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In Topic: The Pest Guide

Yesterday, 10:49 PM

Wow! Those guys sound persistent.

I'll count myself lucky that I can manage my ground rodents with red pepper for now. I hope I'm not simply getting them immune to peppers. :)

In Topic: Can I Germinate Them?

18 June 2018 - 05:25 PM

It's definitely worth a try. You'll have better luck if the Habanero is open-pollinated as opposed to being a hybrid. There's no way to tell just by looking at the pepper.

If you're worried about fungus/mold, soak the seeds overnight in diluted hydrogen peroxide solution (maybe ~1 teaspoon per cup). Other people soak the seeds in Camomile tea to kill the fungus, and condition the seeds.

Since it is now mid-June, you may have trouble growing these to the point of producing pods in the time remaining in your season. You may want to dry out a few of these seeds and save them for next year.

Have fun and Good Luck!

In Topic: The Pest Guide

17 June 2018 - 01:55 PM

Went through quite a few pages and surprised I didnt see rats. Did see chipmunks but not squirrels or rats.
Theyve been the bane of my grows for 10 plus years.
This year Im trying some of the newer electronic devices that do multi frequency high pitched sound.
Tried the powder / granule repellant and I think they like it so much they probably roll in it to scratch their backs.

Pest Report

Pest name Small Rodents, Squirrels/Rats

Threat level: 3
Location:world wide
Control: Chemical
Biological Control: Organic
Prevention:Electronic Control: ultrasonic (untested but Ill report back in a week or two)
Damage caused:eat pods and leaves, usually taking a single bite of each almost ripe pod.


For squirrels, I've been having some luck simply sprinkling/broadcasting crushed red pepper around the base of my plants.  The crushed red pepper does seem to lose its effectiveness after it's been watered or rained on, so I have to re-apply.


As long as I have a relatively fresh application of pepper, I've had good results.  But, the strength wears off.


What kind of damage do rats inflict?

In Topic: Best cheap soil(or mixture) from retail stores for containers?

16 June 2018 - 05:14 PM

I've become cautious about using Seven Dust when the plant is already producing fruit/pods.

I'm not familiar with the MG Organic Pesticide, but the Seven Dust is supposed to have a waiting period before you can harvest the pods after application (according to their own directions). It makes me very reluctant to use Seven Dust whenever the plants are fruiting.

It's inconvenient if the pods get ripe during the waiting period. And it creeps me out to put something on my food that's bad for me if I consume it before some arbitrary waiting period elapses.

In Topic: Different pod genetics

15 June 2018 - 03:59 PM

If you have a plant that is giving you pod shapes that are all over the place, and you save seeds from that plant, you'll most likely have pod shapes that are all over the place in future generations.

In this case, you're actually genetically selecting for a plant that gives inconsistent pod shapes.