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And I thought peppers were easy to clone

01 April 2019 - 08:58 AM

Tomatoes must be slam dunk easy. I broke the top off one of my A Grappoli D'Inverno plants when detwangling it from the others to remove it from the indoor nursery area the Friday before last. I quicklike brought it in and stuck it into a jar with a yellow scorpion branch that's been growing roots since mid-January when I cut back my OW plants.


Today, I pulled them to check the tomato and change the nutrient solution and found this. Haha, she gets her own jar now.



Crazy tomato seedlings

27 January 2019 - 05:51 PM

Some of my tomato seedlings are doing some crazy stuff. This one is A Grappoli D'Inverno. I have some Amish Paste that did the same thing. I germinated under a humidity dome at 82-ish. These seeds popped quick and shot out like silly string. As soon as they pop, I move them into a light chamber with plenty of light.This one is probably 5 days post emergence.


What causes this? Some of my starting containers have a normal sprout along with one of these string plants.


Should I just go ahead and plant this one deep?


That's a shiny quarter in the picture for size reference.






Here's one you'll want to avoid

23 January 2019 - 03:03 PM

Buc-ee's Carolina Reaper Salsa.


The first Buc-ee's travel center outside of Texas just opened in our county. 50 pumps and 50,000 square feet of genuine goodness imported from Texas. According to the local news, this is A Big Thing for L.A. My wife stopped in there yesterday to look around and came out of there with a pre-made pulled pork sandwich and a jar of the above mentioned salsa to bring home to me. She's a wonderful and considerate wife with 37 years of experience.


Before opening the salsa, I looked at the ingredient list. Many of the usual suspects beginning with tomato and canned tomato with some jalapeño and habanero and finally ending at the very bottom with some carolina reaper pepper powder. I opened it and took a taste with a spoon. Yeah, you can tell a little bit of reaper powder was brought fairly close to the opened jar before it was sealed. But not much. It tasted pretty foul too. I closed the jar and set it on the counter to revisit later.


Meanwhile, my wife walked through the kitchen and said something smelled like gas. She didn't say if the gas smell may have originated from gasoline (which is out in the cars) or natural gas (which we don't have) or fart gas (which I didn't do). So I opened the jar of Buc-ee's and asked if that was the smell. She said "YESSSS!, that's it. That shit's FOUL".


So, you have been warned. Avoid Buc-ee's Carolina Reaper Salsa with a tiny lil' bit of allegedly genuine Carolina Reaper Pepper Powder.


I give it a 1 for flavor and a 1 for heat. We do use  a 1 through100 scale here for rating hot stuff, right? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


The pulled pork sandwich wasn't too good either. No pickles, no onions and no barbeque sauce.


Tiny tags

22 January 2019 - 10:03 PM

Not exactly high tech but they make my growing easier. These little tags work great for 30 ml medicine cups or peat pellets if you germinate in things like this. Cheap too at a penny apiece. Only bad thing is they come on the slow boat from China. The free shipping package arrives in about three weeks.







Anyone use LED on a light mover?

12 January 2019 - 10:54 AM

Do you find you can keep the light panel closer to the plants without burning them?


I don't know how close these lights can be to the plants but the manufacturer recommendations begin at 36". So far I learned when I moved a 1000w panel to 26" above the plants, all the burning, bleaching and discoloring stopped. Now I'll have to move these plants to another area with a 1200w LED on a mover. At this time I have only 18" of altitude above the plants.