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AJ Drew

Member Since 13 Dec 2014
Online Last Active Today, 08:28 AM

#1478849 Looking to buy 100-200seeds of carolina reaper - shipping to Israel

Posted by AJ Drew on Today, 08:28 AM

Yep, I have had good results with AJ's seeds as well. I grew out some Red Savinas from AJ last year, and they were just great. Had really good germination rates too.

 

That is the best blue cheese stuffing pepper in the world.
 




#1478830 Looking to buy 100-200seeds of carolina reaper - shipping to Israel

Posted by AJ Drew on Today, 07:02 AM

If you want to trade, I would love to put a stick pin in Israel.  My daughter and I keep track of International trades the way I kept track of pen pals when I was a kid and they encouraged that in schools.  Just send me a PM.  Would love funky new things you cant get here in the US, but anything is fine.  I am mainly after the pin.

Not home, but fairly sure I have at least that many.  If not, will here in a month or so.  If interested, send me a PM.




#1478764 Hornworm on my pepper

Posted by AJ Drew on Yesterday, 09:09 PM

eat poop , eat poop , eat poop !  machines !

 

Hey now, I thought I was the boards resident weirdo.




#1478750 Leaving peppers on the plant after ripening

Posted by AJ Drew on Yesterday, 08:41 PM

If you are worried about the pods, cut them open before you eat them.  On seeds, I always let them go past ripe.  I let my cayenne dry on the plant and rarely get the black cruds inside them. 




#1478614 Fertilizing affecting shape of pods?

Posted by AJ Drew on Yesterday, 02:07 PM

You just brought up another question.  Does a single pollen create all the seeds in a pod or just a single seed?  I think maybe just a single seed.  So since they self pollinate, an insect could bring foreign pollen into the mix and the seeds from a single pod could be different?  Notice all the question marks.




#1478611 Ghost Pepper - Which is most proper red?

Posted by AJ Drew on Yesterday, 02:02 PM

 I wonder if some of these smooth pheno bhuts we see are actually Bihs that were at some point sold under the name of their much more famous relative. 

 

Exactly what I was thinking.  It has been a bit since the ghost pepper became a cult favorite.  I'll bet it happened long enough ago that the smooth ones kind of worked their way into our mindset.
 




#1478608 Growing peppers in Southern States

Posted by AJ Drew on Yesterday, 01:56 PM

I'm also curious about this. What's the temperature threshold where I need to be concerned about the plants outside? Is one or 2 nights of 40 ok? I'm in Central Florida and we don't usually get that cold either, but there are maybe a few nights that drop around 40.

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I;m in central Kentucky.  I gambled this year and planted way before the historic last frost.  It got down to below 40 on many a night and nothing showed horrific damage.  However, things I planted later overtook many of those early plants.  So I am going with a few 40ish nights will stunt growth rate.

Thing is if it is an established plant, I cant imagine there being much trouble.  So maybe growing into winter will be OK but growing new at the new season, not so much.

Just kind of dreaming about not having to grow the root structure year after year with new plants.




#1478603 Hornworm on my pepper

Posted by AJ Drew on Yesterday, 01:44 PM

Watched a video by Jim Duffy.  He was showing his isolation set up, explaining how it works.  He mentioned that yep, sometimes the cross pollinators are smarter than the set up.  Made me remember the original Jurassic Park.  Nature always finds a way.  Anyway, isolation is an effort not a done deal.  What you are describing is odd, but insects seem to be smarter than many of our efforts to keep them out.  So I gotta go with what BlackFatalii said.  It got in when it was an adult.  How?  Well, I cant say cause that horn worm is smarter than I am.  You got lucky.

BTW: I am fairly sure spraying with a pepper infusion will make the leaves taste nasty enough that they will ignore your plants and move on to something they prefer.  Maybe add a couple drops of dawn.




#1478504 Ghost Pepper - Which is most proper red?

Posted by AJ Drew on Yesterday, 03:03 AM

I forget where i saw it, but I saw seeds listed as "smooth" ghost peppers.  Over the years, I have seen all sorts of things called ghost peppers. The occasional grocery store finds look more like habs.  From growers, I have seen gnarly pimpled flesh and I have seen smoother flesh but still with the ghost pepper shape.

So which skin texture do you think is most proper?  I know I like the look of the pimplier ones better, but not sure what is the most accurate / true to form.




#1478500 Growing peppers in Southern States

Posted by AJ Drew on Yesterday, 02:40 AM

Have seen much shade cloth being used to grow in Southern states.  A lot in Florida.  Also noting harvest times are very different.  I know absolutely nothing about these other states.  Have been Midwest most of my life.  Can folk growing in the Southern states share with me what it is like?

Really curious to know about Florida because I would think you could overwinter out doors.  Does it really get cold enough to kill a plant down there?  If so, I must sound like an idiot.  Are there places in the US where you can grow year round?




#1478365 Chocolate Naga Viper?

Posted by AJ Drew on 25 July 2017 - 03:26 PM

I have never heard of such a thing in a chilli plant, though, and don't know what "segregation of alleles" means as a term.

 

Exactly the point where I loose understanding too.  My formal education in genetics ended at Jr. High Earth Science.  Something about fruit flies having either straight or curled wings.  No I have kids that check to see if my ear lobes are attached, if my tongue can curl, which fingers and toes are longer than others, if my nipples are innies or outies, and then they have to inform me over and over again that the same with the belly button is not a genetic trait.  It is how the doctors treat the cord at birth.

I am thinking I want to learn more about genetics and peppers.  What colors are dominant comes to mind.  But anything beyond the simple will likely send my head spinning.  I can fix a tractor if I take it apart, but I am none too smart in book learning.
 




#1478364 What might cause a plant to do this?

Posted by AJ Drew on 25 July 2017 - 03:17 PM

Here is the thing.  Maybe it is a calcium or other deficiency that only hit select plants.  You can try to correct and wait.  But you can run down to Radio Shack, grab you a little microscope, and check for thrips in an hour or so.  Worse case, you wind up with a cool new toy that you will no doubt love and likely need in the future.  Keep in mind I am a 52 year old type 1 diabetic.  My eyes suck.  So my microscope is one of the first go to tools when I have a problem.  Still, have read many healthy folk say they can not see some pests cause they are too small.




#1478221 What might cause a plant to do this?

Posted by AJ Drew on 25 July 2017 - 12:10 AM

It's not bugs, that's dust and clippings from cutting grass. I keep a close eye out for any aphids or other bugs.

 

Check top and bottom of leaves magnifying glass.  Thrips are almost impossible to see cause they are so damn small.  I got a hand held illuminated microscope from Radio Shack a few years back.  Might have been thirty bucks.  Worth every penny.




#1478037 Fertilizing affecting shape of pods?

Posted by AJ Drew on 24 July 2017 - 11:46 AM

I think what peppamang said is the most likely cause of your concern.  But I also think extreme issues with nutrition can change what a pod looks like.  In human terms, think of the birth defects that take place due to malnutrition.  I am fairly sure it can work the other way around.  Too much of a good thing n all.

But again, the causes peppamang offered are much more likely unless you have gone hog wild with fertilizer.  Ah, another reason to go organic.  Slow and steady nutrition without much of a worry about over doing it.




#1477564 Figs and Hot Peppers Jam/Jelly

Posted by AJ Drew on 22 July 2017 - 01:47 PM

No recipe and not a jam, but thought to share.  Figs go great with hot peppers and work as a base for spreads and dips.  I chop them up with peppers and onions, toss them into a food processor and let it stand in fridge for a day or two.  There is a name for it but I forget.  Great stuff.