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An interesting mystery...for me

19 April 2017 - 04:57 PM

PaulG very kindly sent me a large assortment of aji Amarillo seed way back last November, and I planted a bunch from two different baggies, one marked F5 and one marked aji Amarillo Peruvian 2015.


Two of the plants that grew out of the aji Amarillo Peruvian I do not believe are, and I didn't get real suspicious until blossoms opened. I PMed Paul and he has no idea, so you guys get to take a stab at it.


The suspect:




Note that this plant is producing WAY more flowers than any of the amarillos, and the flower stems droop significantly:




The blossoms themselves are half the size of amarillos and bear no petal artwork whatsoever. Also the obvious: Purple on the inside. PaulG thinks a cross, perhaps a Bhut-Jolokia, me? This is my first exotic grow, guys... :high: I'd have to make it up....






Oh, and like I told PaulG, my apologies for the camera work. We can't all be Geonerd or Dragonsfire or Pepper-guru or JHP or......  :violin:


But thanks for any input!!

Mutant Monsters From Peru....

02 April 2017 - 09:02 AM

It was suggested in my glog that I post a shot of this here, perhaps someone has insight.


I have a number of aji amarillos, three of them I allowed to set pods ( I'm in zone 3, dirt day is 2 months off) to see if they'd do well. Well, they are, though not proliferantly. Two of the plants each have 4-5 pods, with more blossoms setting, but these two in particular each has one of these:




I've had bell peppers do this on occasion, develop a "Siamese twin", but I have no clue what causes it. 


Any input/guesses/funny captions are welcome....



Aerating the back 40

22 February 2017 - 12:26 PM

I've bragged/complained about the primordial ooze in my 8th acre garden, it is a fine, high-organic silt, jet black and when wet you WILL lose a shoe in it.


I haven't really done much, added 20-year composted turkey shit one year, threw a couple 60 lb. bags of sand at the low end with the hope of lowering viscosity and increasing drainage (this soil will hold water for just about ever). The sand was pretty much overwhelmed before it had a chance to do anything beneficial. That's how fine and rich this stuff is.


This year, what with all the various manner of peppers going into that dirt, I'm considering improving drainage with either perlite or peat. I could use a little helpful input. YES, I've had good harvests with anaheims and the aji lemon drops I've grown, but they started out very very slow, as if the shock of a denser medium stopped the mechanism to grow and proliferate. I wonder if better aeration could improve on the harvests I now get.


The black ooze is approximately 12 to 18 inches deep before hitting a solid and much deeper floor of pure clay, hard enough that I can't get a spade more than a couple inches into at a full swing, obviously adding to the retaining quality of my muck.


So, thoughts?



Fert/Water question

13 February 2017 - 11:24 AM

I keep two 1 gallon jugs in the grow room, one simple purified water and the other the same, but with a quarter teaspoon of CNS-17 3-1-2 solution.

I'm getting the idea that storing water that's loaded, even just slightly, might not be the best. The inside of the jug with the CNS is a light shade of green and the water feels "slick" between my fingers. I'm obviously growing a culture in there.

So it's best to mix what I need, when I need it, or is a little biological matter ok for watering?

You Guys Made Me Do It!!

11 February 2017 - 12:27 PM

Copyright infringement? Heh,  ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ, boys and girls,  ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ...


Besides, imitation is the best form of flattery, and this site deserves a BOOK be compiled!!




My first entry is related to an intense current craving.




Next though, I'm going after the Throwdown threads! BWA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! And yes, I'm attributing...