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#1594016 I need help please! too limp

Posted by Hafners on 18 November 2018 - 05:24 PM

My way..... Cut peeled potatoes into fry shapes, soak in cold salt water for an hour, and drain thoroughly. Deep fry for 3-4 minutes, drain thoroughly and allow to cool completely. Then, fry them again til golden brown. I usually fry them for 2 minutes then drain and freeze them for quick French fries that beat store bought frozen fries. We have two big potato farms that grow potatoes for McD's within an hour drive of me, so after they harvest a field there's lots of potatoes laying on the surface that the machines miss, and anybody is free to go pick them up. So I have access to literally hundreds of pounds of free Burbank russets. I've made a lot of fries.....

#1593272 Any tips for oven as dehydrator?

Posted by Hafners on 13 November 2018 - 08:16 PM

Important tip, be very careful when opening the door to check on your superhots, it's kinda like getting pepper sprayed.....

#1586776 Need help what’s wrong with my plants

Posted by Hafners on 11 October 2018 - 09:11 PM

Looks like edema, which is hard to control in hydro. If you have a non contact infrared thermometer, you can check leaf surface temps, which should be lower than the ambient temp, if they're higher you definitely need more air circulation.

Also, what are you nutrient temps like?

#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.