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#1543865 Fake Pepper X seeds missing

Posted by DontPanic on 09 April 2018 - 12:26 AM

So the latest one is the reaper has been beaten... by the reaper. They upped the average SHU rating on the record and called it a new record.


The King is Dead!  Long Live the King!

#1543539 Just started seeds in paper towels, should I use a light or heating mat?

Posted by DontPanic on 08 April 2018 - 12:05 AM

Eventually, the seedling needs to discard the seed casing.  That part is good.


When it discards the seed casing, it should unfurl two starter leaves called cotyledons.


If the cotyledons get stuck in the seed casing, and are torn off the seedling, then that seedling is going to have big problems.


So, if the two cotyledon starter leaves are still on the seedling, you're still in good shape.  But if you don't see the cotyledons, then your assessment may be correct.


#1543364 pepper with protected name (POD) (PGI) (AOC)

Posted by DontPanic on 07 April 2018 - 04:32 PM

The Seed Saver Exchange site is interesting.  I hadn't run across it before.


Thanks for the link!


#1543100 pepper with protected name (POD) (PGI) (AOC)

Posted by DontPanic on 06 April 2018 - 04:50 PM

Could we, for example, start a seed train to share these seeds?  :shh:

#1542782 Satsuma from Seeds

Posted by DontPanic on 05 April 2018 - 12:18 PM

I know you don't typically grow citrus trees from seed.  Most are grafted onto a root stock for another plant.


But I can't resist trying.  :)




I got this seed from some Satsuma's growing on a friend's Owari Satsuma tree.  Out of about eight Satsuma's, I only found two seeds, and this is the only one that's germinated so far.


I've tried this before several years ago with some Clementines from WalMart.  I could get the tree to grow up to about 8-10 feet high after a few years, but the tree never produced any flowers.


I've heard somewhere that most seeds you try to save from commercially produced citrus will either not germinate at all, or grow into a sterile tree.


I'm slightly more optimistic about the Satsuma since it's a niche citrus fruit that was brought over from Japan about 100 years ago, and is typically only found on the Gulf Coast.


The Satsuma tastes a lot like a Tangerine or a Clementine, and can handle a moderate freeze.  Most Satsuma trees will handle a 28 degree freeze just fine without any extra protection, and sometimes even lower.  The Satsuma tree that I got these seeds from is protected from the direct brunt of a strong Northern wind, but otherwise the owner doesn't do anything else to protect the tree, and we've had several nights in the low 20s this year.

#1542591 First time building a... (Suggestions)

Posted by DontPanic on 04 April 2018 - 04:05 PM

I just improvised for my raised beds.


Somebody left this section of corrugated plastic pipe in the green strip next to my house.




After it sat there for about a year and a half, I had an inspiration to utilize it for sections of raised beds.




This way I can move them to another location if necessary.

#1542292 Garden of Heatin 2018

Posted by DontPanic on 03 April 2018 - 05:15 PM

Pity about the snow storm.

I'm thinking about firing up the A/C down here. :)

#1539773 Are Bonnie Mucho Nacho a stable hybrid?

Posted by DontPanic on 23 March 2018 - 06:13 PM

The more I learn about commercial hybrids, the less interested I become about harvesting their seeds.

Don't get me wrong, a commercial hybrid plant will often be a robust and prolific plant. Many gardeners and commercial growers find this to be a compelling attribute. I have a few hybrids myself that I will be growing this year.

But the commercial seed producers don't really want you to harvest their seeds. They want you to come back and buy them again next year. If they can, they will try to make the harvested seeds unattractive in various manners.

Given the effort I put into harvesting seeds and growing them out in the following years, I don't want to waste too much time on seeds that are often designed to cause problems when you try to grow them out. There's such a wide variety of open-pollinated pepper varieties out there, why spend time on seeds that often aren't supposed to grow right.

#1538163 Growing Next to Wifi Router

Posted by DontPanic on 16 March 2018 - 07:08 PM

Make sure you WiFi router is only set for "Stun", and not for "Kill".

#1537880 Garden of Heatin 2018

Posted by DontPanic on 15 March 2018 - 12:20 PM

At first glance, the seed pod in the Rocoto Reisen looked like a miniature brain.

I'll bet the Zombies would love that pepper!

#1537570 Seed battle royal/ germ test

Posted by DontPanic on 14 March 2018 - 10:27 AM


I'd seen people mentioning a soak in Chamomile tea, but haven't tried it yet. Chamomile tea has officially gotten my attention! :)

#1531247 How are Hybrids so Consistent?

Posted by DontPanic on 25 February 2018 - 05:18 PM

As a secondary question to above - I keep reading about dominant and recessive gene, is it from the male or female part of the flower? Or can it be controlled by by pollinating the male/female part of the flower? What I mean is, I have a prolific fruiting plant, let's say BHUT JOLOKIA BLACK, that I want to have as the dominant gene and cross it with TRINIDAD SCORPION CHOCOLATE to infuse the better production? So, is it pollen (Male) from the Bhut to the pistil (Female) of the Trinidad or Trinidad pollen to the pistil of the Bhut? Or does it matter?


To elaborate a little on Dane's response, for those traits controlled by the nDNA, you can't change the relationship regarding which gene is dominant, and which gene is recessive.  Whenever the recessive trait is the desirable trait, the game is to get both pairs of genes to carry the recessive gene.  If either or both genes carry the dominant gene, the plant will exhibit the dominant trait.

#1530019 Seed starting system using plastic water bottles

Posted by DontPanic on 21 February 2018 - 07:47 PM

You've got me inspired.

I've got a creek running through my back yard that is always full of trash. I feel the need to grow some peppers and herbs in Genuine Three Mile Creek Trash ™!

#1529603 How are Hybrids so Consistent?

Posted by DontPanic on 19 February 2018 - 11:31 PM

Thanks. I think Im beginning to see.

I was confused because I knew at least a few of the traits that are typically advertised must be recessive (just based on the laws of probability). But, if you have two specially cultivated parent lines with similar recessive genes where necessary, and only a handful of carefully selected recessive/dominant genes (carefully split between the parents), you can maintain the necessary recessive traits while still sprinkling in enough other recessive traits to throw succeeding generations into chaos as long as one parent has an off-setting dominant trait to stabilize the f1 generation.

#1528079 How much to trim off after winter?

Posted by DontPanic on 15 February 2018 - 01:20 AM

I want to see some pictures of how this thing looked at night with those Christmas lights blazing.