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Mustangfreak

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#1577996 I have wasps/yellow jackets in my plants

Posted by Mustangfreak on 27 August 2018 - 07:16 AM

Are your wasps aggressive? I've got a bunch out in my garden and these guys are efficient terminators of garden evil doers. They buzz all around doing their thing but never menace me.

 

I haven't been stung yet by these guys, but I also don't want to see how much they will tolerate me going into MY plants to harvest peppers. :lol:




#1576899 I have wasps/yellow jackets in my plants

Posted by Mustangfreak on 21 August 2018 - 03:22 PM

 
there isn't anything specific that kills wasps without preserving beneficial insects. so...suck it up and be careful. maybe put some wasp traps near your plants? its irrational and over-reactive fears that leads consumers to dump pesticides around their houses and in their gardens. not to mention individual consumers tend to not follow label directions. imagine all of your neighbors are spraying their lawns and gardens... combined that equals a lot of pollution and off target effects. these pesticides wash into rivers and streams and do significant damage to the small organism food webs in rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries. all so someone can keep their precious lawns or roses alive the lazy way. so please try to take the least harmful path and if you've decided to spray realize that you are spraying your FOOD prior to harvest which I don't think is ever recommended. pyrethrins are going to be less harmful and persistent than something like bayer 3 in 1 but they still require radiation from the sunlight over days to weeks to break down.


My wasp killer spray is just water and dawn dish soap.


#1567183 I think my pepper plants are doing well!

Posted by Mustangfreak on 11 July 2018 - 08:59 AM

Hi everyone, I just wanted to post a few pics of my plants at work that we've been growing for just over 100 days now. 

 

Our Chocolate Habaneros and Medusa Hybrids

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Yellow Devil's Tongue and Peruvian Purples

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We've had 3 harvests already, once a week, and they don't show any signs of slowing down. Should I prune them at all? If so, how (first time grower)? Do you think the Habs and DTs will grow any bigger?




#1558269 My Habaneros have some kind of fungus maybe?

Posted by Mustangfreak on 06 June 2018 - 12:46 PM

 

If you don't kill them before then, yes :D

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In seriousness, you have a tremendously long growing season.  Focus on getting them growing optimally, and they'll do just fine.  Could you post some pics of what the plants look like, as well as the beds?  It might aid in giving recommendations...

 

First pic, Chinese Five Color

Second pic, Aji Omnicolor

 

The bed for these peppers is not sitting on concrete, so they get less water from us, and they are in natural shade in the afternoon since they are on the east side of the building. 

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#1558267 My Habaneros have some kind of fungus maybe?

Posted by Mustangfreak on 06 June 2018 - 12:44 PM

 

If you don't kill them before then, yes :D

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In seriousness, you have a tremendously long growing season.  Focus on getting them growing optimally, and they'll do just fine.  Could you post some pics of what the plants look like, as well as the beds?  It might aid in giving recommendations...

Sure, I'll acutally post pics of all of our pepper plants. We have 2 plants per species.

 

First pic, On the left, Yellow Devils Tongue, and Peruvan Purples on the right. 

Second pic, on the left, chocolate habanero, and medusa hybrids behind the shade (we didn't know that these are tiny pepper plants)

 

Second post coming with more pics.

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#1558252 My Habaneros have some kind of fungus maybe?

Posted by Mustangfreak on 06 June 2018 - 11:58 AM

On an unrelated note...  Why are you fertilizing with 18/18/21 weekly?  That's a ridiculously high NPK ratio to be feeding on a weekly basis...  And it's really not a great ratio for peppers.  For a simple strategy, suggest that you try a balanced fert, with a number more like 10-10-10, and feed it about once every 6-8 weeks.

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Daily watering is bad.  They don't need that much water.  In fact, the way it's raining here now, you probably don't need to water them at all.  A heavy top dress of mulch, and back off the watering.  That would be my first recommendation.  I'm not sure if it's related to the rot, but to rule it out, you really should get on some sort of orthodox feed/water routine.

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I have a bed of Cherry peppers that is about 10" deep, but the mix in them sits right on top of good ol' Florida soil (read: sand, as the planters are bottomless)  This will drain much faster than your mix on top of concrete.  However, I put about 5-6" of mulch on top, in the form of yard clippings.  I have not watered them yet this season.  Your Chinense peppers need even less water.  And slow release ferts don't wash out that fast...

That's what my boss picked up, its the miracle grow for veggies and peppers. I'll reduce the fertilizing and look for some triple 10. 

 

Thanks for the info guys! We're just winging it and hoping for the best. Will these still produce good peppers later this season since they are over watered and fertilized?




#1558203 Hello all

Posted by Mustangfreak on 06 June 2018 - 07:20 AM

Hi everyone, I'm Corey. I'm a novice pepper enthusiast, who's growing hot peppers at work. I'm excited to get into this hobby and see if I can build up a tolerance to the heat! :D