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#41 Mitzi

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 01:11 PM

These are the three lanky seedlings plus the CW Red in porridge pots. Weak and floppy as if they'd been on a bender all weekend. Come on, troops, grow a backbone and look lively!

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 04:06 PM

Way to talk to your seedlings, Mitzi!

I'm sure they will straighten up for ya!

 

I have found a mix of gentle persuasion

and brutal invective to be most effective

when having discourse with my seedlings.


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 05:49 PM

Talking to them boosts their carbon dioxide levels so helps them grow.

 

Last summer, every time I went past it, I told my Reaper plant that it was going in the compost bin at the end of the season if it didn't produce x number of pods.  It kind of worked but most of the pods were so tiny they were unusable.  However, the plant is still with me.


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 05:50 PM

After a couple of days on a sunny windowsill*, today is cloudy so I've got them under the Secret Jardin LED light in the "grow room" which isn't actually set up for this year yet.  They are getting much more intense light than the other seedlings, which are on the dining room windowsill under an IKEA grow light.  I hope it doesn't fry them!  However there are some overwintering plants on the grow room windowsill which have some pest problems, so I will have to keep a very close eye on the seedlings.

 

*Brought in at night so they don't get chilled


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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:37 AM

Just worked out that there are about 20 more varieties that I want to sow; a few baccatum and 15 or so annuum.  I don't have room for all those, and yet I really want to grow each variety; it's hard to pick some to drop.  It's probably just as well that not all the varieties I've already sown have germinated, although of course it's the ones I really wanted (e.g. Manzano Orange and BBG7) that have failed.

 

I'm also supposed to be doing a seedling swap on another forum - so that could result in another four varieties to grow!  My other half saw our (occasional) gardener in the pub the other day and apparently he (the gardener) said he wants to use some of my glazed ceramic plant pots for another customer.  No effing way!  I'll tell him that I have plans to put chillies in all of them.  I'd also best go out and photograph the pots so I'll know if any disappear.


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Posted 05 February 2019 - 04:29 PM

Mitzi, I am loving what you're achieving. 

 

Your Gardener is a gem, I wouldn't doubt. Don't worry that he's trying to steal your ceramic pots for one of his chums. I'm sure he'll be compensating you.

 

"I'm just taking your greenhouse. I'm know you won't mind. Mitzi, down the road need's it more than you do."

 

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 08:13 AM

Caterpillars: I have some on my overwintering plants, in the "grow room" and the back bedroom.  Thankfully the three plants in our bedroom are unaffected as yet.  Some leaves have been getting chewed ever since I brought them indoors but I didn't find the culprits.  However, I found a small one yesterday and a bigger one today.  A couple of months ago there was a sudden appearance of brown-coloured moths in the house, bigger than clothes moths.  Now I'm thinking that those had hatched out from the caterpillars that were on the plants when I brought them in, that they have laid eggs on the plants and now the second generation are much more prolific (no bluetits indoors to eat them off the plants.)

 

My OH thinks I should just bin all the plants from the two affected rooms to protect the seedlings.  I am emotionally attached to some of my plants so I've suggested chopping them down hard (removing all leaves) and spraying them (suggestions for caterpillar-killing sprays welcome) and keeping a very close eye out on any new growth.  Oh, and also move the ones from the grow room into the back bedroom so they are all in one room and separate from seedlings.  What does anyone think? I know hand-picking is recommended for caterpillars rather than sprays but they are very difficult to see and my eyesight isn't the best.


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Posted 07 February 2019 - 08:37 AM

I think BT kills them but I could be wrong.

BTW, what are bluetits?

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 12:19 PM

I think BT kills them but I could be wrong.

BTW, what are bluetits?

 

Blue tit: https://www.rspb.org...d-a-z/blue-tit/

 

Little birds that eat caterpillars, inter alia.

 

What is BT?



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Posted 08 February 2019 - 07:52 PM

Hi Mitzi. BT is bacillus thuringensis, I believe. Spelling

may be off due to faulty memory banks, but they are

organisms that infect and eat pests in the soil, and water. 

 

As for starting new seeds, it's always good to have backup  :D

 


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 09:13 PM

I think BT kills them but I could be wrong.

BTW, what are bluetits?

  

Blue tit: https://www.rspb.org...d-a-z/blue-tit/
 
Little birds that eat caterpillars, inter alia.
 
What is BT?

