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Cut Worms! Arghhhh!

23 April 2018 - 02:46 PM

A cut worm claimed one of my seedlings.  :tear:




This is the first time I've run into cut worms that I can remember.


Since the damage was done, I started rooting around the area with my trowel, and found this guy...




Let's just say it's now an EX cut worm


Up until now, I hadn't found the need to buy diatomaceous earth.  But it's on my shopping list now.


Satsuma from Seeds

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.

How are Hybrids so Consistent?

19 February 2018 - 07:00 PM

I don’t understand exactly how commercial seed companies are able to produce such consistency in their hybrid seeds.

I understand how dominant and recessive gene traits work, but I’m missing something about how they are able to take two different parent plants, and come up with the same children every time.

I believe there are 12 gene pairs in peppers.  Shouldn’t there be more variation due to the various ways those 12 genes can be randomly combined?

If I take a Jalapeño and a Bell Pepper, and cross them 10 different times, won’t I come up with 10 slightly different peppers with various combinations of the parent’s traits?

Indian Green Chili Peppers

06 October 2017 - 12:37 PM

In the context of Indian food, I often see "green chili peppers" as an ingredient.  What kind of peppers are these?


The Great Google Oracle is giving me answers all over the place, anywhere from an Anaheim Chili Pepper to a Bhut Jolokia.


What are some of the common green chili peppers used in Indian cooking?  I'd like to try to grow a few.

Oops! A Stray Cayenne Slipped into my Laundry

07 August 2017 - 05:07 PM

Uh Oh!

When I was taking a load of laundry out of the washing machine, I saw a stray cayenne pepper had found it's way in.  It was mostly in two big pieces, but the seeds are mixed in with my laundry, as well as any Capsaicinoid that was leached out by the detergent.

I took out the big pieces, and threw everything in the dryer.  I guess I'll find out what happens.  :P