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In Topic: Chiltepin cross

14 August 2018 - 10:23 PM

Last year I crossed Cumari Pollux with Aji lemon drop, Aji Amarillo, Aji Ahuachapan.

I wonder why wild types have dominant genes. Do you have any articles to link that would explain that?


people looking to create really novel hybrids often search for "land-race" or naturalized varieties of plants because they typically have a higher amount of genetic diversity compared to typical hybrids.  they may have different growth habits, appearance, secondary compounds or  other traits that you simply wouldn't find in a domesticated plant. what happens when too much hybridization occurs is that over time we as breeders tend to inadvertently or deliberately select for certain traits and the plants become less genetically variable and certain traits all but disappear. you cant recover these traits because all similar varieties or crossing partners have been been bred similarly and the just aren't prevalent. there is a lot of information online and in libraries about plant breeding and its hard to summarize in a paragraph. some of it can get quite complex and require thousands and thousands of crosses and diligent selection and culling to reach a particular breeding goal.

In Topic: A Matter of Taste: Capsaicinoid Diversity in Chile Peppers and the Importance...

11 August 2018 - 07:22 PM

excellent read. 

In Topic: Compact LED grow lamp

05 August 2018 - 08:51 AM

I used 25x Cree XLamp MHD-E LEDs - got them as samples from Cree (so a nice price!). They have some newer similar units now with higher output, etc. Really a matter of how big a power supply is practical.


Another 'if I did it again': as KAOS mentions in http://thehotpepper....n-led-growlight, I think I would change to either 5000 K (or maybe even 4000 K LEDs). It appears not to be as simple as red vs. blue...


I grew all my pepper starts this year under 3500k cree cxb 3590 s your spectrum is probably too much blue

In Topic: B.A. Kratky Hydroponic Method - Float Valve Buckets & Fill-and-Forget Totes

02 August 2018 - 05:44 PM

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I have not encountered that.  Here are two Scotch Bonnet plants where branches collapsed under the weight of the pods.  I had 250-300 pods on each plant.


There is a lot of dubious information about peppers in hydroponics and I suspect that a lot of it comes from people trying to grow them like that one other skunky plant that people like so much. I had a kratky ghost pepper at my desk at work that produced hot plentiful pods until it got a bad spider mite infestation. Absolutely no issues with growing whatsoever. 

In Topic: Hesi coco 1-component fertilizer for coco growing

30 July 2018 - 11:53 PM

We might have somekind of problem with Hesi coco+rainwater in our hands:



Yesterday i noticed few of the pods have developed this kind of thing in the Aji cristal plant, looks kind of like BER/brownish stain, but the spot doesn't feel soft to me.


All the other test subjects doesn't seems to have this problem in the pods as of yet, so who knows what caused these stains on the few pods, but i hope it is not actually BER as that would be kind of rare thing for me in coco coir growing. However if this Hesi coco doesn't work all that well with rainwater after all, i got one or two interesting a+b products to test next year to find me a replacement for the costly floramicro/floramato combo.


Picked out the first harvest out of the Hot paper lantern:



They might not be fully ripe as of yet, but nothing a few days indoor ripening wont fix. Did taste the smallest one and the taste was fine, kind of slighly fruity bell pepper sort of taste with some heat.


And what is with the Hesi coco having next to nothing algae in the container, but the Ghe one have line of algae growing in the container that i have used all summer to mix the nutrients:



Hesi must be using some kind of anti-algae stuff in the coco fertilizer and i have also ran out of usable rainwater, so it is time to use the tapwater for a while that i correct around 6 ph range using the Canna organic ph down fluid.


sodium benzoate is typically added to fertilizers to keep them free of bacterial growth.