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Last season I got my peppers really hot, I think it's due to the compost I used

28 May 2017 - 10:23 AM

Last season I got all my peppers really hot, even the ones with low heat or no heat turned out quite pungent. I cannot define the exact increase in heat levels, but my Bishops Hat were not mild as usual, but really hot, Marbles which had no heat - had some good pungency too.

I'm not sure what exactly caused this, but my guess it's the compost I used. I had a mixture of peat moss and compost that I made. It was actually the horse manure I brought in fresh in the autumn to heat the greenhouse. I started it with some urea and got it going for about 2,5 months with temperature reaching over 70 degrees celsius inside. After the pile cooled I added the so called effective microorganisms to finish the composting faster and populate the soil with beneficial bacterias and stuff. In a while the pile was filled with earth worms, pillbugs and millipede (Oxidus gracilis). So in about 6 months I got myself an excelent horse manure compost that I think contributed to the heat level of my peppers.

I just wanted to share this experience with the ones interested in getting more pungent pods and to find out if somebody experienced similar effect.

It was labeled "Naga Jolokia"

27 July 2016 - 03:24 PM

I was given a few seedlings labeled "Naga Jolokia" that came from a reputable seed bank, and judging by the name I assumed it's of the same family if not the same with "Bhut Jolokia", "Bih jolokia" as some say it's the same pepper variety that is named different. But now that I see the fruits being set I wonder if it's the one. I also heard there's a Naga Jolkia PC-1 (Tezpur) which have similar form of peppers as mine, but they don't grow upwards like mine. 








Any idea on what kind of Naga Jolokia that is? I have 5 plants and all look the same.

Legal issues on using hot pepper varieties

26 July 2016 - 04:15 PM

I have a few questions regarding the legal issues on using capsicum varieties. I presume there are not so many limitations if I'm using a certain variety as an individual, but there certainly are some if I'm a business. And by "using" I mean growing, gathering seeds, selling plants or seeds, using it for cross-pollination, etc.


So here are my questions:


1. Who owns the rights for a certain variety if there is such a thing and how can it be checked? I understand there are heirloom varieties that probably nobody owns, but if a certain company developed a variety and is selling the seeds - am I allowed to gather the seeds from the fruits I grow? can I sell those? can I sell the plants grown from the original seeds or the ones I'm saving? 


2. If an enthusiast grower developed a stable variety, named it and sold the seeds, can I grow this variety commercially, gather or sell the seeds? And who actually coins the name?


3. If I use two varieties in creating a third one, do I own any credits or benefits to the "parents's owners"?



Greetings from Moldova

20 July 2016 - 03:04 PM

Hello everyone! I'm Serge from Moldova. I bet some of you didn't even heard of that place :) 


I do like hot stuff, and that's why I'm here.

I've been growing peppers for the past 5 years, mostly in pots, this year in addition to about a dozen of ornamentals I usually grow I planted another 20 varieties or so. Anyway, I hope to find answers to my questions here and maybe share some things I learned.