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AJ Drew

Member Since 13 Dec 2014
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#1530634 24 Hour Lighting?

Posted by AJ Drew on Yesterday, 01:12 PM

On fruiting under lights.  Over the years, have noticed the strangest thing.  They fruit under lights, go outside and stop.  My first thought is the change in light cycle, but they are reportedly light neutral when it comes to fruiting.

#1530142 Fake Pepper X seeds missing

Posted by AJ Drew on 22 February 2018 - 06:23 AM

Yeah for sure. However, for the average person not on chilli head forums, that wants reapers, they have no idea those color variants exist, so I bet he'll still sell a bunch to the general public.


Ye that and there seems to be pockets of patrons.  Like the Pepper Joe pocket that allows Pepper Joe to sell Carolina Reaper seeds at a higher consumer cost than Puckerbutt.  Have to figure patrons do not realize Puckerbutt exists to pay more from someone else.

#1529903 Fake Pepper X seeds missing

Posted by AJ Drew on 21 February 2018 - 12:53 PM

He's also got Caramel colored Reapers that he's sent to Sean Evans on the Hot Ones YouTube show. Ed told Sean they're hotter than the Red Reapers. They are not officially released yet though.

Edit: I also got an email this week saying they officially released Chocolate Reapers on his site as well.


Funny how the creator of the Carolina Reaper is never first to market with variants.  Chocolate, Carmel, Yellow, Peach have all been out for a bit.

#1529409 Small Scale Chile Grower - Seeking Grow Contract For Seeds

Posted by AJ Drew on 19 February 2018 - 08:08 AM

Yes they sold to Clickstop.  Its the Clickstop folk I talked to.  Seem like a very friendly lot eager to make new contacts.  We werent even talking business and they took time to talk to me.

#1528450 Chocolate Bhutlah SM Photos???

Posted by AJ Drew on 16 February 2018 - 05:44 AM

I'd say that this is the desired pheno, since Steve is working with Puckerbutt on this. Here's the pic Puckerbutt has on their site:


Hopefully Steve will chime in.....


Perfect point.  I call that the fat ghost pepper look.

#1527913 Small Scale Chile Grower - Seeking Grow Contract For Seeds

Posted by AJ Drew on 14 February 2018 - 04:00 PM

I talked to a grower for Pepper Joe not long go.  I forget his name, but he is  member here at THP so he might chime in if he notices this thread.  He seems to be about your size.  Maybe Pepper Joe would be a good place to check with.  I understand the new owners are looking for growers.

#1527380 24 Hour Lighting?

Posted by AJ Drew on 13 February 2018 - 02:36 AM

We have one high tunnel.  For hardening off, I have started putting black plastic over it and then gradually pulling it off on one side.  I also use heaters and gradually decrease the heat.  It is the best thing I have come up with so far.  The whole moving them outside and inside thing just wont work.  I suspect that if we start in a heated green house, that even if we are using artificial lighting there is enough sunlight to decrease the need to harden off for light.

#1527166 Avoiding Code on a Greenhouse Build

Posted by AJ Drew on 12 February 2018 - 03:39 PM

Looked into code when I built my fences and high tunnel.  Followed the rules that let me escape needing permits and following code.  That and having the University of Kentucky plans to show them didn't hurt things.  Now thinking about building what they call a Deep Winter Greenhouse.  Essentially, the North wall is thick with insulation and the South wall is very steep to let the winter sun pass at a right angle.

If the structure has poles in the ground, I need a permit, inspections, and so on.  If it is sitting on a platform, no permits because it is considered a temporary agricultural structure the same as a high tunnel.  Behind my barn is a partly burred concrete surface that used to be the foundation and base for a grain silo.  Thinking it would be perfect.

Thing is, kind of wondering why more structures are not built that way?  Entire homes, single and double wides, are built as platforms.  Is it fear of tornado?  My high tunnel is three years old.  The rolled plastic needs replaced from storm damage, but it is PVC and even that has held up to our bad weather.  Maybe a fix here and there.  But really thinking platform builds make more sense money wise.

#1527161 24 Hour Lighting?

Posted by AJ Drew on 12 February 2018 - 03:25 PM

Plus they're growing so damn fast I might run myself out of room by the time I plant out in May. :)


I have 1" long true leaves already on plants which were seeded 16 days ago...



Ye, I hate to say it but I still have things to plant and this is completely intentional due to the running out of room issue.  I am fairly sure by starting later than last year I can actually grow more.  Either way, I really need more room.  Am thinking about one of those south facing green houses where the North side is completely insulated and the south side is at a very steep angle to meet winter sun and bounce some of the summer sun.  Who knows, maybe heating one would be offset by some of the sunlight that I dont have to reproduce with lights.