Blue tits 🤣
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Put down the pot and pick up the pod

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 11:04 AM

Seeds sown today:

 

Hot Orange - baccatum

Ethiopian Peppertree - baccatum

Ethiopian Berbere - annuum

Numex Lemon Spice Jalapeno - annuum

Gelbe Kirschen (Yellow Cherry) - annuum

Monkey Face - annuum

Purple Tiger - annuum

Cseresznye (hot cherry) paprika - annuum
 
Fingers crossed!
 


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 11:09 AM

Cut down the four overwinters in the grow room.  I'm going to throw out the Burkina Yellow - it's never done terribly well and it seems mostly dead now.  There were lots of caterpillars on all the plants.  The ones that I caught alive I have put outside on the bird table.  Squished others and just dropped some branches straight into the compost bag so there will be some more in there.  The big surprise is that I found five (live) ladybirds.  I was sure that all the ladybirds had escaped in summer when the window was open; I certainly haven't seen any for many months.  Now I'm worried that there will have been more ladybirds on the branches I dropped into the compost sack, but I really can't be sorting through it looking for them.  It has taken me a lot longer than I planned just to cut back and remove any leaves that have holes in them.  Not sure what to do with the ladybirds; because I've removed virtually all the leaves, there won't be many aphids so they might starve.  But it's far too cold to put them outside.  Oh well - best get on with cutting back all the plants in the back room then maybe I can put the ladybirds in there.

 

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Now I've cut back the overwinters in the back room.  Decided I will also get rid of one of the Chocolate Nagabrains and the BOC x Primo which was nice enough but nothing particularly special.  The Nebru 7 looks a bit ropy but I'd like to keep it for another year if possible as it did well in the first year and will hopefully be even better in year two. 


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 03:13 PM

Always sumptin', huh, Mitzi...

 

Cut some grapes in half and put them

around your plants for the ladybird beetles.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 04:26 PM

Always sumptin', huh, Mitzi...

 

Cut some grapes in half and put them

around your plants for the ladybird beetles.

 

Grapes?  Grapes???  I thought ladybirds were carnivores?  I bet the caterpillars would love some grapes, though.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 04:31 PM

Pricked out into Jiffy 7s:

 

1 x Rocoto Canario Yellow

3 x Caramel Moruga Scorpion

1 x 7 Pot Burgundy

3 x Aji Guyana

2 x Aji Berry Amarillo

2 x Sugar Rush Cream

 

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:08 PM

 
Grapes?  Grapes???  I thought ladybirds were carnivores?  I bet the caterpillars would love some grapes, though.

PaulG is referring to another post where we saw it worked and they liked it. Probably helps hydrate :beer:
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Posted 11 February 2019 - 06:50 AM

Updated grow list

 

Germinated (at least one seedling):

  1. BBG7 White
  2. Bhut Jolokia Peach
  3. Bhut Jolokia White
  4. Chilliwilly Red
  5. Chilliwilly Yellow
  6. Matthew Arthur SB
  7. SB MoA WHP X
  8. White Lightning F6
  9. 7 Pot Burgundy
  10. Moruga Scorpion Caramel
  11. Guyana Rush F2
  12. Havana Gold
  13. Aji Berry Amarillo
  14. Aji Guyana
  15. Sugar Rush Cream
  16. Rocoto Canario Yellow
 
Not yet germinated; sown eight days ago, so there might still be time:
  • Aji Mango
  • Criolla Sella
  • El Oro Del Trinidad
  • BOC
  • Coyote Zan White
 

Failed to germinate after more than a month:

  • BBG7 Red (2 sowings)
  • Black Cayman (2 sowings)
  • Fatalii Peach (2 sowings)
  • TFM SB (2 sowings)
  • Uber Fatalii (2 sowings)
  • Manzano Orange
 
It's frustrating having so many no-shows but I suppose it's a good way to reduce my grow, which I certainly needed to do.  I think I'll buy fresh seed for next year although I know that doesn't guarantee anything.

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 05:32 AM

Yesterday I bought some grapes.  Cut one into quarters and put three of the pieces into the tub with the ladybirds.  This morning two out of the five ladybirds looked to be dead.  Definitely all alive last night.  Grapes not good.



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:57 AM

  Blue tits 🤣
Im such a child sometimes ☺😆


Yeah I didn't see any tits on that bird, blue or otherwise!




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