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#1517604 Airport X-Rays vs. Pepper Seeds

Posted by grover on 12 January 2018 - 01:22 PM

I moved to Guadalajara, Mexico and brought all of my gardening/grow gear with me. I'm ready for action!


However, getting superhot seeds here is basically impossible. The only way to do it is to have friends from the USA bring them to us in their luggage.


Since all airport luggage (checked and carry-on) is run through an X-Ray machine, will this damage the seeds?


(I planned ahead for this move and produced my own Butch-T and Ghost seeds last year. I got them into Mexico by driving my car from Sonoma. No x-rays that way. :-) Those seeds are all happy and in the process of germination. )


#1505558 Moved to Guadalajara, Mexico. What should I expect from my grow?

Posted by grover on 17 November 2017 - 02:42 PM

Seed from my best red Ghost plant from the CA garden, showing signs of life in Mexico...










#1505549 Moved to Guadalajara, Mexico. What should I expect from my grow?

Posted by grover on 17 November 2017 - 01:28 PM

We sold our house in California and moved to Mexico. My best seeds came with me, and I've got a spacious roof garden with tons of sun. Hopefully I'll have year-round growth and pod production, which will be something I'm not used to.


Does anyone know if that is the case? According to this map I am in "Hardiness Zone 10a"http://www.plantsdb....l-south-america


Coldest time of the year is January (Avg. low 44°f; Avg. high 75°f).


It won't freeze here, so I should be good, right? The plants may slow down in the cold months, but that's about the worst of it (hopefully.)


I've also got a custom greenhouse being constructed on the roof so that the peppers are protected from the blisteringly direct all-day sunshine. A few seeds are already germinated and ready for action...


Any advice for this Mexican adventure? I'll upload photos shortly.

#1442832 Re-using potting soil mix from last year?

Posted by grover on 02 April 2017 - 06:46 PM

Most awesome answer ever.



All the soil on the planet has been reused a million times. :lol:

Ok sorry. I'll show myself out. :rofl:


#1442795 Re-using potting soil mix from last year?

Posted by grover on 02 April 2017 - 05:12 PM

Awesome. Thanks! Luckily no diseased plants last year, and I won't be bringing any of this stuff inside.


Yes, this is usually a great idea because a lot of the stuff in the soil has had the time to break down and is usually rich in nutrients. You can even leave the roots in if you break them up and mix it around. Just add whatever nutes and it will work fine. The only words of caution I have to extend to you are that occasionally, bugs and whatnot lay eggs in the soil and if you plan on using that soil indoors, you may have problems. Also, if any of your plants had any diseases, the soil isn't safe. 


#1404211 Preferred Seed Starting Method

Posted by grover on 07 January 2017 - 09:49 PM

I just took your tupperware germination advice and my seeds are exploding like mad right now. Best results I've ever had! THANK YOU!!!



i use commercial potting mix that my local nursery uses, if its good enough for them then it will be good enough for me. They order it fresh every year in Big pallets so i know they aren't messing around.


But my preferred germination method is in tupperwear containers with a piece of paper(news paper, paper towel, coffee filter, cardboard all work). 





#1399194 Aphids Observation and Experiment To Try Out

Posted by grover on 24 December 2016 - 02:31 PM

I am going to try this experiment today. :-)

#1398185 "Carolina Reaper" seeds bought from Pepper Joe

Posted by grover on 20 December 2016 - 08:51 PM

Yes! That is what I am most upset about. And growing these indoors, with the lights and heating/cooling energy costs, is an expensive slap in the face.


Thanks for your offer! Very generous. What can I trade you for them? Tequila?



its not even  the money its the time effort and anticipation you invest that makes it a real f**k you slap in the face and i have had it done to me multiple times and it sucks . my offer stands


#1398169 "Carolina Reaper" seeds bought from Pepper Joe

Posted by grover on 20 December 2016 - 08:12 PM

Sigh. Oh well. Guess I learned my lesson!

#1398079 "Carolina Reaper" seeds bought from Pepper Joe

Posted by grover on 20 December 2016 - 05:23 PM

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#1391211 Why Tents???

