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#1491164 Attempting to root a broken branch aeroponics

Posted by DWB on 13 September 2017 - 04:05 PM

Easy deal. I had to make my plants smaller to fit in my winter shelter last year. I trimmed off branches that wouldn't fit. Some had pods in various stages of ripening. I didn't want to waste them or eat them before ripening so I stuck those branches in a plastic pitcher and put it on a south facing windowsill in the kitchen. The pods ripened and I ate them. The branches kept growing leaves and flowering and made more tiny pods. I ate those too. I changed the water once in a while and the sticks eventually grew roots. In the spring, I planted them in pots. Now I have four nice big clones that have been giving me more peppers since July.

#1489965 Growing year round in USDA Zone 10a?

Posted by DWB on 08 September 2017 - 02:54 PM

I had about 30 plants in my hillbilly winter shelter. It's roughly 4x4x4 and attached to the south side of my pump house. With  thermal blankets, 4x40w incandescents kept it above 50 even when the outside temp was in the 20's. I made a thread about this contraption last year but all my pictures were dumped out of the photobucket.

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#1489929 I LOVE black beans soooooo

Posted by DWB on 08 September 2017 - 12:47 PM

Every week I use grass fed beef, regular black beans, refried black beans, vidalia onion, garlic, celery, sweet peppers, superhot peppers and my scorpioreaper pepper powder, tomatoes, grass fed butter, pink salt and a little bit of beef stock to make me a big batch of one of my staple foods. I leave it cooking slow all day. Then I eat some every day. It's good straight out of the fridge and stereotypically eating it out of the container over the sink :P


Edit: I forgot to list the carrots.

#1489872 Growing year round in USDA Zone 10a?

Posted by DWB on 08 September 2017 - 10:39 AM

I found they really start hating life below 40 (inside or out) but are happy above 50. I imagine if you cut them back and cover them when cold, they'll do ok.

#1489403 The 2017 randyp "All the Worlds a Stage"grow.""Rush""

Posted by DWB on 06 September 2017 - 02:58 PM

Hey Randy,


I have another happy accident to report. I grew two plants from that bigass Trinidad Scorpion Red you sent me last year. They had a rough time of it but are producing well now. These two plants got hit pretty hard by the neighbor farmers 2,4-DB spray drift so they're way behind.


One plant is making blazing hot red peppers just like mama pepper.


One plant is making these delicious yellow peppers. Two phenotypes on the same plant. Not sure what the the cross is but my guess is daddy may be a YNBS. I don't think it's the Yellow Moruga because these peppers don't have that Moruga "flavor".

Whatever they are... they are thick wall, very sweet and fruity and not exceptionally hot. Definitely a prize winner. Gotta grow me some isolated pods on this plant too.


I do have a couple of isolated pods from that superhot YNBS cross that I prematurely called an orange naga brain strain a while back. Come to find out when I left them on the plant for a longer time, they mature a very  deep red. More like a burgundy naga brain strain. I can send you some of the seeds if you want.

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#1482143 Herbicide damage?

Posted by DWB on 08 August 2017 - 03:34 PM

Since my pictures were dumped from the nasty photobucket, I'll add one back in here to show what damage to a pepper plant by 2,4-D, 2,4-DB or Dicamba will look like. I hope nobody ever experiences it. The plants were set back but they survived and most are producing.



#1477917 The 2017 randyp "All the Worlds a Stage"grow.""Rush""

Posted by DWB on 23 July 2017 - 09:32 PM

I think this is the pod that bread your seed.The yellow were surrounded by douglahs and white habs.The plant beside the first YNB was a red7 xx choco bhut



That's making some sense Randy. I'm assuming a red7 xx choco bhut is one hot papa? Too bad you didn't overwinter him. You could tell him he helped spring a really weird kid in LA (Lower Alabama)


I'm getting a bit different view of my oddpods now. I pulled the first one off quickly because I'm impatient. I've left the others on the plant to see what they do. They went way past that deep orangey not quite red color and are turning to a burgundy color. Still maintaining the YNBS shape.

#1476837 The 2017 randyp "All the Worlds a Stage"grow.""Rush""

Posted by DWB on 19 July 2017 - 11:18 PM

Randy, I'm not so smart about crosses and hybrids but it seems like something very interesting got up into the Yellow Naga Brain Strain flower that made the seed I planted to come up with this screamer.


Until the pods start ripening to orange, there's no way to tell any difference between any of my four plants grown from your YNBS pods. One thing I do know is this Orange Naga Brain Strain is beastly hot. When doing the taste testing and heat comparison between the orange and the yellow last night, it didn't require a very big slice to make me hit the sour cream right quick.


