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Mr. West

Member Since 11 Jun 2018
Offline Last Active Apr 22 2019 08:09 PM

#1627815 First time starting spinach

Posted by Mr. West on 22 April 2019 - 08:03 PM

Mine grew to fill the cups. I planted out in a fallow patch, and they did well for a week or two before succumbing to bugs or neglect. I did harvest and eat some. The kale and collards have yielded more.

#1624796 Worst Pepper

Posted by Mr. West on 08 April 2019 - 11:46 AM

How you don't like tabasco?

#1624779 Harvest

Posted by Mr. West on 08 April 2019 - 10:19 AM

bottom right is supposed to be bonda mahala... ?

2 to the left are bonda ma jacques


#1624625 7 Pots & Scotch Bonnets (2018- )

Posted by Mr. West on 07 April 2019 - 01:18 PM


Great to see you with all the ripening peppers West. I'm sure it's good to reach payout after all the quality work you did. 


That Primo from the other day was particularly nice - did you eat that one whole?


I'm working on them. Building up some tolerance. Not ready to go super saiyan yet.  :mouthonfire: So, that one is still in the fridge.

#1624613 Airpots inside of airpots?

Posted by Mr. West on 07 April 2019 - 12:13 PM

Really thoughtful reply, thanks Mr West!


Would you clarify, please? First you said that you use 1 gallon smart pots then you later said that 1L to 12L are approximately the same sizes you use.


Also, do you use the fabric pots outside? Everything I grew outside in airpots the roots completely ate all the medium and there was nothing to hold water after that. Eventually, it was just like pouring water through the roots. This even happened with manzano rojo in a 20L airpot.


That's basically my last pot-up from 1L to "5 gal" which is really about 3.6 (12 L ~ 3.17 gal).


Last season, I had some 18" plants outside in the 1 gal fabric pots. 

#1624608 7 Pots & Scotch Bonnets (2018- )

Posted by Mr. West on 07 April 2019 - 11:51 AM

Another harvest today. Red and orange barrackpore, 2 devil's tongue, and goats.


#1624455 Harvest

Posted by Mr. West on 06 April 2019 - 02:33 PM

devil's tongue, bbg7 large (supposed to be yellow), barrackpore (red and orange/yellow), bahamian goat, dorset naga,  primo, sb moa, 7 pot yellow


#1624438 Planting by the moon?

Posted by Mr. West on 06 April 2019 - 12:23 PM

The new moon is waxing. The apogee was on April 1.

So, theoretically, the influence of the moon's gravity is at a minimum.

Plants' fluids are drawn down into the soil. Above ground portion has less water content than usual.

Today, I pruned several of my in-ground plants. Coincidentally, I think it's a good time for it that is good for pruning to encourage new growth. There are also recommended days for pruning to retard growth.

Also, I have a lot of ripe pods. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, produce harvested during this time is more binnable ( has a longer shelf-life). Harvests during the full moon have more water content and higher weight, but are more prone to rot.

#1624435 Airpots inside of airpots?

Posted by Mr. West on 06 April 2019 - 12:00 PM

i looked into this a while ago... the canna forums seem to be the main resource for this topic. 

Among the contributors to those forums, the general consensus seems to be "do a regular repot during transplant".


Personally, I agree. I use 1 gallon smart pots. I considered the nesting pot transplant idea, because I saw some roots coming out of the bottom of my smart pots. Ultimately, I decided to do a regular pot-up. There was little to no transplant shock, and the occasion gave me an opportunity to observe the roots and inoculate/fertilize them effectively.

I were you, I would take the weekend and do it. Or try to streamline your process so it only takes a day. The bowl method works pretty well.


In favor of the alternative:


I watched a video that was smart pots with coco/hydroton on an ebb & flow with roots trailing down into the grooves of the tank.


There are many ways to grow, and it comes down to trail and error experimentation. You may be able to find different ways to make this idea advantageous. For example, maybe it will make it easier for you to water them an appropriate amount after transplanting. 1L to 12L are approximately the same sizes I use.


I like skullbiker's idea of root pruning the outside of the 1L to overwinter them. I've heard of doing a similar thing for in-ground plants. Maybe it was in pepperguru's overwintering guide.


I know roots will grow through fabric pots, but I sort of don't like the idea of having a pot inside a pot.

It's like peat pots, how they sometimes have root problems and don't transition very well. Maybe if they have optimum growing condiitons with a dialed-in environment and watering/fertilization.


Also, internationalfish mentioned that it might affect the way the water and air [percolates?] through the soil. It makes sense that there would be some effect. Though, I'm sure there is no research on this. If you decide to do this, I probably wouldn't fertilize the inner pot heavily, because of the risk of over fertilization or salt buildup/nutrient lockout. If your plant is in a pot inside another larger pot, then you don't want to have to flush the soil.

#1623963 7 Pots & Scotch Bonnets (2018- )

Posted by Mr. West on 03 April 2019 - 04:50 PM



#1623523 7 Pots & Scotch Bonnets (2018- )

Posted by Mr. West on 01 April 2019 - 09:11 AM

Today it's 2 Boatman Bonnets

solo cup > 1 gal. smart pots

I didn't incorporate the ewc into these.

I just top-dressed the fertilizer after watering in with half strength fish and seaweed formula.

I inoculated them the same and used the same potting mix blend. 

I'm going to mulch with bark and sphagnum too.

#1623492 7 Pots & Scotch Bonnets (2018- )

Posted by Mr. West on 01 April 2019 - 05:45 AM

Yesterday, I potted up 10 seedlings from half pints to 1 L foam cups. 

3 Peach Bhut, 2 Beth Boyd, 2 Alan Boatman, Schneider Farms, BOC x Brain Strain, BOC
The media is approximately half burpee premium organic growing mix and the other half is reused organic potting mixes which were about 50/50 amended with perlite. Also, I added worm castings to the planting holes and misted them in, shaped the hole deeper and with firmer walls, then repeated. Because the media was not wet enough to hold together, moistening it with ewc makes it more shapable. It also serves to wet the area immediately surrounding the transplants' roots so that I didn't have to water-in immediately. Also, the castings provide slow-release N and much like compost, cause the soil to retain moisture. 
Basically, they got the same treatment as the Scotch Brains I potted up to a half gallon. Except, that one had ewc mixed into the backfill soil. Also, it was watered-in and got orchid bark around the crown. Some growers do this with bonchi, having the shallow/exposed roots splayed out across a rock and all that. I just want to keep the tillers healthy and anchored in the soil. I used a garden tie to stabilize and fasten it to the pot's edge. I was not meaning to repot like this, but the roots were long. 
I've also heard of burying plants stalks deep, in order to grow adventitious lateral roots. I haven't tried that much, because I don't want to risk pathogens. I like to let the topsoil dry out, but I might lightly mist this one until the roots take hold. Then I'll probably mound more organic matter around the rootball.
I'm pretty happy with the root development at the time of this pot up. It's the first inoculation for these, other than AACT.

#1623418 Harvest

Posted by Mr. West on 31 March 2019 - 04:55 PM

7 pot yellow


#1623404 Harvest

Posted by Mr. West on 31 March 2019 - 03:48 PM

Devil's Tongue


#1623403 7 Pots & Scotch Bonnets (2018- )

Posted by Mr. West on 31 March 2019 - 03:47 PM

Here's a Scotch Brains from a solo cup to a half gallon pot.


knocked media off the roots


misted them


inoculated with mykos wp