Posted by grover on 29 November 2016 - 02:34 PM

This is basically the main reason I am using one right now. Seed production.



I could see using them to prevent unwanted cross pollination. 


#1384578 LED lights too bright? Is this possible?

Posted by grover on 06 November 2016 - 12:58 AM

Holy crap. How awesome is this?! I gave him some plants, too, and he says they are still alive. Nice!! Every time I give someone plants, they somehow manage to kill them. Incredible.


Viva Sonoma!




P.S. My Mexican friend Sergio took a bite out of one of your moruga's or reaper's the other day. Said he couldn't remember, but it was one or the other. He was telling me about you and the peppers, and says I think that's Grover from my forum? He says YEA THAT'S HIM!!  :rofl:  Small world, I mean town.


BTW his pop is where my goatsweed and pubes came from in 2010, that I'm pretty well known on here for.  :cheers:




#1384467 LED lights too bright? Is this possible?

Posted by grover on 05 November 2016 - 08:19 PM

Last year I did a CFL grow in the small grow tent in my garage. It was OK, but the plants I had inside didn't produce many pods, and the tent got very hot inside.


This year I bought 2 LED light panel units (Galaxyhydro) and the plants have shown pretty rapid growth. However, I am wondering if I am dumping too much light into this small space. (The tent area is 4' wide x 2.5' deep, and 7 feet tall.)


The reason I wonder - some branches seem to be bending away from the light, almost pointing horizontally. Also, leaves are showing signs of crinkling. (See the images below.)












I also have some CFL lights in the grow tent, but I usually don't turn them on unless I am working in there, or taking photos.






- I don't see any evidence of burn, so the light isn't so intense that the leaves are being cooked.

- The temperatures have been stable and within a desirable range.

- The plants are in #5 pots, with Fox Farm Ocean Forrest soil with additional perlite added. I shouldn't be seeing any nutrient issues at this stage.

- My watering schedule has been about once per week, so I don't think it's over watering.


So the question is, can the light just be too intense/bright for these guys? I went looking around on this site trying to find out what the ideal amount of light is for an indoor grow like this, but all I could find was "the more light, the better" statements.


Can anyone shed any, ummm, light, on this situation. [drum hit]




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#1362274 Yellow Butch T in a field of red plants

Posted by grover on 11 September 2016 - 01:32 PM

Nice! We go to Hopmonk at least once per week to chow on fish tacos.


I have a friend who lives out in Dixon, he's got 40 acres and is letting me use 1 acre for these peppers. We started small this year with 150 plants as a test. Next year we're going to fill it up completely with (probably) Reapers. We could probably cram 2,000 plants into that space if we really push it. It's going to be a ton of work, but we do have some help so it's not going to be all on me.


Oh, and there is a lot of stuff going on in the world of tequila. I could talk your ear off for days on end with that topic!



Nice peppers Grover!


We still got to get together man, talk peppers and share seeds. I went to the Hopmonk a while ago but didn't see ya.


What farm are you on? I could prolly get some space on the old Gordenker Turkey farm out HWY 12  but I just haven't had the desire to go really big, its a lot of work.


Plus I'd love to here whats hot in the tequila world.

#1362253 Yellow Butch T in a field of red plants

Posted by grover on 11 September 2016 - 12:53 PM

Hi Folks. I walked through my field today (it has about 150 Butch T Scorpion pepper plants, all in various stages of pod production) and I noticed that one plant is kicking out yellow pods.



(Same mother plant, yet different colored pods.)


I had a very productive plant last year, so just before winter set in, I brought it inside and isolated it in a grow tent. It still kicked out new pods for a few months and I harvested the seeds, then germinated them and used them for all 150 plants growing now. So I didn't get the seeds from anyone else, and there's no possibility of cross pollination. Could this be a legitimate mutation?


Since this is my first real grow in a real field on a real farm, I am wondering if these Yellow Butch-T peppers are worth maintaining.




I did some searching online and I've seen some Yellow Butch-T Scorpions already, so before I go throwing them into a cloner and get myself a little too excited as if I have something unique, I am coming here for a reality check. :-)






What's the verdict? Should I do something with this one plant, or not?