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#1593419 Annuum for the grill?

Posted by stettoman on Yesterday, 02:36 PM

I'm for the Big Jim. One damned versatile pod that covers every grilling need but heat.

#1593364 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by stettoman on Yesterday, 09:45 AM

Still waiting... the strike at the postal service is still not over...

I read somewhere that seeds found in caves after a thousand years were still viable, have faith!!

#1593200 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by stettoman on 13 November 2018 - 01:34 PM

Ooh, baby!!

#1593090 Removing seeds from placenta after dry/mostly dry

Posted by stettoman on 12 November 2018 - 02:59 PM

I let the placenta completely dry in a Aji Largo Rocoto before prying the seeds loose this fall. I know this doesn't apply to the Anuums, Chinense, Baccatum, etc., but the seeds in a Pubescen really want out wet. They lay so tight against the placenta that there seems considerable bonding by the time it's fully dehydrated.


I broke about half the seeds trying to pry them loose.

#1593088 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 12 November 2018 - 02:42 PM

Hey, Eric, any roots yet?  I would expect it will take awhile,

several weeks or more, maybe if my experience with cuttings

is any indicator. Be patient, they will eventually root!


No roots yet Paul, but there is no sign of wither either. I'm going to agree, these may take longer than a week or two, but I do believe they'll eventually root.


Our humidity is less and less as it gets colder here, I'm giving these cuttings a full eye dropper of water every day or so.


If this works I'm going to try it with a bay laurel as well. I'm told they're tough.




#1591995 Show Us Your Pubes! Group GLOG From The Rocoto Giveaway

Posted by stettoman on 07 November 2018 - 09:50 AM

Haven't seen aphid one in a month, hope they aren't laying in the weeds for Christmas.


A little November surprise:





This is fruit from my Ecuadorian Red....yep, that one.


I decided to overwinter ALL of my Rocotos, some are in south facing windows, some in a windowless room in the cellar under stoe-bought sunlight. All are doing well, though I've done nary a trim but to test clone a couple Turbo Pube. It would be so dammed nice to have some pod setting in late June or earlier. Some of my plants haven't set a fruit yet...

#1591678 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by stettoman on 05 November 2018 - 06:15 PM

Seeds in the mailbox! Thanks Paul, if P' de N' X B' Ma J' grows anything like the Aji Limos that stowed away with your Peruvian Aji Amarillos, they gone love my Minnesota Muck!

#1591113 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by stettoman on 02 November 2018 - 10:23 AM

Holee Schmokes, Bullwinkle, what an ambitious endeavor!  


Can't wait to be a part of it!



#1591112 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 02 November 2018 - 10:12 AM

It's never really over, is it....


So I now have a total of 11 overwintering Rocotos, joining my overwinter Aji Amarillo and Aji Mango, and my new addition, a Large Orange Thai that I rescued from the 8ith acre at the 11th hour.


That Thai got cropped after a decent harvest to a group of stubs. It took up so much space that I couldn't help myself. It's coming back nicely and should be it's monster self again by next April...




With all that said, I've decided to complicate my life attempting to clone the crap out of my Turbo Pube. I haven't gone whole hog yet, just two cuttings as an experiment for now to see if they'll take. So far they've kept leaves, but no roots yet. The cuttings have been at it for well over a week. I put one longer cutting in water with rooting hormone, the other, smaller one is in a Root Riot plug in a shot glass. The long bamboo shoot looking cutting was a blank stick with a couple dry nodes on it that I took from the afore mentioned Orange Thai. That one, though it isn't showing any roots yet either, is surprising me with vigorous growth. Sorry for the mushy shot.





Now, only months after the last kidlet has moved out and on, I find myself complicating my life with more dependents....



#1591008 chili con carne advice

Posted by stettoman on 01 November 2018 - 04:07 PM

Some of the best chili i ever made was pork chili verde but i can see how it would have problems in a cook off. Lots of people cant get past the green baby vomit color. :D Flavor though is off the charts with grilled country style ribs cut into cubes. Really lean pork belly/side works well too.

A-a-a-a-nd we have a WINNAH!!

I love red, ground beef, chunky cubed beef, venison, moose, loon, beans, no beans, white, turkey, chicken, any but *eeyaghuh* vegetarian, but pork green chili? Gets it's own PLANET, man. It's just one of those flavors you can't untaste....

#1590943 chili con carne advice

Posted by stettoman on 01 November 2018 - 09:59 AM

Yeah that stuff is called hot dog chili when it's the regular grind... goes great on dogs! No so much in a bowl.



Cincinatti Chili, that's what goes on hot dogs...perhaps seenyor Scoveel would agree.....

#1590767 Pepper People are the Best

Posted by stettoman on 31 October 2018 - 11:44 AM

Thanks for the beautiful fall card and seeds Eric. Makes my 2019 even more difficult to plan



Least I can do, Matt! If you remember, you introduced me to the PDreadies and my first Rocotos, a couple of my favorites.


Those Big Jims hung like bunches of bananas even with the low maintenance grow, you should get a great crop. My test germ was 100% (5 out of 5).

#1589288 What will you be growing next season?

Posted by stettoman on 24 October 2018 - 12:16 PM

I'm going Rocoto-heavy next season. I'd like to clone a small army of Turbo Pubes and Aji Oros, to plant in a no-till section of the 8th acre.


I always do Anaheims, likely sticking to Big Jims like I did this last season. They fruited like bananas, and have the best hint of heat I've tasted in any of the Anaheim varieties. Other Anuums will be chosen at the appropriate time. The Moruga Welder opened my stuffing pepper world with Antep Aci Dolma and Antake, they'll be taking the place of the obligatory Bell...


I overwinter Aji Amarillos and Aji Mangos and have added about 10 Rocoto varieties as an overwinter experiment. After the initial shock where my Rocotos lost all their leaves, they are all coming back gangbusters...


I did have an initial infestation of aphids on one Aji Oro right after I brought it in, but after a quick treatment with Pyrethrins I haven't seen a bug one....

#1588974 How do you clone?

Posted by stettoman on 22 October 2018 - 10:09 AM




A topic like this wouldn't hurt my feelings to be stickified. I'm hoping to grow a number of Rocotos this next season and they don't seem to germinate from seed as readily up here as the other subspecies, I'm wondering if a cloning effort might actually have a better result than trying to get those little black buggers to go....

#1588324 Buncha Malarky 2018 edition

Posted by stettoman on 19 October 2018 - 10:32 AM

If you're able I'd maybe try an experiment with your looong season plants.

try a 5ga and a 10 ga and see if their is a difference in yield. You could even clone one of your OW's for the project.

I think confining the plant to a smaller container may be the way to force a harvest rather than getting bigger and bigger plants...with more green pods. 


A green house would probably help out a lot. especially if you had some passive/active heat source.

This Fall came too cold too soon here as well



I do have two Rocoto Rojos and two Peruvian Reds in my overwinter harem, so that experiment should be an easy one to try. Last year I grew a Rocoto Amarillo in a 5 gallon grow bag and one in the 8th acre. I did observe that the Rocotos have a tendency to sprawl a bit if left untrained. The bagged plant didn't achieve the size, but if I remember, the harvests were close, maybe because I brought the bagged one in so the it could finish ripening up.


The Darlin' Bride & I are negotiating for terms on location of a greenhouse. I have a really strong argument in favor of attachment to a permanent structure, namely the house...Electricity could be easily managed  without stringing drop cords across the lawn....


Yeah, Fall. We're having a string of really nice days now, high 50s to 70....Except EVERY night suffers a hard freeze.