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#1583679 European Seed train...

Posted by Mitzi on 24 September 2018 - 08:53 AM

UK will not be in the EU next year so this may be the last year we can participate; eek!  (I voted Remain; does that help?)

#1582993 Lets see your meanest, most gnarly pods!!!

Posted by Mitzi on 20 September 2018 - 10:35 AM

I am completely in awe of all these beautiful, ugly, scary, exciting, gnarly pods.  Can anyone spare a few seeds for next season?   :halo:

#1582780 European Seed train...

Posted by Mitzi on 19 September 2018 - 08:13 AM

Yes please!  England.


N.B.  In the last two years, scotsbonnet has been the last UK person on the train so has had the expense of international postage whereas the rest of us just paid domestic prices.  If you wanted to change it round so someone else (I suppose I am volunteering by posting this...) then it might be more fair.  And yes i do realise that a lot of seed train participants are the only ones in their country, so have to pay it all every year, but I think our international postage prices are higher than a lot of other countries.

#1572020 Aji White Fantasy - how do I know when it's ripe

Posted by Mitzi on 30 July 2018 - 07:11 AM

Pick one and cut it open, check if seeds are mature?

Eat it?

I tried this yesterday.  The seeds weren't mature.  It didn't taste of anything.  So obviously it wasn't ripe. 


What I need to know is how to identify if they are ripe BEFORE picking them, because once I've picked them and cut them open then it's too late to ripen them further.

#1571271 Greetings from Prague, Czech Republic

Posted by Mitzi on 27 July 2018 - 08:44 AM

Welcome from England!

#1529904 Hello from Teddington, UK!

Posted by Mitzi on 21 February 2018 - 01:05 PM

Something in the back of my mind is saying Teddington Lock is the limit of the tidal river Thames.  Is that right or did I muddle it up? 


Anyway, welcome, from Yorkshire.

#1528535 Deformed leaves

Posted by Mitzi on 16 February 2018 - 01:56 PM

These are some of my other plants:



#1528525 Deformed leaves

Posted by Mitzi on 16 February 2018 - 01:15 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions.  Yes there is some algae; it formed on the peat Jiffy 7 pellets which were probably kept a bit too damp.  When I potted them up into the Biobizz Light Mix it hitched a ride.  However, this is the case with all of my seedlings and not just these particular ones.  I definitely haven't overwatered since potting them up, they have had very little water which has drained through and been emptied out, then the compost left to dry out between waterings. 


All my seedlings have been treated exactly the same and all the rest of them look healthy and "normal".  They are in the same compost, watered with the same water, under the same lights, everything exactly the same.  The only plants that are like this are the Brazilian Ghosts which makes me think the cause is seed-borne and not environmental.  No one in the house smokes.  The suggestion of a tobacco mosaic type virus is the kind of thing I am worried about because I don't want my other plants to "catch" something from these, if it is a virus.  I have a few aphids on the plants now, but there weren't any when the deformed leaves started to form; the plants were free of pests at that stage.


The seeds came from the European Seed Train on this forum but there is no username against them so I don't know who put them in the train, otherwise I would ask them.

#1522443 Seeds last longer than I thought

Posted by Mitzi on 29 January 2018 - 11:39 AM

Storage conditions have a lot to do with it, too.

#1522436 Deformed leaves

Posted by Mitzi on 29 January 2018 - 11:27 AM

Leaf twisting happens a lot with super hots and rapid growth indoors....water, nutes, lighting can all be an issue.


Usually they grow out of it....agree to cut back on watering.


Thanks for this.  Perhaps it's just a reaction to being potted up.  It just seemed strange that no other varieties are affected and they all have identical conditions.

#1522434 Deformed leaves

Posted by Mitzi on 29 January 2018 - 11:24 AM

Could be overly wet soil and also too much watering, change your watering habits to let the soil dry some before watering again.


Thanks for the suggestion but I'm pretty sure they're not waterlogged.  After potting up, I watered them in then didn't water at all until the pots felt light.  They are in what will become self-watering pots but at present there is no water in the reservoir because I am aware of the risk of waterlogging.  The root growth looks healthy, for the size of the plant - roots just starting to hit the sides of the container.

#1521031 Too many strains, how to choose?

Posted by Mitzi on 25 January 2018 - 08:10 AM

If you don't yet know what you will like then start with one of each "type" e.g. one scotch bonnet, one habanero, one bhut, one thai, one indian etc.  Unless you already know you are very fond of e.g. bonnets, then there's no point in growing every type of bonnet under the sun if that will stop you growing other types of chillies.  Try a mix of colours, too, because they do taste different.


1 litre pots are very small; I'd go bigger if you possibly can.  Having said that, I did get over 20 pods off my CGN 21500 last year, which was in a pop bottle SWP; it started as a 2 litre bottle then cut in half so the plant can only be 1 litre or less.  You need to keep on top of feeding and watering more with small pots because they dry out quicker, hence my use of SWP (self-watering pots.)

#1517565 LAND OF THE GIANTS 2017 - Biggest Bonnet Competition

Posted by Mitzi on 12 January 2018 - 07:02 AM

Is there going to be a 2018 contest?! I'm starting some scotch bonnets today.


I think the competition is normally for a different type of pepper each year.  Not sure whether there is one for 2018.

#1505500 European Seed train...

Posted by Mitzi on 17 November 2017 - 06:20 AM

I have taken the last couple of CAP 334.


The train has departed this station; next stop Scotland!


Tracking number GK710275689GB



#1505129 European Seed train...

Posted by Mitzi on 14 November 2017 - 05:03 PM

Received today.

I have added CGN 21500, Aji Omnicolor, Sugar Rush Peach and Aji Jobito x BBG7. The latter are from pods I received from Trident, he said it was ok to share them.

Now how to decide which to take????

I can't get to a post office tomorrow so I will send it on Thursday or Friday.