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#181 stettoman

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:09 AM

I guess I'm officially in the club. Upon close inspection of my Aji Oro this morning I discovered these guys.

 

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Never had aphids. Now I do. Anyone want to let me know what I'm in for?

 

Yes, we have those pesky ladybug looking critters, anyone with a mile of a soybean field will suffer them, but I know is they stink if you step on or swat one hard enough. They eat aphids, yes?

 

Sorry to impose, but I'm in my initial panic state, it will pass.........right?


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:35 AM

I guess I'm officially in the club. Upon close inspection of my Aji Oro this morning I discovered these guys.

 

Never had aphids. Now I do. Anyone want to let me know what I'm in for?

 

Sorry to impose, but I'm in my initial panic state, it will pass.........right?

 

 

That sucks Stetto.  I've had this happen before not getting them all removed when bringing plants indoors at the end of the season.  Never failed to eradicate them, though. 

 

I've always started treatment by removing the bulk of the aphids, either tilting the plant and spraying it off with the hose or carefully with warmer water using a hand-held shower head in the shower, or by inverting the plant, if small enough, and submersing into a 5g bucket of lukewarm water and agitating.  Either way tons of the little bastards will come off and it removes some of that sticky honeydew residue off the leaves.

 

After that I've done the plant-safe soap and water trick, apply, let sit a few, then rinse and keep out of any intense light until dry.  Neem works too, but I've always had success with the soap.  Also, I repeat the process once or twice with a several days time gap between to catch the ones that survived or eggs that hatched subsequently.  Seems the warmer and more humid the plants are kept the faster those little bastards multiply.

 

Good luck man.  Hopefully your next season will be gangbusters and pay you off for the efforts!



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Posted 07 November 2018 - 09:50 AM

Haven't seen aphid one in a month, hope they aren't laying in the weeds for Christmas.

 

A little November surprise:

 

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This is fruit from my Ecuadorian Red....yep, that one.

 

I decided to overwinter ALL of my Rocotos, some are in south facing windows, some in a windowless room in the cellar under stoe-bought sunlight. All are doing well, though I've done nary a trim but to test clone a couple Turbo Pube. It would be so dammed nice to have some pod setting in late June or earlier. Some of my plants haven't set a fruit yet...


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Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:35 AM

Nice man, looking good!

We're about to get our first frost here on Saturday, so I plan on picking everything still on my rocoto plants over the next few days. I haven't gone out in the garden in over a week, so I'm sure there are lots of ripe pods to harvest.

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 04:10 PM

Got a couple going. Probably need to trim them back a little. Already got one pod off them but no more flowers in months. These are supposed to be Mini Reds but the pod was orange. Otherwise it looked just like a mini red pod. It was pretty freaking hot too. :D

 

They are enjoying a fine diet of Happy Frog with additional kelp meal and worm castings. ProMix all purpose with about half pine bark fines added.

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 04:29 PM

Yup, I had to trim the Turbo this morning.

 

I've been trimming the ladies downstairs right along, they seem awful happy...And I haven't changed their dirt yet either.

 

Found a couple pods that set sometime in the last few weeks, one a Rocoto Rojo, the other an Aji Largo. I know they won't amount to much, but I just can't force myself to clip them out....


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Posted 03 January 2019 - 08:43 AM

Got a couple going. Probably need to trim them back a little. Already got one pod off them but no more flowers in months. These are supposed to be Mini Reds but the pod was orange. Otherwise it looked just like a mini red pod. It was pretty freaking hot too. :D
 
They are enjoying a fine diet of Happy Frog with additional kelp meal and worm castings. ProMix all purpose with about half pine bark fines added.
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You can make some nice clones from those branches

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 01:47 PM

I would clone but i got too many things going on. Last years plants were beautiful but didn't produce many peppers. My climate is just not well suited to most rocotos so im trying the Aji Oro next year and 2 overwinter seedlings. It wasnt until night time temps took a huge drop that i got hardly any pods. By then it was too late for most to ripen.

 

Im hoping these 2 plants might produce before the summer time night temps get too high and then again when it cools back down. I tried everything last year and flowers just would not hold long enough to get pods. Aji Oro is supposed to be more heat tolerant. I will be starting those in about a month.



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Posted 22 January 2019 - 03:28 AM

I took 8 cuttings from that Red Rocoto and they are growing very nicely.  They are such beautiful plants!

