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#1 CraftyFox

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 05:21 PM

Just reading on some of the environmental preferences of the Pubescens species and wondering about how they fair indoors. Would love to hear your experiences growing these, to fruit, indoors.. Or links to your log.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 06:09 PM

Not sure why but I always have a hard time biting my lip when it comes to Pubes-cens jokes but I always try to behave to the best of my ability on the more serious threads.... :eh: :eh:

 

But I am also wondering this same question as I have some Red Manzanos that came last week...though mine will go outside eventually but will spend a few months indoors at least.


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 07:30 PM

I'm overwintering a HERD of Rocotos, so far I know they like natural short day window light more than store-bought, they flower like crazy under stress (aforementioned store bought light) but I only have two errant (unintentional) pods resulting. The plants under artificial 12/12 lighting @ 70°F are losing leaves slowly, but not showing other signs of impending demise. I think they're ready for some natural light. Those plants are not losing leaves and look healthy, though dormant.

I'm not a horticulturalist, don't task me, but what else can I tell you?

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:47 PM

My pubescens loved my basement.
-T12 or T8 lamps 12on/off
-Foliage Pro (weak mix)
-probably 60-65F during the winter
-fan oscillating

And I did my best to diddle every new flower with every other flower to really spread the pollen around.

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 01:45 AM

My pubescens loved my basement.
-T12 or T8 lamps 12on/off
-Foliage Pro (weak mix)
-probably 60-65F during the winter
-fan oscillating

And I did my best to diddle every new flower with every other flower to really spread the pollen around.

Sweet deal! You aren't far south of here. Thanks for sharing.
I'd like to eventually have some growing space in the basement as well.
I'll have to look at your logs.

Any idea what your humidity range was when you were setting fruit?
 



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 09:50 AM

Exactly 30% here.

Here is my Peruvian Red, a cellar dweller until a few days ago, proliferating the bloom. Like Matt I've been manipulating pollen, it's a shame to waste pretty flowers like this, no?

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 11:04 AM

30% seems crazy dry for a pepper to set fruit! Pretty awesome!
Are those typical Pubescens leaves there or is something going on with this plant?



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 12:09 PM

30% seems crazy dry for a pepper to set fruit! Pretty awesome!
Are those typical Pubescens leaves there or is something going on with this plant?

30% is high for this time of year where I'm at, and yes, it's dry. We go through it every winter. Then in summer we deal with 70 to 99%. It's a cyclic extreme we try to adapt to. I've burned out enough humidifiers AND dehumidifiers to just give up and deal with it.

 

The leaves are young, these are relatively new growth from "trunk" nodes, I'm sure this plant is, in it's way, having issues with what phase it's in. All my plants under artificial light have smaller leaves and many flowers. You think the Peruvian has a lot, you should see the Giant yellow...

 

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These girls, especially the basement residents, are taking water like crazy, every second to third day one or another is in need of a good drink. I've cooled it on the nutes, was feeding either fish gut soup or CNS17 every few weeks, but stopped in mid December.

 

I also have an Aji Amarillo, Aji Mango and a Large Orange Thai residing in south facing windows. They are behaving better than the Pubes, no new blossoms, no spontaneous hypergrowth, but no leave drop either. Just a nice, somber, dormant sleep....


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 09:16 PM

I'm not a Pubescens expert, because they aren't supposed to do grow in my climate.  But...  when I researched my grow, and what my experience eventually told me, is that they do their very best when you have a 10-15 degree difference in your daily temperature.  I've no doubt that they can be grown indoors, but if doing so, I'd probably want to keep it on the cooler side.  Low humidity shouldn't be a problem for them.  They are high altitude plants.  As such, you'd expect them to be low humidity lovers.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 01:15 PM

Is there a point where humidity can become excessive for them? Someone is gifting me some Mini Browns, and I'm pretty excited to try them out. 
We run AC in the summer, or the humidity is cloying, usually between 63-82F in here, rarely higher. My basement is cooler and more humid, for the time being.
Do you keep a fan on those ones in the basement, Stettoman? I hear you about the humidity! It's pretty rare for us to dip below 40% because we have a lot of moisture issues we are contending with, and it can get like a swamp in the summer.



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Posted 23 January 2019 - 07:56 PM

You need to keep a fan on ANY inside pepper plants!


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