I would buy online but I prefer to support/encourage home seed savers. If someone has bought some of these they will likely have extra seeds as a pack of 20 seeds is not often all planted, I could buy extras off them which saves both of us some money. Also, few places will post to Australia.
To me it looks like fasciation, it can be caused by damage or it can be genetic. Some varieties are always fasciated, 'reisetomate' is an example of this. In most varieties though fasciation in flowers just pop up from time to time and is usually due to minor damage.
Let us know if all the flowers look odd and if it keeps happening, or if it was a once off. No matter what the cause, it will not have any real impact on the taste.
I have grown them under artificial lights once before and they did ok. The lack of true leaves is worrying, I am not sure what else to suggest.
I should also warn you that if you ever buy strawberry seed to be very careful and only buy from people that you trust. There are HEAPS of people selling seeds through ebay and online that do not exist. Also, do some research to ensure that any seeds you buy actually exist.
I have grown plenty of strawberries from seed, it is not overly difficult. Yours look leggy, I don't think they are getting enough light. Give them more light (but don't cook them) and they should push out some true leaves.
I keep hearing how C pubescens is the most cold tolerant capsicum species. Just how tolerant is it?
We had a frost the other night where the temp went down to about -4C (~24 F), my C pubescens appears to be the hardest hit and has lost most of its leaves. I have a few C annuum and C baccatum that were not burned too bad and a large C chinese that was hardly burned at all.
Will the pubescens likely survive but just drop leaves? Or have I been unlucky and happen to grow the one that is not very cold tolerant?
Winter is on its way in Australia. I plan to eat fresh as much as possible, but there are some things I probably won't get through and would hate to waste them. We have already had two frosts with more to come, so I need to pick all of my chillies and thought dehydrating them is the way to go. I have never dehydrated chillies before so would love some advice from people who know what they are doing.
I have a cheap dehydrator, I don't know the brand but it only has an on and off button. Do I dehydrate them whole, or do I put a cut in the side, or do I completely remove the seeds? I have Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, aji pineapple, space chillies, omnicolor, and probably a few others.
If I put super hots in a dehydrator are there going to be fumes that may irritate my kids? Should I set up the dehydrator in the garage to prevent this? Should I use baking paper or something to stop the dehydrator trays from being covered in capsaicin? Any advice is welcome.
I can't say that mine were overly sweet, they were quite crunchy. They grew plenty of large chillies that work well in a stir fry. My kids like them, but I think that is mostly because they are 'space chillies'.
For a few years I have been growing cuttings by poking them in styrofoam floating on an aquarium. It seems very similar to a bubble cloner and has given me excellent results. It has bubbles for high oxygen, the water is warm, plus it has nutrients from the fish.
Some companion planting works well, some is just wishful thinking, and some works in some areas but not in others. It kind of depends on what pest or disease is involved.
Outdoors I use marigolds as a barrier around my garden. Not sure if it's just one of those old wives tales, but it seems to work to keep the furry little critters out. I had no sign of anything munching on my plants. They kinda put off that skunky scent, maybe it's a natural deterrent.... or my pitbull running around kept them away...
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For example marigolds are often mentioned in companion planting books for reducing nematodes. In the northern hemisphere it is meant to work rather well. In Australia we have completely different nematode species and unfortunately the marigolds have no effect upon them.
Nitrogen helps leaves grow. Planting nodulating legumes such as beans near leaf crops works well as the legumes sequester nitrogen from the atmosphere and make it available to the leaf crop.
I don't want (or need) any seeds, but I wanted to say what a great thing to do! I have had a few bad things happen lately and have been feeling rather down. Seeing you make an offer like this helps. Keep up the great work.