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The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards Winners Announced!


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Offline Last Active Aug 16 2017 12:37 AM

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F*$%ing chickens!

30 July 2017 - 10:00 PM

my mom has 3 chickens and all spring and summer they've left the plants alone, even when they were seedlings. They nipped EVERYTHING off the bottom of my overwinter bhutlah, and scratched up the raised bed and dug one plant almost out of the ground.

Pics coming:

what to do with my most productive plants?

26 July 2017 - 04:17 PM

It looks like my most productive plants this year will be serrano, aleppo, and hot cherry. I have a couple ideas for them, but would love some additional info!



  • smoke/dry, crush to powder or flakes (any tips for this?)
  • may also try to sun dry some
  • anything to do with fresh ones?

Hot Cherry:

  • pickle
  • stuff and grill (I have goat cheese in mind... anyone else have any favorites?)


  • Escabeche (THP I saw a recipe you posted recently and can't find it, would appreciate it you could share the link again)
  • pickle



Help getting pods to set

20 July 2017 - 02:07 AM

My overwinter chocolate bhutlah looks great with tons of flowers but only has 2 pods under the canopy. We had a few days of 100+ and it's pretty dry in NorCal (east Bay Area) but the last week has been mid-80s. It's been planted out since I think early to mid-June.

It gets Neptune's Fish and Seaweed (2-3-1) every other week and CalMag in between. I added bone meal to the soil (Fox Farms Ocean Forest) before planting.

I shake the plant daily and there is generally a light breeze here. I've even tried hand pollinating with both wet and dry Q-tips. I've recently been misting it at night with water to try to increase humidity a bit.

It wasn't terribly productive last year but it got a late start and some rookie over-fertilizing stunted it.

Is there anything else I can do to help pods set? Is there anything I am doing that I shouldn't be? Pics below:



By the way, the orange in the second picture is a Home Depot spray bottle behind the plant, not pods in it.

Thanks in advance for any tips!

Can you plant/germ/grow fresh seeds?

07 July 2017 - 11:07 AM

Do seeds have to be dried out before they are viable? Or can you pull a fresh seed out of a ripe pepper and stick it straight into a rockwool cube to germinate it and start growing?

Preference for one of these Neptune's ferts?

05 July 2017 - 01:07 PM

Fish and Seaweed 2-3-1: https://www.amazon.c...ding=UTF8&psc=1


Tomato and Veg 2-4-2: https://www.amazon.c...1_t2_B01CI33HJ2


I'm nearly out of the Fish and Seaweed that I used last year, and saw the Tomato and Veg. Has anyone used both of them, is one better suited to peppers?