Its kind of funny to note I thought I had a good frame of reference on growing peppers from more traditional crops.  Tobacco, soy, and corn are very big here.  But most of the peppers we grow are so very long season that I am kind of figuring out the business end as I go.  How early to start, how much does electricity cost, how much to heat a green house, its all fairly new so I have very few people to ask.  Lots of information on how to grow, but how to grow AND profit enough to accomplish X, Y, and Z is kind of new territory.  Not a lot of folk doing it.

Best Example: Wanted to go LED to replace some ballasts.  Great idea for growing cannabis indoors.  But finding lots of nurseries sticking with metal halide because they benefit from the extra heat in a green house. Now I know it is not a very energy efficient way of producing heat, but heat concerns are one less reason to use LEDS when you are doing it in a green house.  In a home, you gotta worry about too much heat.  In a green house in winter or spring, just the opposite.

#1527156 Chocolate Bhutlah SM Photos???

Posted by AJ Drew on 12 February 2018 - 03:06 PM

The creator of the Chocolate Bhutlah SM is a member of THP.  Nice guy.  Hoping he can lend some guidance once folk start posting photos.  Wondering that shape folk should be selecting for.  From what i can tell, folk who bought seed from Puckerbutt and grew it this past year have been getting two distinct shapes.  One favors the Douglah side of its lineage like what we see at Cayenne Dianne for Douglah.  You know, has that fold.  If upside down, looks kind of like a crown.  The other is more like a fat ghost pepper.  Which is most correct?


On stability.  Before anyone gets all up in arms and says the thing is not stable, I dont think many things are 100% and that goes for what we consider to be established lines.  Anything created recently doesnt have the benefit of decades or even centuries that other things created by crossing does.  To have only a couple shapes pop up at this point reflects a serious effort at narrowing it down.  Hats off to Steven and Puckerbutt for getting this thing to market so fast.

Now that it is out, let the crowd sourcing refinement begin.

#1526632 24 Hour Lighting?

Posted by AJ Drew on 11 February 2018 - 03:25 AM

Wow, reading the different approaches for different climates is great.  Here, I can't start outdoors at all.  Just not enough time.  Even with a high tunnel or greenhouse, unless they are heated it wont work.  Then there is summer.  Just put a plant into a high tunnel or greenhouse and expect it to perform isnt too wise because of the heat.  I have to have the plastic off by July or flowers drop everywhere.


In general, I plant indoor December / January (some later) and they can go into the high tunnel in May, but only because I put portable heaters in there when I am worried.  It is a gamble every year because it is not until Jue that you can be absolutely sure they will be OK.  Still, I plant earlier hoping for the best and keeping some for reserve.  Basically, I never plant all of a thing till I know we wont have any more cold weather.  Things here are so weird now a days.  A couple years ago, we still had peppers in the high tunnel till almost Christmas.  Last year, Frost took everything just after Halloween.

So I never count on anything from the business after Halloween now.  Anything after that is more of a better Christmas for the kids.

#1526245 24 Hour Lighting?

Posted by AJ Drew on 09 February 2018 - 06:22 PM

I sprout and clone under 24 hour light.  I sprout that way mainly because I depend on lighting for a bit of the heat that speeds things up.  I clone that way because it has given me best results.  First 24 hours of darkness then lights always on.  No clue why it works, but read about that cycle, tried it and like the results.  But after things are a couple inches tall, I switch to 12 hours on and twelve hours off.  I would go 16 on and 8 off but I only have enough electricity to run one room at the time.  Until I can afford to have someone run new wiring off the circuit breaker for each room, I am kind of stuck.  So kind of curious if it is worth it to get the wiring done.

Do folk think there is much of a difference between 12 and 16 hours?
Do you think 24 hours is detrimental?

#1526243 Realistic Seed to Pod time opinions

Posted by AJ Drew on 09 February 2018 - 06:17 PM

My super hots were started December / January.  They will throw pods earlier, but heavy production wont be for 8 months here i Ketucky.  I keep reading claims of 4 months seed to pod.  Maybe seed till odd early pod, but certainly not decent production.  This isnt all peppers, some arent planted yet even though it is February.  Plant some too early and they take up too much room before going out. 

Do you get about the same?

#1524067 Signup for the 2018 mega seed train!

Posted by AJ Drew on 03 February 2018 - 03:08 AM

So I am sad to see it parked.

#1524036 Caution to Anyone Switching to "Cheap" Blue/Red only LEDs

Posted by AJ Drew on 03 February 2018 - 12:16 AM

Thank you for sharing.  I had some ballasts go south at the end of last year.  Late enough I could move things outside instead of replacing the ballasts there and then.  Thought this would be the perfect time to upgrade to LEDs.  Instead, I purchased new bulbs and new ballasts because LEDs were too confusing.  So many different claims.

My old ballats are magnetic ship anchors.  The ones that went bad were ten plus years old.  Figure if two went in the same year, the others will go soon.  Maybe by the time they go bad, their will be enough shares like this that I can finally make up my mind and go for better lighting.