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Wanted: Interesting tomatoes

13 April 2018 - 08:15 PM

I am after some interesting tomatoes to do some breeding work with.  I am willing to pay.


I am looking for:


   A yellow micro dwarf (such as Micro Gemma) or any colour micro dwarf other than red

   Variegated leaf such as or  http://www.tradewind...ed-tomato-seeds

   'Stick' (Cabbage 2 gene) such as http://www.victoryse...mato_stick.html

   Angora leaf eg Angora super sweet or  Velvet red http://www.tradewind...ed-tomato-seeds


It is autumn here, so there is no rush on this.  If anyone has anything similar to these and is willing to send me some seeds let me know!

cold tolerance capsicum pubescens

11 May 2017 - 05:16 AM

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?


How productive are your plants?

05 May 2017 - 11:30 PM

Does anyone count how many pods they got from a seed grown plant in one season?  If so, would you be so kind as to share the variety name and the number of pods please? 


I know that different growing conditions will alter this number, but I have seen seed sellers list the same variety with number of pods ranging from "around 30" to "300+" and thought that getting numbers from people who have actually grown the plants could be a good baseline for home growers.







Why prune for over wintering?

30 April 2017 - 05:10 AM

Why do people prune their chilli plants prior to overwintering?  Is it simply to make them easier to handle and due to the fact that space is an issue?  Or is there more to it?


I have overwintered a few plants, some several times, I never bothered (or knew) to prune and it seemed to work.  Those plants are getting rather large now and I am thinking of pruning to free up some space and because the frost has damaged them a bit.  This got me wondering, is there more to pruning than conserving space?  Does it help them survive better, or help them come back stronger, or something? 



How to dehydrate?

29 April 2017 - 12:30 AM

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.