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#1613763 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by stettoman on Yesterday, 01:19 PM

Egad I need out of zone 3. Middle of February and I have two weeks before I even think about starting seeds.

I need Trump to declare a national emergency and send me the Army Corps of Engineers to build me a greenhouse!

#1613084 Show Us Your Pubes! Group GLOG From The Rocoto Giveaway

Posted by stettoman on 13 February 2019 - 11:11 AM

I've had good success cloning rocotos. I just trim the end of the branch at the shoot, as long as it is 4-5 inched at least. I then soak the cut end in regular tap water, then dip the cut end in cloning powder, and plant it in either a rockwool cube, or potting soil. Works every time for me. When I used to over winter a lot, I would clone my favorite rocotos, to not have to start from seed. Now, I just start from seed every year, since I don't have the space I used to, for over wintering.


Well, this will be my last cloning attempt, this year anyway. I do have a cutting still in a shot glass full of ugly algae filth that refuses to die or wilt or root or anything else, but this one is "trying it your way", Dale. I put it to seedling coir right after reading your post, and so far the little guy is doing it's best to lean into the sun (so no, that's not wilt), but I'm not seeing roots yet either.


turbo cutting.jpg


My overwinters are starting to notice the longer days and commencing new growth. Can't wait for this miserable winter to be over!!

#1612697 A day in the life

Posted by stettoman on 11 February 2019 - 01:21 PM

Don't make me come down there.

#1611717 Rocoto growth pattern

Posted by stettoman on 07 February 2019 - 12:20 PM

Yeah, those pods may not be yuge, but they make up for it in meaty. My impression of the heat profile is almost like dope, it calms my brain!


Tell ya what though, those Ecuadorian Reds, if you happen to grow any, will surprise you with an above average bite--I made a batch of jelly with them, definitely a hotter Rocoto!!

#1611680 Rocoto growth pattern

Posted by stettoman on 07 February 2019 - 07:53 AM

The rewards outweigh any finicky peculiarities, Jacques!

I have a dozen of them overwintering, the curse of living in the primal subarctic tundra...

#1610509 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by stettoman on 02 February 2019 - 11:59 AM

I thought (for a change) about the LED route, and from past experience with photo-shock when transferring from sprout room to windowsill or outside, I'm going natural light only. The only stunting I'll be dealing with then is when I transplant into that wonderful Chinese space farm platform.....

#1610302 Happy Friday Pharkers, What's on the FAKE SUPERBOWL menu?

Posted by stettoman on 01 February 2019 - 12:11 PM

Heh heh, that game's been fake at least since XL, Rob. Maybe since free agency.

I plan on making myself a monte cristo with a chokecherry/aji oro jelly, but the game won't be on. I woulda watched a Bears/Chiefs SB, but NE again?


#1610126 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by stettoman on 31 January 2019 - 04:44 PM


Actually, if I get in on this with a late start,

that will give the rest of you that already have

seedlings a fighting chance.


That's how I'm playing it, Paul. I don't plan on sowing anything for a few weeks yet.


I've seen how your plants produce. This isn't a pro-am, you know that, right? You're gonna have to let me sneak up from behind and clobber ya like everyone else....

#1610124 A day in the life

Posted by stettoman on 31 January 2019 - 04:37 PM

Hell Reggie, I'm probably hundreds of miles from anything resembling a Restaurant Depot. That was a mean thing to do....


I want an HEB too, so don't anyone go filming a stroll down their spice aisle.....

#1608286 Chokecherry, maybe rhubarb too...

Posted by stettoman on 24 January 2019 - 03:48 PM



Made a small I-phone vid for you in ref our last conversation, but for some reason not able to send. So here it is for whatever you may glean...




Hey Reggie, thanks for that encouraging vid! I've had my gallon of 13% ABV stuff residing in a cool, dark corner of my studio, temp down to 64F, almost no headroom on the carboy whatsoever. There's a miniscule white ring around the exposed edge, but the wine has gone back to that fruity bubblegum smell, so no doubt we're on track!


I did order a 15 dollar acid/ph kit, wanna get my sauce adjusted before I add any sweetening, if I add any at all.


Yeah, carboys would be cool, and I'll pay shipping. No point in you having all the fun!!


Now, go freak the neighborhood tweakers with a loud offkey rendition of Trower!!

#1608251 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by stettoman on 24 January 2019 - 01:36 PM

  Sorry for the lousy pic quality.


We can only tolerate so much of that. You do realize that you've entered a competition populated entirely by professional photographers, do you not?


We might have to call for a referendum on you...

#1608248 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by stettoman on 24 January 2019 - 01:32 PM

Its mostly Maui Waui, but its some Labrador, man


Dave's not here...... :high:

#1607745 Show Us Your Pubes! Group GLOG From The Rocoto Giveaway

Posted by stettoman on 22 January 2019 - 12:50 PM

What was your propagation mix? If you don't mind me asking..


My cloning attempts have gotten me bupkis. I have one "viable" cutting left, expect it to shrivel in a week or so. Makes me sad.


I'm also still getting an occasional aphid, no great bursting of an egg cache, just a solitary or sometimes a pair of eensy green monsters. But here's the odd part: They only inhabit the Rocoto plants. I have a pair of Bacaatum and an Anuum with absolutely no evidence of aphid activity whatsoever. The house plants seem safe as well.


Funny thing about the little buggers is that whether you see one or a thousand, the reaction is the same: PANIC.

#1607495 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by stettoman on 21 January 2019 - 12:26 PM

Time to DESTROY. Play time is over now.

Operation time sensitive seed abort nano technology is a go for everyone who got seeds from me. Ive spent the last 20 years creating this technology. Enjoy your bell peppers ... for now, muahahahaha


Aw shit, I've been converted to Antakes and Antep Aci Dolma....and I din't geh noh chrimuss card either.... :tear:

#1605801 need advice on how to Prune my chillipepper

Posted by stettoman on 15 January 2019 - 05:55 PM

Not that I recommend it for you, but here is what I ultimately do with most of my overwinters:


This is a Rocoto tha had grown long in the legs last season and lost the leaves on the main stem. After the last pod was harvested I trimmed back to the first branching nodes beyond the original first fork in hopes to promote development of those nodes down the stem.

If you look closely, it is working. I did this last winter as well on a couple of overwintered Bacaatums, but I unfortunately waited till mid-Spring to trim and the plants took an unexpectedly long time to come out of shock and produce.

CaneDog gives good advice.