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Posted 09 June 2019 - 12:46 PM

Looking forward to any input and thoughts on the matter! Couple other spotlights...

 

TSM Yellow rockin some big ol leaves

 

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Devils Nagabrains Red 

 

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You can spot all 3 of my Leviathan Scorpions out of the group from a mile away, very distinct pointy leaves.

 

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Blues coming on

 

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And another cool frog!

 

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 12:47 PM

Ok took 3 posts but I got it all on there! Thanks for stopping by. Hope all is well and green with everyone!



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Posted 09 June 2019 - 03:14 PM

Great to see the update on how things are going!  You aren't kidding about the local growth stall.  Seems to be hitting my scotch bonnets worst of all.  Heck, we hit 80F in mid-March and had < 50F's and hail within the last few days.  The big weather swings just don't seem to give the chilies a chance to settle in and do their thing. 

 

I think a hoop house would be a big plus for you. I struggle some because it's not located at my house so I can't adjust it daily if/as needed, but it still helps with hardening off and adds length to my season on both ends.  It's easy to set up and then take down when not needed and you can adjust it from fully enclosed for temps all the way to an open ended tunnel to simply keep the rain off the plants and protect them from wind damage. I don't mind losing those big low leaves at all though. I figure they always get beat up and being down touching the soil or in the "splash zone" they make the plant more susceptible to diseases and bugs and such. Plus once they're gone the sun can reach the low lateral growth nodes that much easier.

 

Your "late starts" look in great shape to produce this season - and I like that canopy shot of uniform healthy green leaves.  Blueberries looking good too!  I let mine get a little dry at the wrong time and they aren't looking nearly that plump. Glad things are doing good and hopefully our weather will be better from here on out.



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Posted 09 June 2019 - 04:43 PM

I think the best news of the update is my late start seeds I threw in that I was planning on being some nice big OWs that wouldn't produce pods this year are catching up to the outdoor CCNs in a quick hurry! I'm 99.9999% sure as long as I don't have any disasters that I can get these 40 gallons to full maturity this season pods and all. I'm not taking them outside until mother nature can match my 86 degree and sunny growroom either! You can see the back and left side are the 40 gallons and in front of them are 45 super late starts that I started a couple weeks back in 3.5 pots... Now I'm wondering if I can get them to full maturity..... Ok now I'm just talking non sense!

 

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Love me a canopy shot!

 

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So here is my version of Shanes "Twilight Zone" plant.... I don't have a cool name for it yet though, any ideas?  :think:

 

It's supposed to be a Brazilian Moruga Brown, I posted a picture of it in the last update because the early branching was quite abnormal to me, well it's grown up a bit since and now I'm convinced there is something really off about this plant. Maybe I'm an idiot and they're supposed to look like this but I have never seen a superhot personally or on the internet that looks like this so I have a hard time thinking that's the case but please, correct me if I'm wrong! 

 

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I mean seriously... Totally weird freaking plant right?

 

It has a younger brother/sister as well that is also just as strange...

 

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All those plants look great! Except the you know which ones :rolleyes:

 

I had a tomato plant go insane like that this year; I'm sure many would say it was a herbicide issue, but the 50+ around it look fine?? I filed that under shit happens.. :shh:

 

Edit: I hear ya about no time...I take pics and never post them!
 


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Posted 09 June 2019 - 04:50 PM

Great to see the update on how things are going!  You aren't kidding about the local growth stall.  Seems to be hitting my scotch bonnets worst of all.  Heck, we hit 80F in mid-March and had < 50F's and hail within the last few days.  The big weather swings just don't seem to give the chilies a chance to settle in and do their thing. 

 

I think a hoop house would be a big plus for you. I struggle some because it's not located at my house so I can't adjust it daily if/as needed, but it still helps with hardening off and adds length to my season on both ends.  It's easy to set up and then take down when not needed and you can adjust it from fully enclosed for temps all the way to an open ended tunnel to simply keep the rain off the plants and protect them from wind damage. I don't mind losing those big low leaves at all though. I figure they always get beat up and being down touching the soil or in the "splash zone" they make the plant more susceptible to diseases and bugs and such. Plus once they're gone the sun can reach the low lateral growth nodes that much easier.

