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#1 Greyhound_Gourmet

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 01:40 PM

hi!  I brought in my 1 yellow Fatalli plant and 2 of my Hot Lemon plants at the end of October and have them under my T5 4' long grow light.  The Fatalli has been flowering really nicely (the Hot Lemon only a few) but the flowers just keep drying up and no fruit is being produced :(  I've touched them gently with my fingers but not sure if that's how you pollinate or?

 

what's the best method?  How exactly do I do it - do I just touch a flower or do I have to kind of touch them all or?

 

ETA: I have the lights on for about 12 hours a day -- should they be on more or less? 

 

TIA!


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Posted 19 December 2018 - 02:01 PM

Blow on them.



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 03:57 PM

Last year I tried growing chinense-kinds indoors as well and they stopped dropping flowers when the humidity levels went up. Winter here == dry indoors and outdoors. It's written elseplace that chinense are more tropical and like their humidity and at least in my limited experience that seems about right.



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 07:42 PM

Sounds like you need more light, I'm assuming your just have one tube? 54W is not a lot of light really



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Posted 20 December 2018 - 11:58 AM

Sounds like you need more light, I'm assuming your just have one tube? 54W is not a lot of light really

I think it's 6400 watts, it's a 4 foot long T5 bulb?  I'm going to try leaving it on longer than the 12 I'm doing now.

 

I went and "tickled" the flowers in the hope of helping pollination, not sure if that will do anything :D



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Posted 20 December 2018 - 01:54 PM

Lol, 6400 watts would fry those plants and your house, its most likely the color temp of the light.

I have water pans under my peppers and keep them full so the peppers stay moist.

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 01:59 PM

Lol, 6400 watts would fry those plants and your house, its most likely the color temp of the light.

I have water pans under my peppers and keep them full so the peppers stay moist.

LOL  oh geesh.  It said "6400K" and I took it as watts.  Looks like it is indeed just 54 watts....

 

  • T5 high output grow light fixture; 6400 K/ 54 watt energy efficient T5 bulb; 6' grounded cord with On/Off switch

 

I'm kicking myself for not coming here a few weeks ago, I had brought in my one planter with my favorite Fatalli's so I could ripen the last 20 or so pods.  Once it was done I just tossed the 3 plants out into the garden area.  I didn't realize I could have just trimmed them back and regrow them next year :( :( :( 



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Posted 20 December 2018 - 02:13 PM

Its ok, we all make mistakes.

I brought my ghost peppers inside and they have been doing pretty well, considering how little daylight we have right now.
We live on the 45th parallel, so the days are short and the sun is low in the sky. I keep my peppers watered and they keep growing.
I am not using a grow light, but they are in an east window. The days will start getting longer in another week, so the worst should be almost past. I have harvested over 50 pods from 2 plants so far this winter.

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 08:35 AM

Flower drop probable causes:

 

1. Day temp too high >95F

2. Night temp too low <65F or too high >85F

3. Too much nitrogen fertilizer

4. Too much water

5. Low light levels (reduces fertility).

6. Very low humidity (reduces fertility)

7. Poor air circulation (air circulation contributes to pollination).

8. Lack of pollinating insects.

9. Size of pot

10. Too much mineral in feedwater.

11. Too much grower attention/anxiety


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