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#1582544 First harvest and my pods have holes?

Posted by Hafners on 17 September 2018 - 10:49 PM

Bugs.... Had the same problem the last few years. Used Thuricide (bacilllus thuringiensis) this year, no bugs. It's biological warfare on bugs, google it. Getting rid of weeds and keeping the surrounding grass short, and not overwatering helps cut down on bug infestations.

#1559134 Time to start over

Posted by Hafners on 10 June 2018 - 12:04 PM

I haven't updated in quite a while, I know. Pretty busy with work this summer, and can't add more pics til I upgrade my membership.

I got fed up with the orange have not producing so I ripped them out to give the Thai's more room, and they are doing great, producing an average of twelve peppers per week. Out of the 20 plants I started indoors , I lost two completely due to strong winds, never did find the plants, lol. One has a broken stem and had to be staked, but its still holding on. The bells, jalapenos, and Thais are already producing pods, besides the fact that the jalapeños had pods on them already when they were still in the Styrofoam cups under the grow lights.

#1558113 Big leaves: a good thing, or na?

Posted by Hafners on 05 June 2018 - 06:28 PM

My indoor plants start out with huge leaves, but as the plants get bigger the leaves get smaller and way more numerous. As the lower large leaves get shaded, they drop of the plants. Pretty normal for indoors under lights, its the plants morphogenesis to produce enough photosynthesis until more leaves can develop.

#1550722 Young Plant in a Big Pot - Bad Idea?

Posted by Hafners on 03 May 2018 - 09:52 PM

In my experience they do spend more time in root development, but once the roots are developed the growth is explosive. If you plan to grow them out in pots I don't see anything wrong with transplanting before they get root bound. Less transplant shock that way, just expect to not see any noticeable vegetative growth for a while. After all, that's how they grow in nature.

#1539915 Are Bonnie Mucho Nacho a stable hybrid?

Posted by Hafners on 24 March 2018 - 09:53 AM

I tried growing out seeds saved from mucho Nacho's and they didn't even resemble peppers, they looked like a nightshade berry. Don't know how, but maybe mine did cross pollinate with a hairy nightshade plant from the overgrown weeds along the creek nearby.

#1538972 Large or small mesh pots for DWC?

Posted by Hafners on 19 March 2018 - 09:09 PM

Mostly affects stability, more hydroton means more stability for larger plants. For short stalky plants a 4 inch would be fine, but for 3 ft tall plants you would want 6 or 8 inch, and may still have to rig up supports for heavy producing plants. They don't restrict root growth if that's your concern.

#1538702 Orange Habanero?

Posted by Hafners on 18 March 2018 - 06:54 PM

This new pod has me thinking its an unstable cross.


#1537762 Any idea why this is happening? (PICS INSIDE)

Posted by Hafners on 14 March 2018 - 10:08 PM

Looks like you could use some airflow on them. A small fan should help.

#1536392 Grow or bloom fert. for blooming hot peppers

Posted by Hafners on 09 March 2018 - 08:04 PM

Currently using Botanicare cns17 bloom, and my plants seem to like it, peppers are growing and ripening quickly, between two plants I'm harvesting about a dozen peppers every week now.

#1535020 Budget LED fixture-Please help ASAP!

Posted by Hafners on 05 March 2018 - 07:18 PM

The best par/spectrum form the dollar that I've found so far is the kingbo 300 on amazon. $76 and covers a 3x3 area drawining 120 watts.

#1534355 paper cups?

Posted by Hafners on 03 March 2018 - 10:17 PM

Couldn't get small plastic cups in this little town, but the Styrofoam coffee cups are working fine. Sitting on an 85f heating pad INA 75f cabinet I'm getting soil temps around 70-73f.

Thanks for the advice everyone, I already have some happy seedlings.

#1530955 Time to start over

Posted by Hafners on 24 February 2018 - 04:35 PM

Built a seedling cabinet today, to keep them safe from the cats. Built mostly from recycled lumber, so its not pretty, but its functional.



#1530346 Some kind of wild growing in Hawaii

Posted by Hafners on 22 February 2018 - 06:16 PM

Out of curiosity, how did you know?

The shape and color of the fruit, growing in clusters, and the blunted points on the flowers. Plus I let a plant grow out last summer only to realize it was hairy nightshade after the fruit stayed pea sized.

#1530337 Some kind of wild growing in Hawaii

Posted by Hafners on 22 February 2018 - 05:58 PM

The flowers look like an anuum, but the fruit look like nightshade, quite similar to hairy nightshade. If the fruit doesn't get much bigger, I'd tear the plants out, nightshade can be quite poisonous until ripe, and some varieties stay poisonous.

#1530015 hand watering indoor grow tent?

Posted by Hafners on 21 February 2018 - 07:37 PM

I only have 4 plants in a 3 x 3, so I went with drip rings and gravity feed them from a 5 gallon bucket. Each drip ring has its own shutoff valve so I can shut them down as stood as there's runoff and not flood the tent. Drip stakes would probably be simpler if you have a lot of smaller pots to water though.