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#1626743 Diagnosis help?

Posted by Oleic on 17 April 2019 - 11:23 PM

I start all mine (50 this year) in Kraty containers with half-strength nutes.  I use Maxigro for the first couple months (then Masterblend, Cal Nitrate, and Epsom salts) which works great.  It comes dry with  scoop, and you use a teaspoon per gallon for the first month or so (I actually start a quarter strength till they have a few sets of true leaves).  


Overfeeding can cause "nute burn" (do an image search), and I've found that using a little less nutes doesn't seem to bother peppers.   


You method is similar to Dutch buckets.  Perlite holds more moisture than Hydroton, so yes, I think increasing the watering would be a good idea.  But I'd also take it easy on the nutes at the same time.  The leaves are more likely to droop if under watered, and yours don't look so bad in that regard, so consider that this could be nutrient burn.


Good luck!

#1623258 Next to My Chair

Posted by Oleic on 30 March 2019 - 03:39 PM


#1623252 Next to My Chair

Posted by Oleic on 30 March 2019 - 02:28 PM

Re: leaf spot.  If the plant is otherwise doing well, I would touch up the affected leaves with a green/chlorophyll marker (temporary measure).  It is always best to figure out the "why" and address that, and not the symptom.  Ditching would be my last option.

#1622646 Planting by the moon?

Posted by Oleic on 26 March 2019 - 11:55 PM

When I plant in the ground, I always try to do it by moonlight.  I think it is easier for the plants to be transplanted at night, and it is easier to see what I am doing if there is a decent amount of moonlight. 


I typically plant out in mid-May.  The full moon in May is on the 18th, so I'll plant within a couple days of that date.

#1622081 Isolation netting fabric - how to deploy

Posted by Oleic on 24 March 2019 - 01:25 AM

I am doubling up plants in Dutch Buckets this year (outdoors) so I really need to isolate them if I want to use the seeds next year.   Gorilla Tape is a good idea (from your link).  I think I read about someone using hot/melt glue or something like that here as another option.  Regardless of how I finally make the bags, I'll make it a point to do a larger portion of the plant, if not the entire plant.


Appreciate your sharing your experience/expertise with me - thank you!


#1620937 Longest pepper?

Posted by Oleic on 18 March 2019 - 07:59 PM

per Guinness, anyway.

#1620936 Longest pepper?

Posted by Oleic on 18 March 2019 - 07:57 PM

Joe's Long Cayenne is the record holder for length at 19.881 inches (2018). 

#1620915 Alaska fish fert

Posted by Oleic on 18 March 2019 - 06:44 PM

Yeah, my dog tried and succeeded eating a bunch of my seedlings I had been fertilizing with the stuff.   Then I fenced them in, and he knocked down the fencing and crushed most of the rest. 

I do mostly hydro now...

#1620906 I only have direct sun up till about 1pm

Posted by Oleic on 18 March 2019 - 06:18 PM

Super hot C. chinense do produce in Phonenix, but it is possible that when the temperatures are right (fall and spring) you don't have enough sunlight for the peppers to fully ripen. But you should definitely be able to get fruit.  Probably need to start seeds in November for a spring crop.


Maybe check out this hot pepper grower's videos.  He is in Phoneix. 


Also, consider yellow or red brain strains.  They apparently ripen sooner than and are more prolific than many other super hots.





#1620384 Hi I'm Sam from Texas I have a problem with my habenero plant

Posted by Oleic on 15 March 2019 - 10:15 PM

I guess I jumped the gun the weather was warming up and I got excited do u think 50 degrees would be low enough to cause this I'll probably bring them inside and see how they fair here's a couple more photos as well


Could have just been the wind.  A lot of growers use fans indoors to get the plants used to wind.  It strengthens the plant.  But yours should be fine!

#1620367 Hi I'm Sam from Texas I have a problem with my habenero plant

Posted by Oleic on 15 March 2019 - 08:57 PM

That second picture looks like my basil after a frost.  I'd protect them better if you can.  It can be a pain, but sometimes you have to shuttle them indoors at night and back outdoors during the day, during the spring.  Other options would be to keep them indoors till it warms up more at night, or getting a greenhouse, etc.

#1617009 Net Pots....Does Size Matter?

Posted by Oleic on 02 March 2019 - 01:09 AM

I have grown 4 foot + plants that I started in 1.5" net pots, and then transferred those plants (still in the 1.5" pots) to a larger DWC system (6 or 8" net pot lids on 5 gallon buckets).  They grew great, no problems.  As long as the trunk diameter remains smaller than the top diameter of the smaller cup (all mine did), there should be no problem.  The roots filled my DWC buckets nicely, and the plants produced very well, despite going through the two net pots.


My only concern is if I were to overwinter a plant (I do outdoor hydro), the truck might eventually get too large for the smaller pot.  In that case, I'd just cut through the top ring of the smaller net pot.  Not sure if the main roots coming out of the small pot would eventually get strangled, though.


If in doubt, you can always move the seedling to a larger net pot before the roots grow too far out of the smaller pot.  I would imagine it would be difficult to remove a plant from a net pot once significant root growth has occurred.

#1611420 My Method for Starting Seeds

Posted by Oleic on 05 February 2019 - 11:25 PM

btw, these are 5.5 oz cups and 1.5" cubes.

#1611419 My Method for Starting Seeds

Posted by Oleic on 05 February 2019 - 11:24 PM

Thank you for posting this.  You inspired me to do something similar this year.  I had been using Rockwool with bottom water in Grodan trays, but they grew at different rates and some would drink all the water before I noticed!  This lets me see the water level, and give them more individual attention.  


#1602897 What will you be growing next season?

Posted by Oleic on 04 January 2019 - 04:51 AM


I notice you're growing Espelette also. I have original seeds from a real French Piment D'Espelette farm from the 2018 and 2017 seasons if you're interested!


Yes, I would be interested.  I have more seeds than I can grow this year and would be happy to send some in trade.  Feel free to PM me, and glad to meet you, Marc!