 

Your "late starts" look in great shape to produce this season - and I like that canopy shot of uniform healthy green leaves.  Blueberries looking good too!  I let mine get a little dry at the wrong time and they aren't looking nearly that plump. Glad things are doing good and hopefully our weather will be better from here on out.

 

Hopefully the crazy weather will pass. It's just under 100 here today and a cool front, in June mind you, here in the deep South is going to put us at 81° for a high tomorrow. That's like totally unheard of down here. Wish that would have hit Friday night after sweating like a pig this weekend..LOL


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Posted 09 June 2019 - 08:17 PM

I think the best news of the update is my late start seeds I threw in that I was planning on being some nice big OWs that wouldn't produce pods this year are catching up to the outdoor CCNs in a quick hurry! I'm 99.9999% sure as long as I don't have any disasters that I can get these 40 gallons to full maturity this season pods and all. I'm not taking them outside until mother nature can match my 86 degree and sunny growroom either! You can see the back and left side are the 40 gallons and in front of them are 45 super late starts that I started a couple weeks back in 3.5 pots... Now I'm wondering if I can get them to full maturity..... Ok now I'm just talking non sense!

Impressive, brother!

 

 

Love me a canopy shot!

That's lush!

 

 

So here is my version of Shanes "Twilight Zone" plant.... I don't have a cool name for it yet though, any ideas?  :think:

 

It's supposed to be a Brazilian Moruga Brown, I posted a picture of it in the last update because the early branching was quite abnormal to me, well it's grown up a bit since and now I'm convinced there is something really off about this plant. Maybe I'm an idiot and they're supposed to look like this but I have never seen a superhot personally or on the internet that looks like this so I have a hard time thinking that's the case but please, correct me if I'm wrong! 

 

 

 

It has a younger brother/sister as well that is also just as strange...

 

 

I don't think that is normal. Maybe a virus of some kind?

Sometimes they have strange effects on leaves. Like varigation.

 

At least that what a groundskeeper friend of mine told me. They

can also cause mutations that get passed on, I think.


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Posted 09 June 2019 - 08:48 PM


DW! That is insanity!!! Did you catch that Rattler by yourself? Either way, I'm throwing some big time respect your way! That's nuts! Not many people would hold either of those. What kind was the first one? Man you got some serious snakes around your place that's really cool. If we see a little Gardener snake around here it's a big deal. I can't imagine seeing one of those hanging around!

 

 

Yes, I caught the rattler to save her life. Another picture and a little bit more about her found here.

http://thehotpepper....ason/?p=1615053

 

Check out the diamondback Devv had outside his door. Same thread a bit later.

 

The other snake is an intergrade of Florida King to Chain King. I saved that one too. He was in the middle of an intersection. I stopped and walked up to him and offered my arm. He climbed straight up my arm and went in my shirt. Poor guy was scared half to death. Exceptional personality on that one. He went to Florida to join an educational program for young children.

 

The cat living to 26 is amazing. I didn't know a kitty could live to that age but nothing an animal does should surprise me. A neighbor has a horse that's 44 years old.



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Posted 13 June 2019 - 06:50 AM

I'd cut those plants loose just in case the seeds had a virus of some sort. I had one variety do this about three years ago. looked exactly like that. They went in the garbage...not even the compost. All the others are looking awesome. I love that part of the grow. Didn't you at one point convert your garage into a grow room??? Maybe I just didn't read back far enough yet.


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Posted 13 June 2019 - 06:36 PM

Rosy Boas can grow to 48 inches...but rarely go beyond 36. This guy is maybe 30"...haven't measured him 

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 11:55 AM

 

All those plants look great! Except the you know which ones :rolleyes:

 

I had a tomato plant go insane like that this year; I'm sure many would say it was a herbicide issue, but the 50+ around it look fine?? I filed that under shit happens.. :shh:

 

Edit: I hear ya about no time...I take pics and never post them!
 

 

Thank you Scott! I know man it's weird.. I'm gonna address it further with its weekly picture here shortly. I haven't found any answers on the matter yet. I know it's not herbicides so I can check that off the list.... We'll see what happens!

 

 

Hopefully the crazy weather will pass. It's just under 100 here today and a cool front, in June mind you, here in the deep South is going to put us at 81° for a high tomorrow. That's like totally unheard of down here. Wish that would have hit Friday night after sweating like a pig this weekend..LOL

 

That is crazy man! I can't even imagine. We had a 92 degree day this last week and it kicked my ass, the older I get the more the heat slows me down I'm noticing, I think it's more the humidity than anything, that good ol sticky heat. 

