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in search of OG Cappy-stock Red Brainstrain seeds

30 September 2018 - 02:14 PM

I grew Red Brains from ccn and from WHP this year. I had grown from ccn last year as well. Loved the experience, but i feel like i wanna get the "real deal" if i can. Hoping for more uniform pods, hopefully bigger in size, and i suspect the heat isnt as huge as the original strain, either.

Will gladly pay via MO, check, or PayPal. Willing to trade in theory, but my seeds list just ain't that cool. Send me a pm if you got Cappy Brain seeds you'd part with...

Let's talk trash about Serranos

26 July 2018 - 05:47 PM

So a little while back, when I had thought I was done starting seeds for 2018, someone posted a "what's your favorite pepper?" thread and I was surprised to see how many THPers claimed Serranos as their favorite. I'd grown Hot Rod Serranos (fwiu an F1 hybrid) last year, and I used to grow piles of Serranos at work, and I always liked'm, so I figured "why not?" I ordered seeds real quick, got them started, and now I've got a bunch of pods hanging on 9 plants ...

Now, i have no legit gripe against the Hot Rods, and I'm growing 3 of those, but F1 hybrids aren't necessarily my style, such as it is, so I wanted to dick around with other Serranos as well.

So, I'm growing 3 generic, plane Jane Serranos, 3 Serrano Tampiqueños, and the 3 Hot Rods. So far, I've only gotten ripe Hot Rods, but I've got some initial impression of the things...

The Hot Rods are supposed to be extra early and quite productive. So far, they are living up to those expectations. All 3 plants have as many pods on it as they can support... They were the first to set pods, and their pods were first to ripen. But, they are the least fuzzy plants by far, and the plant structure is pretty much generic annuum...

The generic Serranos are, by far, the fuzziest. They grew tall, but also bushy. One of these has a bunch of pods on it, one had a respectable amount, and the third is the biggest plant but is lagging far behind the other two in terms of production.

The Tampiqueños are pretty fuzzy, but not so fuzzy as the other Serranos. They grew fairly short, but ridiculously bushy. They basically started out extra leggy and grew almost gorizontally, but then several branches shot up from the main stem and each plant looks like a little Grove made up of several plants. I love the plants' structure. However, they are lagging far behind the other two...

Of course, once I get to sample a bright red pod of each, I'll probably decide based on that. (Actually, I have enough seeds in reservem Ethan I'll have another year or 2 growing all three before I have to make my mind up...)

But, as of right now, I like the Hot Rods for their productivity, the Tampique of for the way the plant itsekf grows, but I'd crown the generic jawns as King b/c, seemingly, they are the best of both worlds. But... We gotta wait til I eat these things...

Don't you hate it when..?

17 July 2018 - 08:41 PM

Doesn't it suck when you're in the middle of a partially-failing season, and you start fantasizing about next season, so you order seeds for 2019 and you feel good for a minute.... Until you realise that you neglected to order a few that you'd been perving on for like a year, so you have to re-order?

Yeah, it sucks... Mostly because it makes me realise that poor planning is often the reason for the many challenges I confront while growing.

It's weird that I think growing chiles is so much fun, when it caused me so much grief...

Plants are wilting, weird stuff, please help

03 July 2018 - 04:17 PM

I am sorry I don't have pictures but I will try to upload some soon. I have a bunch of plants, most are doing reasonably well despite my ineptitude, but 4 of the 99 at my community garden raised beds have suddenly taken a sharp turn for the worse. I'm trying to figure out what I should do in the short term

Some background: I started many plants from seed, and some did great and others failed miserably, depending on which starting soil I used. One of the plants that was doing best was an Orange Thai, which in the solo cup was big and bushy and strong and even setting a few tiny pods while still in the solo cup. I expected great things but, one day, it just wilted dramatically. It looked like it had dried out but the soil was pretty much ideal at that point. Still, it was wilting so I gave it some water but it didn't matter; it stayed wilted. It didn't makes it to plant out; I wasn't to worried because I had more plants than I had garden space, but I still felt underway that what had been my most vigorous plant has been taken out by a mystery. . .

Fast forward to a week or two ago: one of my Jalapeño Conchos plants had seemed to be doing at least kinda well. It was smaller than my other plants from the same seeds, but it had buds and seemed healthy, if a little stunted... Until it started to woke dramatically, too, and didn't get better with watering. This occurred during a heat wave, so I thought it had something to do with that.... But all of my plants wilt on terribly hot days, and they all bounce back after some water... Except this one.

Fast forward to a few days ago: now three other plants in the next bed over are showing the same symptoms. These three also happen to be in close proximity to one another, so it seems to be spreading, and I worry that it will affect all of my plants.

After a few searches , i am suspecting that it is a fungal infection (fusarium or verticillium.) I don't think it's viral, as there were no weird marks on the leaves, just wilt. The leaves have gone a little yellow, but that seems to be a symptom that appears after the fact, pleasantly b/c I overwatered the willing plants in a misguided attempt to save them.

My questios are, are these plants doomed? Should I yank them ASAFP will the fungus spread to the outer plants, either none or in future grows?

Sorry for all the questions, but i'm freaking out...


Big leaves: a good thing, or na?

05 June 2018 - 04:54 PM

I noticed that many of my chinense plants that I started from seeds have some Dookie-big leaves on them. Like, some are almost the size of my hand. I always thought that was rad and I noticed they are find more on my plants that are truly thriving (more vigorous growth, more leaves on risk in terms of both number and volume) but I think I recall reading, either here on THP or elsewhere on the workshop wide internetwebs, that this is actually a sign of some kind of deficiency-- either light or nutes or some specific wavelength of light.

The thing is, I cannot find the thread but I find this hard to believe based on my own observations with the plants i'm growing. But I noticed that the plants I for from the nursery tend to have smaller leaves than the ones I've started, so I figured I'd ask y'all...