I'll definitely be saving seeds from this puppy. I'm gonna try to get some pure seed grown in isolation. I started that project this morning.

#1476314 The 2017 randyp "All the Worlds a Stage"grow.""Rush""

Posted by DWB on 18 July 2017 - 11:34 AM

Hey Randy, have you seen this before? Looks like I got me a Orange Naga Brain Strain plant. How cool is that?







The plants, flowers and pods look identical until one turns yellow and the other turns orange. The walls and insides, seeds, placenta and oils look identical too.


I've been doing the comparison taste test for a while now. They even taste exactly the same until the heat bomb goes off. The orange pod is much³ hotter than the yellow. Exponentially hotter. A barn burner. Extremely great situation here. Now I have two peppers I adore. One in regular and the other in ultra high octane.


I have two more YNBS plants that still haven't committed to their final ripening colors. This will be interesting.

#1476207 Preserving my Hot Peppers

Posted by DWB on 17 July 2017 - 08:07 PM

Thanks for the recipe. I will try it and let you know. I don't have habaneros so I'll probably use scorpions. I'll make some small amounts a few times and hope I come up with something as delicious as the Sontava. They sell that at World Market, if you have one of those near you.


When I freeze pods just I wash them, put them in a ziplock and into the freezer.

#1475115 2017 Early Poddage

Posted by DWB on 13 July 2017 - 02:03 PM

Looks good. You'll be picking soon. It's so nice to have fresh pods. Are any of yours overwinters or are they all fresh starts?


I've been picking off some overwinters for a while now. Just beginning to get ripe pods off November and December starts. Maybe soon with the January starts.

#1474920 The 2017 randyp "All the Worlds a Stage"grow.""Rush""

Posted by DWB on 12 July 2017 - 08:24 PM

They're not as big as the beauties you sent me last year but oh jeez they are so delicious. I hope I get so many I can't eat all of them from my four plants because these YNBS pods will make pepper powder to die for.


Oh yeah, I ate one of the Douglahs. Killer hot and super delicious.



#1474680 Capsaicin vs. pain neurotransmitters - Calling all chile alchemists

Posted by DWB on 11 July 2017 - 08:32 PM

I'm glad to hear you are off the pills. I hope the best for ya DWB!

Thank you.

#1474652 Capsaicin vs. pain neurotransmitters - Calling all chile alchemists

Posted by DWB on 11 July 2017 - 07:18 PM

So you keep your entire mouth and throat on fire and a decent amount of skin as well because of this pain?

Smoke a joint.



I thought he was doing both since he's trying to keep the capsaicin high. You can get that feeling from rubbing it in? Didn't think that would release endorphins.



Wow. Not sure any of this merits a response but what the hey?


No, I don't keep my mouth and throat on fire but I do eat very spicy things every day as a means of keeping my endorphin system as healthy as possible. I have been doing this for a very long time and for a great many years before I was bothered by chronic pain.


No, I don't keep a decent amount or any amount on my skin. We do a very high SHU topical treatment that requires about an hour before clean up. I don't suggest you wander around with a 1.3 million SHU capsaicin/oil mixture on your skin either. I think the contamination you'd leave all about your environment would make you a very unpopular person.


No, I won't smoke a joint. Medical cannabis for pain management is not available in my state. But thank you for your "well-reasoned" advice.


No, topical capsaicin/oil mixtures applied to the skin do not influence endorphins. If you want to know what effect topical capsaicin does have, go to the first page and read the very educational links posted by Bernd.

#1474437 Capsaicin vs. pain neurotransmitters - Calling all chile alchemists

Posted by DWB on 10 July 2017 - 10:15 PM

Learning more all the time. It seems like I get good effect for around five weeks and then it starts diminishing. This time, it started giving up before the six week point so we did another treatment yesterday, at seven weeks. All good but I'm always wondering why I'm not getting twelve weeks of pain relief as represented by the prescription patch I'm trying to mimic. With a  little help from my doctor, maybe the light turned on.


I went to see my back doctor today for the first time since I started barking up this tree. I compiled some info to show him and asked him if he knew anything about nuclear strength capsaicin treatments. He knows all about the usual ways capsaicin is used and says it's been effective for centuries but knew nothing about using capsaicin in this strength or for my use. He said he'll read the study and the other information I directed him to see and let me know.


He also immediately picked up on the fact that prescription use for me would be strictly off-label since the indicated purpose of the patch is management of neuropathic pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia. Duh! That's a whole different animal than I'm chasing and probably explains why my effective duration is much shorter. It may also mean the prescription patch itself may not be all that effective for me since the source of my pain is deep. I reckon it explains why the emu oil is more effective than the coconut oil as a carrier.


Still happy and feeling very fortunate.