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#1583211 Mites or Calcium Deficiency?

Posted by austin87 on Today, 12:27 PM

Definitely mites, most likely broad mites. They are too small to see with the naked eye. Get some Azamax (derived from neem) or neem. Stop feeding until new growth is normal since the mites feed on new growth.

#1583001 Back throat burning peppers

Posted by austin87 on Yesterday, 11:08 AM

Get yourself a red brainstrain 

#1582752 Kratky or DWC? What's your experience and preference?

Posted by austin87 on 18 September 2018 - 10:50 PM

Pic of the Red Moruga Scorpion base with choice of quarter or lighter to gauge it.


And here we have a Kratky Brainstrain base.


Here was that Red Moruga Scorpion on April 1.


Thats bad ass man. Nice work!

#1582431 Overwintering, doing it wrong...

Posted by austin87 on 17 September 2018 - 11:32 AM

The plant can keep growing and it's still considered an overwinter - in order to go dormant the temperatures and light need to be reduced.


So your plant may continue to grow (though more slowly) inside in a window sill. Next spring plant it up into a bigger pot and it should take off.


Make sure that you harden it off too. It can get sunburned and die from going straight out into a long day in direct sunshine (I overwintered several plants a few years ago, kept them alive all winter, and they promptly got fried in the sun and died when I tried to move them back outside).

#1581983 New hot sauce startup considerations

Posted by austin87 on 15 September 2018 - 03:03 AM

Little late here but I hope this is relevant - SnF and SL said to get friends/family who you know and trust to give you some feedback. While I think this is good for initial test batches, you are unlikely to get true, unfiltered, honest feedback from people who know and like you. They want to be encouraging of your goals and are far more likely to say "it's great!" than strangers who have absolutely zero interest in whether you succeed or fail.

Ask strangers to taste your sauce at a farmer's market or wherever. If they say they like your sauce ASK THEM TO BUY IT - this will give you best indicator of whether or not you have a product that consumers want to buy.

Note: while I have limited food industry experience (I worked as butcher in college) I live and work near Silicon Valley. Startup founders will tell you that the best feedback comes from people who do not care about you personally and that getting money in exchange for your offering is ultimately what makes a successful business.

Again, not trying to be critical of SnF or SL who have way more knowledge in this space than I do, but sharing my business experience that is in an admittedly completely different field.

#1581981 www.LawrenceProduce.com

Posted by austin87 on 15 September 2018 - 01:13 AM

Hey Trent, just curious, I read the California ban and it mentioned exemptions as follows:

2. Exemptions. Certification requirements are waived on the following articles and commodities covered:

a. Shelled popcorn, seed for planting, or clean sacked grain for human consumption.

b. Beans in the pod or pepper fruits in lots or shipments of ten pounds or less.

c. Seedling plants or divisions without stems of the previous year's growth of aster, chrysanthemum or hollyhock.

2b appears to allow for shipments of pepper fruits less than 10 pounds. Definitely don't want you getting into trouble, but there are a lot of people in California and if this allows you to ship here it may increase your business opportunities.


#1581898 Roots stuck in seed coat

Posted by austin87 on 14 September 2018 - 09:44 AM

I recently started several seeds and planted them out. I noticed that one (Jamaican Hot Chocolate) was growing much more slowly than the others. It developed it's first set of true leaves but stayed smaller than a dime and was not growing


Since I germinated in rock wool cubes and then planted the cubes in dirt, I was able to move the dirt away from the rock wool cube and gently pull out the seedling.


The roots were still bound up inside the seed coat! I gently pulled off the soft seed coat, stuck the roots back down in the rock wool cube, covered the cube with dirt, and watered it in. Hopefully the now unconstrained roots will be able to take hold and the plant will start growing normally.


Has anyone ever had this happen? Should this plant be considered a dud, or if it starts growing normally will it be fine?

#1581593 End of summer in France - Piment d'Espelette time!

Posted by austin87 on 12 September 2018 - 07:46 PM

As sure as the days become shorter and it becomes harvest time (in the northern hemisphere at least), it's also Espelette pepper time here in the south of France.
I picked up a string this morning to harvest for seeds and sauce making...
So I'm now good for 2019 on this front. And there are some spare seeds for trade if anyone's interested.

I dont need seeds but I had a fantastic dish with a piment desplette sauce and the chef was kind enough to share the recipe:

X weight of peppers
1/2X weight of tomato
-roast these together
Add to blender with garlic, salt and pepper, and red wine vinegar (all to taste)
Drizzle in good olive oil until smooth and emulsified.

This sauce was served on top of dates stuffed with blue cheese and marcona almonds. Warmed through in the oven. It was incredible.

#1581390 Coolest Ripening Pics...

Posted by austin87 on 11 September 2018 - 04:47 PM

Waiting for this thing to finish ripening for days, something seemed up. I went to examine it, and it just fell off. Too bad.
Luckily I have some more coming in. Really cool looking shapes on this Goronong.


Hows the flavor in Goronong? I really like the look of them.

#1581352 Storing whole pod in the fridge?

Posted by austin87 on 11 September 2018 - 11:24 AM

Pretty sure seeds can be stored in the freezer. They might have to be completely dry to avoid cell rupture, but Im 99% sure that fresh seeds in the fridge will germinate normally.

#1581166 Fatalii Peppers, At least one SFRB left - $12

Posted by austin87 on 10 September 2018 - 02:17 PM

I got a box of gorgeous Fataliis from Jeff last week. Highly recommend.

#1581080 Do my plants have a virus!?

Posted by austin87 on 10 September 2018 - 06:57 AM

Yeah broad mites suck. Azamax is good, Ive never used neem.

#1580881 shape of pepper's cotyledon

Posted by austin87 on 09 September 2018 - 11:58 AM

Most seed leaves Ive seen have been narrower. But it looks like a pepper to me.
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#1580643 Coolest Ripening Pics...

Posted by austin87 on 08 September 2018 - 11:24 AM

California Reaper

Not familiar with California Reaper. Is this a Reaper cross or Carolina typo?

#1580503 Hottest, most oily, gnarly RED Superhot

Posted by austin87 on 07 September 2018 - 06:25 PM

Wartryx from Matthew Arthur is also very hot and oily.