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#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.

#1605723 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by stettoman on 15 January 2019 - 12:21 PM

Ah, soon the wailing, the gnashing of teeth, the damping off, the failed helmet removal attempts....


...maybe a Spring fawn, wandering through, looking for something tender, young and sweet to nibble...


Just one. Missed. Watering.


One. Nute. Too many.


Gotta love the smell of the first few weeks of competition!!

#1605721 Share Indoor Pubescens Experiences

Posted by stettoman on 15 January 2019 - 12:09 PM

30% seems crazy dry for a pepper to set fruit! Pretty awesome!
Are those typical Pubescens leaves there or is something going on with this plant?

30% is high for this time of year where I'm at, and yes, it's dry. We go through it every winter. Then in summer we deal with 70 to 99%. It's a cyclic extreme we try to adapt to. I've burned out enough humidifiers AND dehumidifiers to just give up and deal with it.


The leaves are young, these are relatively new growth from "trunk" nodes, I'm sure this plant is, in it's way, having issues with what phase it's in. All my plants under artificial light have smaller leaves and many flowers. You think the Peruvian has a lot, you should see the Giant yellow...


Pubes in basement.jpg


These girls, especially the basement residents, are taking water like crazy, every second to third day one or another is in need of a good drink. I've cooled it on the nutes, was feeding either fish gut soup or CNS17 every few weeks, but stopped in mid December.


I also have an Aji Amarillo, Aji Mango and a Large Orange Thai residing in south facing windows. They are behaving better than the Pubes, no new blossoms, no spontaneous hypergrowth, but no leave drop either. Just a nice, somber, dormant sleep....

#1605683 Share Indoor Pubescens Experiences

Posted by stettoman on 15 January 2019 - 09:50 AM

Exactly 30% here.

Here is my Peruvian Red, a cellar dweller until a few days ago, proliferating the bloom. Like Matt I've been manipulating pollen, it's a shame to waste pretty flowers like this, no?


#1605527 Share Indoor Pubescens Experiences

Posted by stettoman on 14 January 2019 - 07:30 PM

I'm overwintering a HERD of Rocotos, so far I know they like natural short day window light more than store-bought, they flower like crazy under stress (aforementioned store bought light) but I only have two errant (unintentional) pods resulting. The plants under artificial 12/12 lighting @ 70°F are losing leaves slowly, but not showing other signs of impending demise. I think they're ready for some natural light. Those plants are not losing leaves and look healthy, though dormant.

I'm not a horticulturalist, don't task me, but what else can I tell you?

#1605475 planter size?

Posted by stettoman on 14 January 2019 - 04:19 PM

It's funny, but being a paint contractor and having a garage and tool shed FULL of used 5 gallon buckets, I've never used one as a planter. I tried 1 and 5 gallon poly bags a couple seasons ago and did ok with them, and I have a few 10-15 gallon tree planters that came with...uh...trees, that I haven't had the guts nor the dirt $$ to fill. I'm planning to try a few fabric planters this year, I hear good things about them...



#1605448 Guru's Garden - Traveling the World in Search of Peppers

Posted by stettoman on 14 January 2019 - 02:49 PM

Wow, those islands sure follow the shape of what looks like the outer ridge of a dinosaur-killing meteor crater, don't they....


I got nothin' Rich. They all look like fun. I loved the hills around Ocho Rios, but a lot of those folks there scared the shit outta me....Then again, northwest Haiti was spooky and cool, and the locals were great at pointing out who to avoid.....That's as far out as this old guy has gotten yet, and the Darlin' Bride sez no more gallavantin' for me until I take her to Cabo Wabo and introduce her to Sammy.....

#1605357 Anyone have extra seeds/varietys?

Posted by stettoman on 14 January 2019 - 09:40 AM

Where did you get your bags?




I personally don't give a rat's ass if I plant an unintended cross, my harvest goals aren't so specific. I divulge the fact of any seed I have to share as open pollinated as a courtesy to those who might have a care.

#1605197 Anyone have extra seeds/varietys?

Posted by stettoman on 13 January 2019 - 08:01 PM

I don't offer seeds BECAUSE my plants are close-quartered and open pollinated. But if someone asks, and they know my particalers, I'll certainly send some mystery seeds.

I've taken a cue from Guru this year and purchased a couple dozen isolation bags, so I should have true seeds this year...maybe, if I remember to use those bags....

#1604569 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by stettoman on 11 January 2019 - 09:17 AM


When was this?  I dated a gal from F.H. when I first moved to Az, about 13 years ago.


1990 to 2002...Joe Arpaio's house was a block down the street from us.  


I didn't grow anything back then, but one of the guys I jammed with in Mesa had a high tunnel in his back yard full of tropical hots--He gave me my first taste of Aji Amarillo....

#1604410 Leaf Edges Turning Up

Posted by stettoman on 10 January 2019 - 05:15 PM

You sound just like me, two years ago....


I don't remember what caused it, a shortage or an overabundance of some semi-pronounceable nutrient, but I do remember that as long as I didn't panic it would turn out good.


My plants tend to have a love-hate relationship with store bought sunlight too, but....



#1604372 Chokecherry, maybe rhubarb too...

Posted by stettoman on 10 January 2019 - 12:07 PM

montrachet yeast will take care of that mix just fine! All my homebrew tasted like hooch though. 

with the exception of my elderberry wine and my rhubarb wine.


if you want homebrew that doesn't taste like hooch, the prepackaged "kits" of grape juice that are ready made for fermenting are where its at.

and you really do get what you pay for when it comes to the juice.


good luck


Joy of Homewine Making -pretty standard book for homegrown fruits



Oooooh MAN!! I just tested SG--.998, which means it's ready for a racking.


No hooch here, Matt! Tastes like a really dry merlot with a Bazooka Joe finish. I don't think I'm going to do any sweetening either, this is good stuff! And it hasn't even been bottled and aged!


Thanks for the link, there are so many damn books out there, it's hard to sort through 'em all.

#1604369 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by stettoman on 10 January 2019 - 11:54 AM

100F & diesel...





Dammit, wadda I gotta do, buy you guys books? Kerosene KEROSENE KEROSENE KEROSENE!!!!!!

#1604163 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by stettoman on 09 January 2019 - 10:09 AM

Any way that I can get in on this?  



'Ey Ben, you get fixed up?

#1603971 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by stettoman on 08 January 2019 - 10:39 AM

For clarification, on your seed packs, I'f Im sprouting a seed labeled F7, is the plant that will result also F7 and you've already accounted for it via the labeling, or am I effectively growing the F8 once sprouted?



Before one can be three, be two, before be five be four.....uh, right? 


Without going back through the thread, Paul sent me F7 seeds as well, and as I understood, they came from F6 pods.....