 

 

I don't think that is normal. Maybe a virus of some kind?

Sometimes they have strange effects on leaves. Like varigation.

 

At least that what a groundskeeper friend of mine told me. They

can also cause mutations that get passed on, I think.

 

Thanks for stopping by Paul! I'll post my thoughts/findings on the mutant here shortly!

 

 

Yes, I caught the rattler to save her life. Another picture and a little bit more about her found here.

http://thehotpepper....ason/?p=1615053

 

Check out the diamondback Devv had outside his door. Same thread a bit later.

 

The other snake is an intergrade of Florida King to Chain King. I saved that one too. He was in the middle of an intersection. I stopped and walked up to him and offered my arm. He climbed straight up my arm and went in my shirt. Poor guy was scared half to death. Exceptional personality on that one. He went to Florida to join an educational program for young children.

 

The cat living to 26 is amazing. I didn't know a kitty could live to that age but nothing an animal does should surprise me. A neighbor has a horse that's 44 years old.

 

Hey DW! I need to head over there to see that and also find out what the heck Matts been up to! I'm assuming Florida Kings eat other snakes like Cali Kings? They're really cool snakes! That is really cool of you to go out and save him like that, I had to share that story with my Wife! I would have loved to see that in person, poor guy he was one lucky snake to have you around that day, sounds like he's having a great new life. 44 year old horse  :shocked: that's nuts! We thought 26 was pretty incredible, I think at the time we looked up the world record and it was 24-25? We never did contact them about it but either way.. Pretty cool to know we had a record breaker. 

 

 

I'd cut those plants loose just in case the seeds had a virus of some sort. I had one variety do this about three years ago. looked exactly like that. They went in the garbage...not even the compost. All the others are looking awesome. I love that part of the grow. Didn't you at one point convert your garage into a grow room??? Maybe I just didn't read back far enough yet.

 

Hey Shane! Man after reading all your guy's thoughts on the matter I'm hoping my decision to keep it doesn't bite me in the ass! I would say the seedling to gallon stage is one of my favorite times right up there with pod up when you start finding out if you have the real deal or unexpected crosses  :)  I did convert my old garage into a grow room! Lol nice memory! I used it again for my 2016 big grow I pictured on page 1, worked out pretty damn good! I don't have a garage anymore now that we moved, traded a garage and small yard for acreage, fair trade for sure but I miss having a garage.. One day when the funds are right I'd love to build one, two for that matter! One for yard stuff and cars and another for peppers lol. 

 

Rosy Boas can grow to 48 inches...but rarely go beyond 36. This guy is maybe 30"...haven't measured him 

 

 

Thanks for the pics Shane! Your snake is beautiful! They look alot like the elusive Cascade Rubber Boas we have around here just quite a bit bigger.. How's the temperament? The Rubber Boas around here are said to be the gentlest of all snakes, wondering if Rosys are of the like.



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Posted 15 June 2019 - 12:24 PM

Great to see the update on how things are going!  You aren't kidding about the local growth stall.  Seems to be hitting my scotch bonnets worst of all.  Heck, we hit 80F in mid-March and had < 50F's and hail within the last few days.  The big weather swings just don't seem to give the chilies a chance to settle in and do their thing. 

 

I think a hoop house would be a big plus for you. I struggle some because it's not located at my house so I can't adjust it daily if/as needed, but it still helps with hardening off and adds length to my season on both ends.  It's easy to set up and then take down when not needed and you can adjust it from fully enclosed for temps all the way to an open ended tunnel to simply keep the rain off the plants and protect them from wind damage. I don't mind losing those big low leaves at all though. I figure they always get beat up and being down touching the soil or in the "splash zone" they make the plant more susceptible to diseases and bugs and such. Plus once they're gone the sun can reach the low lateral growth nodes that much easier.

 

Your "late starts" look in great shape to produce this season - and I like that canopy shot of uniform healthy green leaves.  Blueberries looking good too!  I let mine get a little dry at the wrong time and they aren't looking nearly that plump. Glad things are doing good and hopefully our weather will be better from here on out.

 

I got done typing replies and thought... Wait a second I missed CDs!! 

