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#1549097 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 27 April 2018 - 08:43 AM

No update, due to the shittiest Spring in several years. My starts are in a holding pattern, some actually looking depressed. This will change, but I don't have to like it...

In the meantime, a farmer friend came over yesterday to discuss peppers. Last fall he got a jar of that Aji Oro/chokecherry jelly and a bottle of mango/pineapple/dreadie-mahala hotsauce, this year he wants to grow for the farmers markets. He has a number of high and low tunnels and a small greenhouse. He left here with a LOT of seed. New chilihead alert!

#1548928 windchicken 2018

Posted by stettoman on 26 April 2018 - 09:45 AM

Nice to see you gloggin' again, Gary....OK, maybe V-gloggin', but nonetheless. Have a great season!


My Dreadie chokecherry jelly was a huge hit! I'm growing more this season, hoping for a bumper of both the peppers and the fruit!

#1547060 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by stettoman on 20 April 2018 - 02:18 PM

Wow, you guys are cookin' it!


I need to stop in more often. It's like watching a puppy grow. St Bernard or something.....

#1547056 Devv-2018-Loving life in the dirt

Posted by stettoman on 20 April 2018 - 02:07 PM

Those Aji Limo pods will initially turn a very dark purple, then go through a bunch of color changes to finally end up turning a dark red. It is possible for them to end up as yellow for the final color, but that is pretty rare, based on my experience. The only person I know that happened to is Tcten. Aji Limo sold commercially in Peru is primarily red, but a bag bought at an international market imported from Peru, will usually have a few yellow pods in it.



Dale, Mine were starting out the purple, but out of 3 plants only one wound up red. The seeds were stowaways with a pack of Peruvian-sourced Aji Amarillo seed from PaulG. These were the most popular peppers out of my garden to my friends and family, They were excellent, the powder continues to be!




Scott, so impressive! Looks like you finally cloned my black-muck primordial ooze!!

#1547037 Bhuter's 2018 Glog

Posted by stettoman on 20 April 2018 - 01:42 PM

I feel so lucky that I have no bugs. Not ever.


...Well, ok, I get cabbage worms in my broccoli, but that's just a protein supplement... :party:

#1546970 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 20 April 2018 - 09:56 AM

Haw! If you really want revenge, take his coat and long-johns too! :rofl:
Yup, that's definitely edema due to over-watering. The underside of the leaf feels a bit sandy right? Like the sleep sand in the corners of your eyes in the morning?


Yessir, I go through a phase where I get nervous about water and the plants suffer for it. I usually go by weight of the cup, but sometimes, if I see a droopy leaf especially, I'll do a hydro-munchausen on them. I'm just surprised there's only one this year. I must be improving!

#1546955 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 20 April 2018 - 08:53 AM

Too right Eric! If I can get my hands on the guy who placed the weather order for spring this year it won't be pretty! [emoji1015][emoji879][emoji378]

Thanks for the O.B. report... all looking good so far. [emoji6]



You and me, Rick! You knock 'im down, I'll take his shoes!! :dance:


I do have but one anomaly to report: Out of all these pepper plants, including a Big Jim that took over 6 weeks to show a true leaf, I have one butt-ugly anuum with an edema and leaf curl.


It's a jalapeno, it's sister is the same size and showing none of it. According to Rich the Pepper Guru in a post from 2012 (instead of panicking I thought to use the search function first), it'll grow out of it. At first, with the proximity of these young plants, I thought a plague was about to ensue. This is exactly the reason I come here....



#1546672 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 19 April 2018 - 11:53 AM

There's too much going on around here, I'm amazed these plants aren't all dead by now. I'm remodeling all 3 of our bathrooms (ok, 2 & 1/2) and the mudroom for The Darlin' Bride, she's allowing me to actually hire just ONE contractor, so I'm doing everything but the plumbing. Gotta be done before June 9, my daughter's grad party.


Anyway, nobody wants to hear all that, we finally got over 50 degrees today! The plants in the window have been there from just about the beginning...Note the snow-filled ditch in the window's reflection...






And these guys, except for the overwinters, are seeing their first real sun. These are the same age as the plants in the window, yet a fraction of growth. I'll bet they catch up quick...






I still haven't had the time to repot my Aji Mango, I think it'll really take off with a couple more gallons of room to roam in...It has a dozen pods on it already, the Aji Amarillo is flowering like mad but has only 3 pods so far. 


I guess we'll see how long these guys survive only semi-attended.


Finally Spring....Gawd has this been a long winter.





#1543286 Ted's Steamed Cheeseburgers

Posted by stettoman on 07 April 2018 - 12:40 PM


There's a thread for that.


But I can't remember where here on THP.



You found it but didn't follow up...




I've met a rare burger I didn't like, never even heard of steamed. Almost sounds like a Throwdown....... :high:

#1543249 No True Leaves; A Tragic State?

Posted by stettoman on 07 April 2018 - 09:56 AM

     I've seen that before. Sometimes the meristem gets damaged and the plant has no where to push new growth. The cotyledons might get a little bigger, but the plant will never mature.



Well that is truly sad, I must say.



I feel I must plant another, unless I grow the huevos to attempt separating the multi-sprout and repot...

#1543053 Rocoto

Posted by stettoman on 06 April 2018 - 12:13 PM

Rocotos are worth it. I agree you need to start them early, I'm in zone 3 and start all my chiles on March 1.


If you have the room, overwinter like Savina sed. The lions share of my grow this year is Rocoto.

#1542186 The Comprehensive Guide to Over-Wintering

Posted by stettoman on 03 April 2018 - 08:10 AM

It's only April, but my Aji Mango has been flowering for well over a week and I have pods forming! What an aggressive, ambitious little plant!


The Aji Amarillo is also flowering, but only just. They both have an insane case of cabin fever, but we are still getting snow and below freezing temps this Spring.

#1542185 P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Posted by stettoman on 03 April 2018 - 08:06 AM

I just have one, but if I get a true pheno it will be designated a permanent resident and overwintered with a select few that we really enjoy.

#1540558 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 27 March 2018 - 08:31 AM

3/27 photo update.


Nothing to report, 3 more seeds popped (27 days? :eek: ), one of them a boutique "grape" pepper I planted for my dad.


All is well, all is growing, though a couple of hatchlings have some really gnarled and grotesque cotys displayed. I'm sure they'll grow out of it...



#1540439 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 26 March 2018 - 04:37 PM

squirrels, squirrels everywhere!!  Other than offensive driving and random target practice, they serve no purpose, other than to dig up my plants.



HAW!! Squirrels are the ONLY critter what gets a pass from me. They entertain the dogs, only eat sunflower seeds from what the birds tell me, and have this wonderful hobby of half-buryng corn cobs in my lawn from neighboring fields.


Now, git you some chipmonks, then we can talk sports!l


Looking good Eric ;)


It's going to be a grand year!


I just came home from 4 days in snow country, back to my 86°.


So good to wake up in ones own bed and just be home ;)


I just came in from shoveling 3 fresh inches, Scott! Heaviest snow of the year is March up here, 40s one day, 32 and snow the next, then back to piling up...


The bed & home thing? Damn skippy!!!