 

What was your propagation mix? If you don't mind me asking..



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Posted 22 January 2019 - 12:50 PM

What was your propagation mix? If you don't mind me asking..

 

My cloning attempts have gotten me bupkis. I have one "viable" cutting left, expect it to shrivel in a week or so. Makes me sad.

 

I'm also still getting an occasional aphid, no great bursting of an egg cache, just a solitary or sometimes a pair of eensy green monsters. But here's the odd part: They only inhabit the Rocoto plants. I have a pair of Bacaatum and an Anuum with absolutely no evidence of aphid activity whatsoever. The house plants seem safe as well.

 

Funny thing about the little buggers is that whether you see one or a thousand, the reaction is the same: PANIC.


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Posted 22 January 2019 - 03:35 PM

I've had good success cloning rocotos. I just trim the end of the branch at the shoot, as long as it is 4-5 inched at least. I then soak the cut end in regular tap water, then dip the cut end in cloning powder, and plant it in either a rockwool cube, or potting soil. Works every time for me. When I used to over winter a lot, I would clone my favorite rocotos, to not have to start from seed. Now, I just start from seed every year, since I don't have the space I used to, for over wintering.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:49 PM

Thanks to an unnamed member.. 
Big Apple Red, Mini Brown, De Seda, Gelbe Riesen
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Triple cotyledon?? Big Apple 
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Posted 12 February 2019 - 02:44 AM

Looking good Crafty.  I like the looks of your medium - what are you using?

 

My new starts to add to the OW's.  There's a few more varieties I'm back and forth on whether to add still this year. Would really like to, but running out of room fast.

 

These guys are a mix of Aji Largo, San Camillo, Gelbe Riesen Variant, De Seda, Giant Yellow, Costa Rican Red (Pendant type).

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:53 AM

I'm not sure who I saw using this method on here, maybe it was you.. First I'm laying down a base layer, filling 2/3 of the cup with ProMix Green, then covering that with about a 1/2" layer of Burpee seed starter, which is mostly Coir. Just about everything I've done with this method has germinated in 5-10 days.. Whereas some of the things I've sewn into just ProMix, or a mixture of the two, has not germinated yet. Also used a 30hr pre-soak in Chamomile Tea solution as well. They seem a bit leggy, but we'll see where they end up after the leaf splitting is finished.. Hopefully they end up looking more compact like your collection there!
I picked up two bags of the Burpee SS when it was on sale for 1.50-USD a bag.. Now I can't find it for less than 4.50-USD.. Hopefully it'll last me for this season.  :scared:



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 11:11 AM

I've had good success cloning rocotos. I just trim the end of the branch at the shoot, as long as it is 4-5 inched at least. I then soak the cut end in regular tap water, then dip the cut end in cloning powder, and plant it in either a rockwool cube, or potting soil. Works every time for me. When I used to over winter a lot, I would clone my favorite rocotos, to not have to start from seed. Now, I just start from seed every year, since I don't have the space I used to, for over wintering.

 

Well, this will be my last cloning attempt, this year anyway. I do have a cutting still in a shot glass full of ugly algae filth that refuses to die or wilt or root or anything else, but this one is "trying it your way", Dale. I put it to seedling coir right after reading your post, and so far the little guy is doing it's best to lean into the sun (so no, that's not wilt), but I'm not seeing roots yet either.

 

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My overwinters are starting to notice the longer days and commencing new growth. Can't wait for this miserable winter to be over!!


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:03 PM

It takes a little while for roots to sprout, but it looks like the plant is still alive and healthy.

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 02:07 PM

TGCM.  With your propagation method are you doing anything to capture humidity around the cutting or spraying periodically, or just plain old ambient humidity?



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 03:01 PM

TGCM.  With your propagation method are you doing anything to capture humidity around the cutting or spraying periodically, or just plain old ambient humidity?


Nope, I just cut the stem, soak it the cut end in water for an hour or more, dust it with root hormone, then plant it in potting soil or rockwool. I treat it exactly like I would any seedling, as far as water requirements.

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 06:39 PM

I like the simplicity. Will have to try this.



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 08:43 PM

Here are a couple of mine

 

first one is a yellow manzano

 

 

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Next up a Rocoto de seda

 

 

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giving these lady's bigger shoes this weekend ;)






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