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#1561843 How long till fresh peppers?

Posted by AndyW on Today, 05:51 PM

I had a reaper flower a ton for about a month before any pods set, and I had a habanero set almost every flower and had pods at almost mature size within a month. It can definitely vary.

#1561313 Exotics

Posted by AndyW on 19 June 2018 - 11:16 PM

I have 4 dragonfruit cacti growing. Is yours red-fleshed? The white-fleshed are more bland in flavor. They're an awesome plant, and grow larger than one would expect in small amount of soil.
**Edit: You know those lil' columnar cactus plants with the brightly colored round cacti grafted on top you see at Home Depot/Lowes and nurseries? Those are grafted onto dragon fruit! Cut the colored ball off and it will start growing new dragonfruit branches and will eventually fruit. Super cheap way to start a dragonfruit plant... unfortunately you won't know what flesh color it is until you harvest.

I may have to try that out since I accidentally abandoned the sprouts I got from seed. Seems cheaper to get starts that way too since drsgonfruit here can be $5-6 each

#1561261 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by AndyW on 19 June 2018 - 08:01 PM

How were they

Can't believe how big some of the plants are around here...

PG is awfully quiet .... hmmmm, where's the funk?

Seems like Panama according to his glog.

#1561160 Black Cobra / Goat's Weed Ripening Progression

Posted by AndyW on 19 June 2018 - 01:55 PM

Huh, reminds me a lot of my unknown black prince cross. Maybe it was a goat's weed cross.


Different foliage though

#1561018 Pods are getting ready

Posted by AndyW on 18 June 2018 - 08:01 PM

Seems like whoever you had design the logo did some borrowing from the internet.

#1560987 When and how far?

Posted by AndyW on 18 June 2018 - 06:07 PM

Just moving them away from each other won't ensure that they won't cross-pollinate. You'd want to use some kind of mesh to keep pollinators out for a branch or full plant.

Personally, I'd just isolate a couple flowers on each to save seed from. You can do individual flowers with glue.

#1560569 Free Steak Sauce...for a price...

Posted by AndyW on 16 June 2018 - 11:53 PM

I personally don't think it needs the A1 level of "battery acid", but it could use a bit more of a bite in my opinion. I definitely think it'd do well without the straight acid of A1. Maybe somewhere in the middle with a bit more heat? I think the sweetness may balance out more with more acidity and heat too. It's less "savory" than most but I could see it working. I'm definitely no expert though, since I really only use steak sauce for a couple of things.

(I did try it out yesterday on a burger though and the sweetness wasn't as cutting as on just meat. It worked a bit better there I think)

#1559870 Free Steak Sauce...for a price...

Posted by AndyW on 13 June 2018 - 08:40 PM

AndyW, can you explain more about why it was too much for your brother? Thanks.

He said the taste reminded him of sweet pickles. Though, he used a lot on a small piece of steak so he may have just had too much sauce.

#1559830 Free Steak Sauce...for a price...

Posted by AndyW on 13 June 2018 - 04:14 PM

Full disclosure, I had some doubts trying it just by itself. However, not many sane people just eat straight steak sauce, so I figured I'd actually try it on some steak.

It's definitely much sweeter in comparison to the more savory flavor of A1. I was afraid it may be too sweet or vinegar-y, but boy was I wrong. It's a lot less "aggressive" than a normal steak sauce, but I see that as a good thing.

Positives: much less aggressive, you can taste the meat. It has a nice sweetness to it and it's a nice change from something like A1. The consistency is also spot on.

Criticisms: the sweetness and tang are good, but were a bit much for my brother, who also sampled it. Also, maybe this is just me, but I couldn't really feel any heat in the sauce.

In all, I actually really liked it as a steak sauce. I don't use steak sauce often on steak, but I'll definitely have to hit some pork chops with it some time.

#1559694 Free Steak Sauce...for a price...

Posted by AndyW on 12 June 2018 - 10:16 PM

I got mine in the mail today. It's definitely interesting. I can give some more in-depth feedback here or in pm tomorrow since I plan on cooking up some steaks.

#1559268 Is this a Chinense or NOT?

Posted by AndyW on 11 June 2018 - 03:34 AM

Definitely pepper plants. So depending on what you meant by capsicum, yes. 

Whoops, didn't see the part about the reaper. Also just saw the reply above after typing that out. Definitely looks like a chinense. It'll be hard to tell the specific variety before pods are put out, but it seems promising.

#1559266 Different baccatum

Posted by AndyW on 11 June 2018 - 03:29 AM

I meant more like plants with value *as* ornamentals vs strictly ornamental varieties. My bad. 

#1559261 Different baccatum

Posted by AndyW on 11 June 2018 - 02:17 AM

Might i humbly suggest selecting for delicious pods or robust plants or high yields, instead of cute foliage?


While that's a good suggestion, I feel like ornamentals have value too. For example, I wouldn't top a fountain full of plants with a reaper plant, but something like a black pearl or aji omnicolor may fit

#1559260 Aji Lemondrop x Burning Bush Habanero (Baccatum x Chinense)

Posted by AndyW on 11 June 2018 - 02:13 AM

Those are some nice looking pods! Definitely looking forward to seeing the final outcome of this cross.

#1558994 Best cheap soil(or mixture) from retail stores for containers?

Posted by AndyW on 09 June 2018 - 08:13 PM


I don't need screen. The dirt doesn't come out.


I'll wait and see about watering. I did mess up and need an opinion though.. I didn't add any water when mixing.


Not sure what to do. Pull like half out of the bucket and wet it, then the other half? Just plant in totally dry and water normally?


Thanks so much man. Really, I probably wouldn't be doing this if you didn't join in. I definitely wouldn't have mixed my own completely.


I'd personally take the plant out (if it's in) and mix and wet the media. In my experience, peat refuses to hold water if it hasn't been wetted properly.