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#1631822 Hardening Off Pepper Plants

Posted by DontPanic on 14 May 2019 - 12:16 AM

Cover that box with visqueen, slap a space heater and a fan in there, and you'll have a decent outdoor cold-frame mini-greenhouse next year.  :)

#1631767 Cold snap leaves turned white

Posted by DontPanic on 13 May 2019 - 06:07 PM

They'll probably bounce back as long as they didn't get too heavy of a frost.  I have several "accidental" over-wintered plants that saw a great deal of weather in the 30s this winter.  I was expecting them to die during the winter, but they're coming along OK now.


But the damaged leaves will probably all drop, and the plant will need to grow new ones.  So it's definitely a setback.


Your plants would have been further along if you'd have kept them out of these temperatures.

#1631713 2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

Posted by DontPanic on 13 May 2019 - 10:47 AM

I sure wish it would quit raining.



The weather forecast looks really good for the next week.  You may get your wish if the forecast holds up.

#1631637 Did I F up?

Posted by DontPanic on 13 May 2019 - 12:06 AM

Based on my experience, it won't kill them, but it might slow them down for a few days.


All-in-all, it's probably not the worst thing that could happen.

#1631298 Stump Peppers

Posted by DontPanic on 10 May 2019 - 06:56 PM

Things haven't been progressing as fast as I would have hoped.


It's been a month since my last post, and the progress has been hit and miss.


The plot of seedlings is coming along slow.  It's in a very shady spot, and the night-time temperatures have been somewhat cool.  They're also getting decimated by bugs.




Here's a close-up of some of the bug damage.




I'm more rigorous about keeping after the pests in my planned beds.  But in this spontaneous, in-ground spot, I'm reluctant to nuke the entire area with some sort of bug-killer.


Of the seedlings I transplanted out of the in-ground patch of stump peppers, the progress has been all over the place. A few quickly became big enough to transplant, and are doing pretty well:




A few more look healthy, and are just now getting big enough to transplant:




I've already thrown out a few, and many of the remaining transplants are coming along slow.  Perhaps my rough method of transplanting these seedlings caused more damage than I thought.




I'm still really enjoying playing around with these peppers, but I've been surprised with the attrition.  If I do this again, I may not worry as much about preserving the original bed, and I'll just dig in deep to get better transplants.


I'm a little perplexed by the wide difference in progress.  I think there's something causing some of these plants to grow so slowly, but I haven't nailed down any theory yet.


#1630323 Need info on this brand so I can make a copy of the same mix.

Posted by DontPanic on 05 May 2019 - 04:54 PM

do I need to add some lime to counter the acidity?


In general, pepper plants like it slightly acidic.


I wouldn't add lime to a potting mix for pepper plants unless I knew I had a special problem, such as overly acidic well water, or something like that.

#1630030 What do y'all do with your volunteer plants?

Posted by DontPanic on 03 May 2019 - 07:41 PM

My neighbor works in the kitchen at a senior care facility.  This provides her with an awesome stream of kitchen cuttings for her mulch pile.


Along with mountains of iced tea and coffee grinds, she gets a ton of kitchen scraps.


Her mulch pile kicks my mulch pile's ass!


Around this time of year, it's pretty normal for the fresh tomato scraps to produce tomato volunteers boiling up out of her mulch pile.


I grew them out 2 years ago, and actually got a few tomatoes out of these plants before the summer heat hit.


I just assumed these commercially grown tomatoes would not produce fruit in the next generation, but they actually did OK (for my part of the country).

#1629701 What do y'all do with your volunteer plants?

Posted by DontPanic on 02 May 2019 - 10:30 AM

The volunteers fascinate me.


I had a really mild winter, so I even have a few Chinense volunteers.


I have a spot where I threw most of my damaged and/or over-ripe peppers, and it began to explode with peppers also.


Like you said, my volunteers are way behind the seedlings I started indoors.


I already have a crowded plant-out area, so I have to be selective about any volunteers that pop up in my beds.


I'm going to pot-up about 6 or 8 of them, and I have one spot where I'm going to let them go, and see how they do.


I'm having a lot of fun with my volunteers, but I think many of these domesticated varieties have become reliant on us to really produce well.

#1629293 Walchit 2019

Posted by DontPanic on 29 April 2019 - 10:33 PM

I use coffee filters (easy to write on also).


I depress the coffee filters into normal, ceramic coffee cups, otherwise, all I have to do is walk by and they blow all over the place.

#1629266 2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

Posted by DontPanic on 29 April 2019 - 07:39 PM

These beans will make a nice shade cover over tomato row if I encourage it. Anybody think a beanstalk ceiling can offer enough cooling to make the maters happier in the hubs of hell heat of the summer?


Diminishing the mid-day heat is only half the problem down here.


If those beans can do something about the hot, humid nights, then you're on to something.

#1628797 BrandonB's 2019 glog!!

Posted by DontPanic on 27 April 2019 - 02:33 PM

It seems like I'm wrong more often than I'm right, but that damage looks old.


Are you seeing fresh damage nearly every day?

#1628485 I need your prayers!

Posted by DontPanic on 25 April 2019 - 10:54 PM

One pepper...


to rule them ALL!



#1627132 Sta-Green potting mix- don't do it!

Posted by DontPanic on 19 April 2019 - 12:18 PM

I wanted to resurrect this thread to add my name to the list of people recommending you stay away from this potting soil for pepper plants.


I bought a bag of this at Lowe's last January.  They didn't have a large selection of potting mixes at that point.




I've had fits with pepper plants damping off using this potting soil, even when I bottom water.  It handles rain extremely poorly, which makes it problematic in my part of the country.


But I think I've also been served up a bigger problem.


Although nothing stands out in the large-print analysis on the back of the bag.,..




I skipped a closer look at the fine print of ingredients.




Maybe people in other parts of the country get a different set of ingredients, but this one has LIME!


Some plants like a slightly alkaline soil, but peppers suffer nutrient lock-out in alkaline soil.  And most of my plants have been showing symptoms.


Growth has been very slow, and many leaves have been turning slightly yellow.


I don't have a good excuse for overlooking the lime.  That's an un-forced error on my part.


But at least I can share my mistake with other people here on THP.

#1625088 Stump Peppers

Posted by DontPanic on 09 April 2019 - 05:46 PM

I've had a lot of nights with temperatures in the 40s.  Everything seems healthy enough, but very little progress until the night time temperatures began to warm up.


Here's a picture from a few days ago (4/5):




A few have really big leaves, leading me to speculate there are some Chinense or Baccutums in there.




I replanted a bunch of seedlings into starter pots.  Since I have 60-80 seedlings in this little spot, it really didn't even thin it out much.


In order to avoid disturbing the soil too much, I just plucked them out.  Some came out perfectly OK.




Some others suffered a bit.




Since I have so many seedlings, I wasn't too worried about mangling a few.  I still got enough seedlings from this plot, and I didn't have to disturb the soil hardly at all.

#1624127 2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

Posted by DontPanic on 04 April 2019 - 04:24 PM

Here is something to think about when the lightening storm is happening.


Talk about your Franken-Peppers!  :)


I hope the people in the Grow-Down-Throw-Down don't run across this.  It might start to get really dangerous.