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The 11th Annual Hot Pepper Awards ACCEPTING ENTRIES!

AlabamaJack

Member Since 25 Oct 2007
Offline Last Active Nov 15 2017 06:11 AM

#1504635 Very Short Habanero, Many Buds?

Posted by AlabamaJack on 12 November 2017 - 09:59 AM

DD and I seem to be thinking alike...it may have something to do with the spectrum of light being supplied.  For vegetative growth you needa more "blue" light....Iam in the process of relighting my entire grow room which currently uses 6500K color temperature CFLs.

 

as far as pinching the buds off...if you are in a hurry for pods to appear, letem' be....if there is no hurry for pods, pinch the dodo out of them

 

AJ




#1504634 Weston dehydrators

Posted by AlabamaJack on 12 November 2017 - 09:47 AM

While I have not reviewed the dehydrators mentioned, I am posting a link to the one I use...It is an excalabur with nine trays. plug and play...all accessories included...

 

And it sit on  my back porch under the awning to keep fumes out of the house..the exact one I use is the one on sale today it says...

 

https://www.harveste...ator (singular)




#1504407 Pepper seed germination temperature

Posted by AlabamaJack on 11 November 2017 - 07:13 AM

This post is for information on the prime seed starting temperature...simply a link I found from the University of Florida's Ag research group.

 

A must read for the new (or old) pepper gardener...

 

http://swfrec.ifas.u...trans_temp1.pdf

 

The top graph on the second page shows you the prime temperatures and when the temperature reaches the critical point for nearly 0 % germination

 

AJ




#1504403 Starting Seeds - how I do it

Posted by AlabamaJack on 11 November 2017 - 06:32 AM

oh, and by the way....

 

once I start my seeds, I never visit any place that has plants for sale simply because I don't want to be the transportation vector of any garden pest to my grow




#1504401 Veterans Month Membership Special and Giving Back

Posted by AlabamaJack on 11 November 2017 - 06:25 AM

I'm in Boss...generate me one of those thingys and I will gladly re-up




#1504400 Starting Seeds - how I do it

Posted by AlabamaJack on 11 November 2017 - 06:14 AM

I wrote a this few years ago as information on how to start seeds...(actually so I could remember)
 
 

First off I do NOT know all there is to know about growing peppers, nor would I ever claim to.  I learn new things and methods each year.  I wanted to share with you how I do things which has worked out well for me.  I try and improve my process each year, but most times, I have to relearn what I learned last year (if that makes sense)

 

I am hoping ...that this will help the new pepper grower learn the process of seed starting and have written this from my personal experience...it's pretty straight forward and I know everyone does it their way but this way works best for me and usually ends up producing 90 + % germination rates...

 

Step by step process.

 

1.  Cleanliness - Sanitize all tools/work areas/germination areas/trays before starting...I use a very strong solution of the harshest chemical my nose can stand while cleaning my work areas....wash hands very often to keep cleanliness at its best...remember cleanliness is the most important thing...think of your seeds/seedlings as if they were babies...they need care...

 

2. Seed Starting Medium - When deciding what media to start your seeds in, remember this...you want a light weight medium without large "chunks" in it...water retention of the media is also of utmost important...I use Hoffman's seed starting mix.  A lot of growers use peat pucks and that is fine but they dry out too quickly and are the cause many seedling deaths...

 

3.  Pre-Soaking your Starting Medium - Soak your starting medium overnight in warm water to completely wet it before planting your seeds.

 

4.  Planting Seeds - Poke a hole in the soaked media using the blunt end of a sharpie about 1/2" deep.   Planting shallower will result in more "helmets" on your seeds.  Place the seeds in the holes and gently cover them up...a little pressure won't hurt but you don't want to "pack" the medium you are planting in.

 

5.  Moisture - You want your starting medium damp, not wet...if at any time after the germination process starts, your medium dries out, your seeds are dead...any dry period will kill the embryo...Moist, not wet is very important to remember.

 

6.  Germination Temperature - the temperature at which you germinate your seeds is of utmost importance - 80-86F is optimum.  If you get lower than that, the seeds will still germinate (down to 60F probably) but will take forever.  If you get higher than that, they germination percent also decreases and when you hit 95F or above for an extended period, can you say "zero"?  Constant temperature is a key here IMO

 

7.  Ambient Temperature -  While not as important as germination temperature, ambient temperature of your grow area is important also...IMO 80F is about a perfect temperature to grow pepper seedlings.  

 

8.  Light - Light is not needed for pepper seed germination but once the seeds have "hooked", pour the light to them...as much as you can...mine get 3K lumens/ft2

 

9.  Stem Exercise - A fan blowing on the seedlings several times a day is required for stem health...you want to "exercise" the stems several times a day....this stretches the cell walls thus thickening and strengthening them...think of standing on one leg with a pretty good wind blowing on you for 30 minutes a day...that leg would get muscular...I run the fan on as high as the plants can stand it without breaking them down...

 

9.   Fertilize - to fertilize or not to fertilize...up to ya...some people say no, some people say yes...I fertilize with 1/2 strength from the time the seeds hit the soil until first transplant then use full strength...that is my choice and works well for me....I use Botanicare products like Liquid Karma &  ProGrow.

 

10.  Watering - I have found the best way to know when you need to water is through experience...if the seedlings wilt, definitely time for water, however, if you will take a dry container, feel the weight of it, then take a soaked container and feel the weight of it, you will know when your plants need water...IMO this works better than moisture gauges or being on a set watering schedule...over watering will make your plants die over time...

