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#1560976 Can I Germinate Them?

Posted by DontPanic on 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!

#1560501 Best cheap soil(or mixture) from retail stores for containers?

Posted by DontPanic on 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.

#1560280 Different pod genetics

Posted by DontPanic on 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.

#1559658 Sawyer '18 – Back from the Void

Posted by DontPanic on 12 June 2018 - 07:51 PM

The Original Ghosts, Mystery Jalapeños, and Fudge arrived Monday.


Thanks for all your generosity and effort on these.




Everything looks like it made it in good condition.  I was worried about them sitting in a hot warehouse somewhere, but it looks like they made it just fine.


There's more plants in there than it looks like.  I broke these four bundles of pepper seedlings up into 10 pots.  I could have broken them out even further, but it is already more than I need at this point in the year.


The fudge is really good.  The mixture of heat and sweetness is unique.  Did I detect some Orange flavor in that batch?  It also tasted alittle like caramel, but maybe that was the vanilla flavoring? The consistency was fine, pretty much exactly what I'd expect for fudge.  As an added benefit, you can probably count on the kids leaving it alone.  :)


I know it's late in the year to be working with seedlings, but my first freeze isn't typically until the end of November or beginning of December, so I should still have time to get a harvest in the fall.


Thanks again for everything!

#1558425 Scotch Brain Probably

Posted by DontPanic on 07 June 2018 - 10:11 AM

Please be advised "yellow mushroom peppers" come in two species, C. annuum (Jamaican Yellow Mushroom) and C. chinense (Jamaican Yellow Mushroom Pepper). How many fruit per node is this plant exibitng?


I followed the links you supplied.  I wonder if these two vendors are really talking about the same pepper, only one calls it an Annuum, and the other calls it a Chinense.  It looks like they both just cut-and-pasted the same description with some minor variations.


I've seen other THP members speculate and debate about whether the Jamaican Yellow Mushroom is a Annuum or a Chinense.


Are multiple peppers per node a definitive characteristic of a Chinense?


I've seen some people say they look at the Calyx to identify the pepper, but I'm not sure what differences they are looking for.


Other people draw conclusions by looking at the shape of the flower.


I've been growing Jamaican Yellow Mushrooms for a few years now from seeds that came from Jamaican Yellow Mushroom peppers bought at a farmers market.  I was thinking it was a Chinense, based on the similarity to photos provided by Jamaican Yellow Mushroom seed vendors on the Internet.


I suppose it really doesn't matter too much whether it's a Chinense or an Annuum.  It grows well in my climate, and I like the flavor.  That's what really matters.

#1554938 Squirrels

Posted by DontPanic on 22 May 2018 - 05:20 PM

Can you get some of those exploding ink packets like banks put inside stacks of bills to identify bank robbers?

It may not fix the problem, but it might at least give you a level of satisfaction. :)

#1553956 Will red gazing ball make peppas hotter?

Posted by DontPanic on 18 May 2018 - 02:23 PM

Just stay away from playing any Jazz music for them!


That'll just make 'em cooler!

#1553598 KingLeerUK 2018 GLOG

Posted by DontPanic on 16 May 2018 - 08:45 PM

Neat!  I like following Glogs from other people in hot, humid climates.


I can't offer any feedback on pot size, but I see several peppers that have me curious.


I've been wondering how Rocotos and Aleppo peppers would do in a hot, humid climate.


And I see you have several of the Lindberg peppers.  For some reason, I always like peppers with a story behind them.


Good Luck this year!  I'll be curious to follow along.


#1552403 Aphids

Posted by DontPanic on 10 May 2018 - 03:14 PM


Here's a site I find myself referring to often in my gardening that may help answer some of your questions.  It's a fairly concise compendium of garden pests, how to identify, what to do to eradicate and how to prevent.  It's a great reference for beginner gardeners and experienced gardeners alike.




The company is actually collecting data for a future app that could, potentially, warn of future outbreaks, based on the reports they've received and environmental conditions in that region.  It's kind of a neat idea.  It's a huge undertaking and I hope they actually get the app up and running.


That's a really useful link.  You should add it to "The Pest Guide" topic in this forum.



#1552212 2018 cone9 " 'bout time glog time"

Posted by DontPanic on 09 May 2018 - 06:50 PM

Thanks! Aside from the Aji Jobito, I've had trouble finding commercial vendors carrying these seeds.

#1551954 Bhuter's 2018 Glog

Posted by DontPanic on 08 May 2018 - 05:10 PM

That PeachGum looks interesting.


The PeachGum peppers shown on Mojo's site are crazy looking.  I can't wait to see if your peppers turn out looking like those.

#1551741 Bonnie Golden Ghost

Posted by DontPanic on 07 May 2018 - 07:12 PM

at Wally-world?  Seriously?  Wow, I want one (or two, or five).


As a bonus, WalMart includes a generous free helping of aphids.  Enough for your whole garden!  :P

#1551239 Mystery pepper

Posted by DontPanic on 06 May 2018 - 12:15 AM

A "Super Annuum"?!?

We'll have to make sure it gets a tiny red cape. :)

#1551110 Transplant shock

Posted by DontPanic on 05 May 2018 - 03:41 PM

All the professional horticulturists that I've heard render an opinion on this topic recommend that you shouldn't be afraid to mangle that root ball.

They are usually talking with respect to nursery plants, so it may be a different matter if you're transplanting a pepper that doesn't have a well developed root ball yet.

#1550566 Give up planting peppers in-ground?

Posted by DontPanic on 03 May 2018 - 08:51 AM

Living in the South, it was funny to read about all the people going with pots so they could have warmer soil.

For me, one of the advantages of growing in the ground is keeping things a little cooler. I'm sure the warmth is fine, but the heat evaporates the water so quickly in pots (in my growing zone).