as my little red mexican chilis (pretty sure thats the exact name that was on the seed labels.) Perhaps my proudest was my ghost pepper plant, which produced probably 60 pods.

 

Unfortunately, I thought I could harvest them early as the first frost was fast approaching, and hopefully they would ripen well like green tomatoes in the windowsill. Eventually they just turned mushy and nasty. Only a few actually turned red and the rest were lost. I chalk this up to being a beginner, and hopefully this post will bring me some insight on what I could be doing better.

 

Anyways, before I get much further I have gotten a lot of inspiration from YouTube, Khang Starr and Jeb the Gardener on YouTube are awesome channels I highly recommend checking out. Khang is mainly pepper videos and he does really awesome crossbreeding, Jeb is more around general garden stuff and uses the Kratky method for just about everything which has gotten me into Hydroponics!

 

Here are a few of my plants I am growing,

 



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Posted 17 November 2017 - 04:53 PM

He are a few of my plants I am growing,
 
My chocolate habenero I am growing with the Kratky method:
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Overwintered Ghost pepper:
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Tomato I'm attempting to grow indoors (while it's cold at least)
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The rest of these photos are taken about a month after the previous ones. A few are of the growth on overwintered jalepenos as well as the root systems on my Kratky pepper plant!
 
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Posted 17 November 2017 - 04:55 PM

For some reason I couldn't edit my first post so forgive me for the double post.. the second comment from me has more context about the plants.

 

Also, does anyone know if this is an issue on my OW Ghost pepper?

 

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 06:44 PM

Their Looking Good :)



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Posted 17 November 2017 - 07:13 PM

Thank you!

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 11:36 PM

I am liking your setup. Good luck on the grow. Cheers!



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Posted 17 November 2017 - 11:47 PM

Thanks for the reply Voodoo!!!

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 11:18 PM

Looking good!

 

Good luck with it all!


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 12:08 AM

Looking good DJ keep up the good work and welcome to this great site


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 07:47 AM

Looking good!

 

Good luck with it all!

 

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 07:49 AM

Looking good DJ keep up the good work and welcome to this great site


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 01:03 PM

Could anyone help me with this? My ghost that im over wintering has very fragile leaves and I'm noticing a few dark spots on the stems.

The stems are very sturdy and hard. But, just not sure if I need to be worried

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 03:32 PM

That's the branch without many new leaves right? Pretty sure the plant is just picking what areas to focus on growth and letting the other old branches die. If there is a better looking branch with new leaf growth, I would probably assume that's going to be the new main trunk and you can trim the other stuff off.



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:50 PM

That's the branch without many new leaves right? Pretty sure the plant is just picking what areas to focus on growth and letting the other old branches die. If there is a better looking branch with new leaf growth, I would probably assume that's going to be the new main trunk and you can trim the other stuff off.


Yes it is an old branch. I thought you weren't supposed to trim woody parts when you prune?

Since they'll grow back the strongest new branches

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:08 PM

I think the top of that branch is dying, that's why I said you could trim that part off. Should be no harm in leaving it on though. You can see if it ends up coming back with leaves.



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:32 PM

Don't trim anything yet. Just let it be. It needs to figure out where it will grow and what it will let die. When it is ready it will let the branch fully die, it will just dry out like a piece of wood. Don't trim it off until then because it may still be alive or connected inside, and you risk another wound on the plant while it is weak which could lead to disease or rot. 



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:34 PM

Also when you trim branches for overwintering, you can cover the cut with a putty mixture of cinnamon and honey to repel mold and cap off the fresh cut to keep it safe. Not a big deal now that the end has dried out but in the future I recommend doing that. 



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 07:22 PM

Also when you trim branches for overwintering, you can cover the cut with a putty mixture of cinnamon and honey to repel mold and cap off the fresh cut to keep it safe. Not a big deal now that the end has dried out but in the future I recommend doing that. 


Damn, the more you know I guess! Thanks for the feedback. I'm gonna keep an eye on it in the coming weeks

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 12:04 PM

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 12:08 PM

A little bit of progress made since my previous posts, tomato seems to have doubled in size and leaves are back to being very green. It's loving the sunroom.

 

Also my peppers are growing quite nicely, I need to inspect them for their Y joint or whatever as well as doing some research on pruning.

 

I want to grow one normally and I want to top the second one to promote bushiness just to see what differences there are.

The seeds were from a friend of a friend's chocolate scotch bonnet or habenero. I say either or because it was just given to me with the description chocolate hab but I tasted just a super tiny spec of the pepper and it lit me up hotter than almost the ghost pepper did.

 

Anyways what do you guys think? Oh and I'm in growing zone 5B and the temperatures outside are around 40 and slowly going to creep towards the 20s-30s this winter. Luckily I've got a good furnace and ample sunlight from my windows - as well as two walmart grow strips to supplement extra light once the sun goes down

 

EDIT:: just looking over the pictures I was reminded that a few of my tomato leaves are curled almost in half but dont really appear to have anything wrong with them - could this just be them getting a little too cold and curling in? The windows are being replaced early Dec so cold air could be getting in and bringing temps down from 70 to maybe 60, I do have a space heater running on low in there as well.

I will say that for a few days it got down to 55-57 when the furnace was acting up


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