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Mr. West

Member Since 11 Jun 2018
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Insect frass

16 January 2019 - 05:12 PM

Thinking about ordering some frass to boost my plants immune system with the chitin and beneficials.

Seeking input, experiential knowledge, anecdotal evidence, etc.

I was also considering azamax, just to have it on hand. Break glass in case of infestation.

All this in anticipation of putting my plants outside. Want to be prepared with some preventative and some cure.

Q&A section says you can add the frass to a "mature" AACT after 18 hours. (Apparently, it releases ammonia which can harm "young" micro organisms.)

Right now my fertilizer plan is aact and top dressing with compost tea solids and worm castings.

I also have fish & seaweed liquid feed 2-3-1 and hi-brix molasses.

Plants are in burpee premium organic potting mix .12-.12-.12

First time starting spinach

21 November 2018 - 04:52 AM

I just germinated Bloomsdale Long Standing spinach. I soaked 36 seeds for about a day, and used paper towel method in bag. I have 12 already sprouted in seed cells with organic potting mix. 5 more that germinated later have been moved from the paper towel to cups. The rest of the attempted seeds were discarded.

Synchronized ripening

09 October 2018 - 06:20 PM

How do you get your plants to ripen all of their pods at the same time? I usually harvest a few pods at a time as they color up, leaving the green ones to finish. Now that I've started many types of plants from seed (indoors), I want to achieve the consistent uniform ripening I've seen on vendor sites and from experienced members here with a "photo finish".
Are there determinate varieties that are bred for harvesting in one go instead of continuous picking, like tomatoes?
I've heard of topping to create an even canopy and a larger harvest. Also, late season pruning to focus the plant's energy on mature pods. Leafing, as is done with grapes, provides fruit with more light exposure affecting color.
I understand that peppers cycle between leaf/shoot growth and flower/fruit set. Pods take a certain amount of time to develop and ripen. It follows that unanimous ripening is dependent upon flowers forming fruit within the same relative window.

Datil way off pheno

12 September 2018 - 02:47 PM

I topped this plant several times before allowing it to set fruit. Less than a foot tall; about 4 months old.
The plant is from seed: F3 sweet datil. At the time of harvest, I wasn't growing anything but datils. Where I live, there's practically zero chance it was cross-pollinated.
The flowers were unusually large. One or two others pollinated, but i removed one and the other senesced because this pod was already ballooning.
So, am I correct in my assessment that the size & shape of this pod are a result of delayed fruiting?

7 Pots & Scotch Bonnets (2018- )

30 July 2018 - 12:48 PM

I just received 11 cultivars I ordered from White Hot Peppers:

7 pot yellow
7 pot primo yellow
7 pot barrackpore yellow
7 pot bubblegum yellow
7 pot yellow x 7 pot douglah
Scotch Brains
Scotch Bonnet MOA
Scotch Bonnet TFM
Bonda ma jacques
Bahamian goat

I also received 7 different seed packets as free gifts with my order:

7 Pot Bubblegum Yellow (Small)
Bonda Mahala
Scotch Brains (7 Pot pheno)
Funky Yellow
Dorset Naga Yellow
Devil's Tongue Yellow
Scotch Bonnet Jamaican Long

I'm germinating 2 of each in a 36 cell seed starting tray. The media is 2 parts MG seed starting potting mix plus 1 part perlite and 1 part vermiculite all hydrated with collected rainwater.