 

Thanks for stopping by neighbor!! Good to hear your plants felt the stall too, whenever they come to a halt like that I KNOW in my mind its weather but then I start to wonder...  "Did I mess something up? What am I doing wrong here? I did everything just like last year! So.. I should be good.. right? It's gotta be weather... Right..? What if its not though?!" lol..  I've definitely noticed that the hotter the pepper the more they struggle with our climate so it makes sense your scotch was struggling. My Cayenne has been handling our spring the best by far, Fatalii and Caribbean 2nd place and the rest are all superhots and they're taking it the worst by a long shot. How did all the other crazy varieties your growing fair?  Ah don't answer that I need to head over to your glog I'll find out!! 

 

You've talked me into it! If you don't mind maybe I could ask you a few questions regarding the hoophouse, I've never messed with one or built one.. Where did you get yours? Did you build it? Any info would be awesome.. I bring in most of my plants come frost-thirty inside the house to ripen up all pods so I have the tail end of the season under wraps but I really wanna get them outdoors earlier in the spring without having to worry about the bipolar spring weather we get. I can see that having the main portion or your garden away from home would cause some issues, that's dedication right there I don't know how active I'd be in the gardening world if I had to drive to do it, hats off to you there! 

 

I'm with you on the big leaves. They always look good indoors and they're always the first to look like shit and drop after plant out for me. All my CCN's have dropped a good 75% of the "indoor" leaves they had once upon a time. Like you said, the branching takes over in a quick hurry and branching means more pods!

 

Finally got some good weather this week hopefully your plants liked it as much as mine did. And what do you know... were coolin off again just like that! lol. Seems to be temporary... We'll see!  

 

Hope all is well with you bud!



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Posted 15 June 2019 - 12:57 PM

Weekly update!

 

We finally got some toasty weather this past week, hit 92 one day and we had a good 3 days in the 80s. The CCNs loved it and finally started to do some growin!

 

Literally almost every leaf/branch in the next few pics appeared over the course of the last week, you can definitely tell the difference between the weather beaten indoor leaves and the new outdoor growth.

 

Fatalii starting to come on strong

 

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Douglah finally getting its grow on

 

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Peach Bhut

 

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Captain Cayenne hasn't skipped a beat even with the majority of its outdoor life being sub par weather wise. As most of you know I wasn't even gonna keep this plant (test dummy) Well after seeing it fill out its 5 gallon already and loading down with pods I thought... Screw it. I'm going big! So I potted it up into a 20gallon yesterday. Side note, this plant has had some pretty goof amount of leaf cupping since day one, hasn't shown any signs of slowing down and or health problems and is throwing out pods like crazy so I'm ignoring but, it's definitely there! I've never grown in anything bigger than a 10 so I'm kind of excited to see what this baby can do!

 

Before...

 

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After.

 

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More to come... Just don't wanna get sent back to the home page so I'm breaking her up!



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Posted 15 June 2019 - 01:16 PM

It got so hot over the last week that the indoor room hit 110+ with the light on... It was time. Late starts went outside to start the harden off process.

 

Hanging out in the dappled driveway

 

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Along with the super lates

 

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Love how jewel green almost blue they are fresh out of the grow room!

 

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Ok now on to the mutant!

 

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So I've scoured the internet... viruses, mutations, herbicides... Nothing really stands out as a firm "That's it!" Everything on all the above is coupled with health problems, yellowing, leaf drop, contagious etc etc... This plant has no health problems outside of its distorted leaves and growth habit. It's perfectly healthy, it's growing, its not contagious by contact (if it is a virus) because it has been in full contact with almost all the other plants due to moving them around when watering and such.. The one thing I have yet to do, maybe Bhuter can help me out with is get in contact with WHP and hear his take on it, if he's seen it, had a plant it could have crossed with etc... Obviously it's traits or virus if so can be passed via cross pollination.. I'm aware of that but man... I just have a hard time not seeing this plant through judging by the fact it IS healthy and growing and not contagious.. I hope the decision doesn't bite me in the ass, I honestly don't think it will.. but I've been wrong... and I'm ok with dealing with the fallout if there is any to this decision. I have alot of space, and plan on keeping these 2 Brazilian ghosts acres away from the rest just incase, also if it is a virus that can transfer via soil... I grow in containers so I can cross that off the worry list as well.. Don't know if any of you watch "Stranger Things" on Netflix.. I'll be calling this plant "The Upside Down" from here on out lol.

