I would love to do some crosses with anything. All my attempts last year resulted in dropped blossoms. I hope to have better luck this year. Some glasses will help, last year I was trying to cross with potted plants in the garage and though lighting was bad, well it wasn't the light so much as my aging eyes. I don't know how these guys do so many. Maybe better luck this year with better feeding on the plants etc.
I bought a pair of cheap reading glasses with 3 x magnification and a pair of surgical tweezers from Amazon, was a real breakthrough moment for me after trying (and failing) balancing a magnifying glass and 'borrowing' the wife's tweezers! I found the most effective method, especially with c.chinense which can be very fiddly, is to take a pollen sack which is almost ready to open and literally tear it open with the tweezers and dump the contents directly onto the target stigma.
Plants are looking great Dennis. You and John with those printed plant markers, so nice. Mine are barely legible even by me, probably not legible by anyone else.
Thanks Justin! I've got quite a few in this latest batch from you, good germ rates and so far so good thanks! I just use printed labels and standard plant markers, nothing fancy! Think we are all a bit OCD when it comes to organising our plants! Chilli growing is somewhere between stamp collecting and knife throwing on the scale, with a little bit of both mixed in!
Looking good Paul, all your plants look great and your Lemon Drops are beastly already! I'll be holding off potting on for now due to space limitations, my next pot size is 1l and I also introduce some 'special' growing medium at this point too.
Did you make the PDN x Bonda Ma Jacques cross? It looks great, beautiful plant. What are the pods like, at F5 must be starting to approach stability?
Thanks very much for all the nice comments, appreciate you stopping by guys!
Time for a quick update, all ticking along nicely here I am pleased to report.
Changing of the guard in the prop this week as my rank and file chinense are potted up to 9cm pots and I'm due to sow my baccas and annuums tonight. I've binned all my spares at this stage for the first time too, I simply don't have the room and I've rarely lost a plant so it's survival of the fittest from hereon in!
Tray of Aji Bodysnatcher F3 (Aji White Fantasy x Lemon Drop), starting to see some slight variations in the plant form and leaf shape now, all coming on well and on target for early poddage.
Various early starts...
Veteran TS CARDI really coming alive now, lots of strong main branches shooting out in all directions and he's even starting to gamely set buds... Steady on old boy!
I've moved the prop out from under the growlight garden now as all the space needed for the plants. I can get three of these long Ikea trays laden with 9cm pots under the light (12 each maximum, total capacity 36 at a push). I tend to start to move the bigger plants onto windowsills when space gets too tight.
Tonight into the prop will be...
-- Annuum --
Thunder Mountain Longhorn
Santa Fe Grande
Ring of Fire (several plants for giveaways)
-- Baccatum --
Aji White Fantasy
Mystery pick from my seed box to replace Embassy Naga (no-show) TBC!