 

11.  Transplant time - if using seed starting trays, transplant only when the roots start growing out of the bottom...remember, the health of your root ball determines the health of your plant.  Transplanting several times to increasingly larger containers improves the health of the plant by making a more compact root ball, not root bound, just a good network of nice hairy roots.  Something like this works really well...seed starting tray (3 weeks) to 3" square containers (3-4 weeks), to 6" containers (3-5 weeks) , to 2-3 gallon (2 months) to 5 gallon etc...however, because I grow so many plants, I only transplant three times...from seed starting tray to 3" container to 6" container to 5 gallon container....then during the season, I may transplant to 10 gallon containers...

 

enjoy growing...for those not growing in containers, go to ground or raised bed after 6" container....

 

If I have left anything out or if anyone simply disagrees with this method, please say so...I probably won't change but the process can be tweaked to fit your style of growing.... 




#1504237 AJs 2018 Grow Log

Posted by AlabamaJack on 10 November 2017 - 09:26 AM

I might as well go ahead and start my growlog for 2018, since I have already started thinking about updating the lighting in my growrage.

 

I intend it to be a diary I write in almost daily, definitely days I am working the process.

 

I hope and pray everyone has a very successful 2018 in whatever endeavor you choose.

 

AJ




#1504220 Time to Relight

Posted by AlabamaJack on 10 November 2017 - 07:17 AM

I am getting the fever again and am wanting to upgrade my lighting for my "growrage".

 

The germinator is fine the way it is.  

 

The grow box is what I am wanting to update...

 

Currently, I have 18 42 watt CFLs which equals 756 watts (power consumption) that are 6500K color temperature for vegetative growth.

 

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What light/lights (LED) should I replace the CFLs with. 

 

The dimensions of the grow box is 4' square and 6 feet tall inside with the CFLs mounted on 6 light vanity fixtures and the height of the light bars is adjustable.

 

I would also like to upgrade my "slow grow" area from standard 40 watt shop light fixtures.  There are three 8 foot shelves with 6 shoplights (12 40 watt bulbs per shelf)

 

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any/all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

AJ




#1504219 The Drunken Chef

Posted by AlabamaJack on 10 November 2017 - 06:49 AM

HI AJ!!!!  

 

Just thought I'd catch ya while in this thread~  Howdy! and hoping things are all good for you!!!

Did you see the new bling attached to Smoke~'s profile?      He's All-Mighty-esque now.  Which is a good thing~  ;)

 

salsalady

 

hi Salsa...been doing fine

 

 

I missed the bling on smokes thingy...it fits him well...

 

 

AJ




#1504206 Tending to seeds being germinated

Posted by AlabamaJack on 09 November 2017 - 11:11 PM

Red solo cup, I fill you up, lets have a party...singing while finishing this post

 

IMHO heat control is the most important thing when germinating seeds...after moisture of course...I do not water on a schedule...I use weight to determine when water is needed...the way I do this is fill the container with soil/seeds, pick it up and "feel" the weight, then I deep water....pick up the tray to find out how much heavier it is...based on the weight delta, Later when I pick up the container and feel the weight, I either water or don't water...

 

a "perfect" germination temperature is a CONSTANT 80F...and as was mentioned above, you want the soil moist, not wet...

 

another thing to watch for is that even if the top 1" of soil is bone dry, the bottom of the container could be pure wet mud...not good for peppers...of course planting depth is also important...in my experience 1/2 inch planting depth is deep enough for the seeds to shed their helmets...shallower in dry soil will prevent the sprouts from shedding their headgear....deeper planting depth will either take the seeds forever to break the surface....

 

just remember, my post is talking from my experience...you have to find what works for you...trial and error is the best teacher...

 

I wrote a germinating guide (how I do it) a long time ago on here and don't know whether it is still around or not...

 

I only use 72 cell seed starting trays and a really good seed starting soil that is very light weight and very clean....

 

I tried every method to start seeds it seems when I first started growing and have found the trays with the light weight starting soil worked best for me...

 

I will ask why you have them covered?

 

AJ




#1504173 The Cayenne List

Posted by AlabamaJack on 09 November 2017 - 08:40 PM

Ristra Cayenne...commonly grows to over 8 inches...

 

http://i279.photobuc...11.jpg~original

 

Super Cayenne....massive producer of pencil like cayennes about 6 inches long




#1504170 The Drunken Chef

Posted by AlabamaJack on 09 November 2017 - 08:18 PM

Hey Dan, is TB still around?




#1504169 Cajun Gumbo!!

Posted by AlabamaJack on 09 November 2017 - 08:17 PM

​looks good...and as you say, you can make it any way you want...I make my own roux because I like to use fresh herbs (Mexican oregano, parsley, and thyme) that is added half way through the "browning" process...another reason I make my own roux is because I want to control the color of the gumbo...which I like to be more brown than blonde....

 

looking forward to finishing picts....keepem' coming

 

AJ




#1504144 [2017] If you could only grow one pepper.. which would you select?

Posted by AlabamaJack on 09 November 2017 - 05:32 PM

I would quit growing...by the time I decided, it would be too late to start seeds....

 

but, if worse came to worse it would be billy biker jalapenos........




#1504142 The Drunken Chef

Posted by AlabamaJack on 09 November 2017 - 05:27 PM

hey smoke...how ya been