 

 

 



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Posted 15 June 2019 - 01:23 PM

Few random shots, heavy on bugs!

 

Caught my 1st and 2nd honeybee swarm this past week! One from one of my own hives that I hadn't boxed up quick enough, they split, and a wild one.  It was super cool and quite the experience I'll never forget.

 

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Got honey?

 

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Never a dull moment out here in the insect world.

 

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That'll do it for this week! Thanks for stopping in everyone hope all is well!

 

 



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Posted 15 June 2019 - 01:58 PM

Few random shots, heavy on bugs!
 
Caught my 1st and 2nd honeybee swarm this past week! One from one of my own hives that I hadn't boxed up quick enough, they split, and a wild one.  It was super cool and quite the experience I'll never forget.
 
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Got honey?
 
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Never a dull moment out here in the insect world.
 
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That'll do it for this week! Thanks for stopping in everyone hope all is well!
 
 


Loving the pictures and the progress. Looking forward to the mutant “Upside Down” plant progress. How many bee hives do you have?


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Posted 15 June 2019 - 02:35 PM

Incredible pics, thanks for sharing! Those insects are incredible beautiful from those angles... Amazing progress on your end , happy to see all the plants are making their way out and you are fully primed for a killer season my friend. Knew this was going to be an enjoyable ride following your glog, and you've done nothing but exceed expectations! ;)

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 09:33 PM

 

I got done typing replies and thought... Wait a second I missed CDs!! 

 

Thanks for stopping by neighbor!! Good to hear your plants felt the stall too, whenever they come to a halt like that I KNOW in my mind its weather but then I start to wonder...  "Did I mess something up? What am I doing wrong here? I did everything just like last year! So.. I should be good.. right? It's gotta be weather... Right..? What if its not though?!" lol..  I've definitely noticed that the hotter the pepper the more they struggle with our climate so it makes sense your scotch was struggling. My Cayenne has been handling our spring the best by far, Fatalii and Caribbean 2nd place and the rest are all superhots and they're taking it the worst by a long shot. How did all the other crazy varieties your growing fair?  Ah don't answer that I need to head over to your glog I'll find out!! 

 

You've talked me into it! If you don't mind maybe I could ask you a few questions regarding the hoophouse, I've never messed with one or built one.. Where did you get yours? Did you build it? Any info would be awesome.. I bring in most of my plants come frost-thirty inside the house to ripen up all pods so I have the tail end of the season under wraps but I really wanna get them outdoors earlier in the spring without having to worry about the bipolar spring weather we get. I can see that having the main portion or your garden away from home would cause some issues, that's dedication right there I don't know how active I'd be in the gardening world if I had to drive to do it, hats off to you there! 

 

I'm with you on the big leaves. They always look good indoors and they're always the first to look like shit and drop after plant out for me. All my CCN's have dropped a good 75% of the "indoor" leaves they had once upon a time. Like you said, the branching takes over in a quick hurry and branching means more pods!

 

Finally got some good weather this week hopefully your plants liked it as much as mine did. And what do you know... were coolin off again just like that! lol. Seems to be temporary... We'll see!  

 

Hope all is well with you bud!

 

Was out working at the plots most of the day today and it looks like the scotch bonnets are coming out of the stall and starting to put on some better new growth.  Glad to see that - it's about time!

 

So yeah, the hoop houses.  The ones I have now were given to me and are prefab metal tube in arcs that fit over rebar driven into the ground ever few feet. The kits came with standard sheet plastic and plastic snap-on clips to hold it on. What I've done in the past is use rebar the same way and slipped PVC over the rebar and arced it over and anchored it the same way on the other side. Then I just draped the plastic over and weighted it on the sides and ends.   If I were to do it again I might try to make clips using PVC too. Thinking I could cut it into 3" sections and then Dremel or hacksaw cut a 1/3" +/- piece out turning each 3" section from an O into a C. Then the C would kinda snap over the arcs of PVC like this ( C => O) and hold the plastic on. That's basically how the clips in the kit work. I'm not sure how well that would work with PVC, but I'm sure there's lots of ways to hold the plastic on and even just weighting it down along the outside worked OK before.

 

As far as using the houses, there's lots of versatility.  I'll put gallon jugs of water and even 5g Home Depot type buckets of water under the HH as overnight thermal mass and totally close the plastic when it's chilly.  When it gets warmer you can play around with one or both ends open partially or fully. Another trick on those hot early days is to fold the plastic up and back halfway the long side facing south (rather than just the ends which I align east/west) and give the plants full sun exposure. It's a lot easier to do that and just slide the plastic back at night or after the warm period's over than removing it fully and putting it back on.  Really a lot of flexibility once you play around with them for a while.  And in the fall anything in a bucket I want to keep out of the rain and cold to ripen I just stuff under a HH and it keeps the season going a bit longer. Still, at some point even before the frost they just seem to stop ripening and need to come inside to finish up.

 

Hope that helps some with ideas and that it works out for you.



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Posted 17 June 2019 - 07:38 AM

 

Was out working at the plots most of the day today and it looks like the scotch bonnets are coming out of the stall and starting to put on some better new growth.  Glad to see that - it's about time!

 

So yeah, the hoop houses.  The ones I have now were given to me and are prefab metal tube in arcs that fit over rebar driven into the ground ever few feet. The kits came with standard sheet plastic and plastic snap-on clips to hold it on. What I've done in the past is use rebar the same way and slipped PVC over the rebar and arced it over and anchored it the same way on the other side. Then I just draped the plastic over and weighted it on the sides and ends.   If I were to do it again I might try to make clips using PVC too. Thinking I could cut it into 3" sections and then Dremel or hacksaw cut a 1/3" +/- piece out turning each 3" section from an O into a C. Then the C would kinda snap over the arcs of PVC like this ( C => O) and hold the plastic on. That's basically how the clips in the kit work. I'm not sure how well that would work with PVC, but I'm sure there's lots of ways to hold the plastic on and even just weighting it down along the outside worked OK before.

 

As far as using the houses, there's lots of versatility.  I'll put gallon jugs of water and even 5g Home Depot type buckets of water under the HH as overnight thermal mass and totally close the plastic when it's chilly.  When it gets warmer you can play around with one or both ends open partially or fully. Another trick on those hot early days is to fold the plastic up and back halfway the long side facing south (rather than just the ends which I align east/west) and give the plants full sun exposure. It's a lot easier to do that and just slide the plastic back at night or after the warm period's over than removing it fully and putting it back on.  Really a lot of flexibility once you play around with them for a while.  And in the fall anything in a bucket I want to keep out of the rain and cold to ripen I just stuff under a HH and it keeps the season going a bit longer. Still, at some point even before the frost they just seem to stop ripening and need to come inside to finish up.

 

Hope that helps some with ideas and that it works out for you.

 

Great info CD. Do you like ½" or ¾" pvc? Good idea for the pvc clips to hold the plastic. I think I'm gonna make some sort of hoop house for next winter to extend production. I plan to do some more seed starts and clones soon for that project.
 



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Posted 17 June 2019 - 02:07 PM

 

Great info CD. Do you like ½" or ¾" pvc? Good idea for the pvc clips to hold the plastic. I think I'm gonna make some sort of hoop house for next winter to extend production. I plan to do some more seed starts and clones soon for that project.
 

 

The ones I've done in the past have been smaller (covering 30" +/- width beds for early season plants) and I'm pretty sure I used 1/2" and 1/4" rebar..  If I were going to go bigger, like my current kit size of 60" width beds, I'd probably be looking at 3/4". If the arc is too tight for the diameter of the PVC, it might have to be heat-shaped to avoid folding/breaking.  I suppose the easiest thing is to go into the store and give the PVC a bend toward the desired shape and see how it responds. 

 

I've never used a frame, but if I were to go big enough I'd start thinking about using lumber and L-braces to build a rectangular foundation and mountain the PVC in some fashion to the base due to a larger structure taking more force from wind. But that's getting into a more significant structure and I've only done the easy-up, easy-down type.

 

I'm actually considering building a small similar structure now with Tulle netting solely for the purposes of plant isolation for seeds. I've been thinking I could put different varieties of pepper in that structure and still maintain a much lower risk of hybridization due to excluding most pollinating insects.



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Posted 17 June 2019 - 06:29 PM

Plants are looking stellar Brandon!

 

They should serve you well this season!

 

Lots of good info here, thanks for it ;)


Edited by Devv, 17 June 2019 - 06:30 PM.

It's all about the pods....






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