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The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards Winners Announced!


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#1450855 Flavours of the Caribbean (Mainly)

Posted by PaulG on Yesterday, 06:08 PM

Oh, man. 


Gotta make jam...gotta make jam....gotta make jam....

#1450827 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by PaulG on Yesterday, 04:30 PM

Just a little teaser to prompt some smack talk.

Y'all better run for cover   :seeya: 



Shows the benefit of using diesel...

to counteract the sucky PNW weather   :cool:

#1450824 PaulG 2017

Posted by PaulG on Yesterday, 04:21 PM

The warm up we get is rather quick; so quick that the temps are in range but the soil isn't. At least not for the Chinense. I'm strongly considering pots for them next year. The Annuum's just don't care. The 90's are just around the corner.
Going to work just seems to get in the way of anything anymore...LOL  Haha   :rofl:    no kidding!

That's a good point, Scott.  I'll need to check to make sure
the soil is as warm as the air temp.  

Good on your moderating Spring, Paul. We turned to schnitt here a few days ago and now there's 3 inches of snow with 4 more expected. It had been so good I was just about to cut my first harvest of asparagus, but waited just one night too long-whole plot froze out.

It was 62° just a couple days ago.

Rawk on!

I'm not sure how moderating - we must have
gotten a bit of your weather, Eric.  
Temps down to 35˚F last night - bit of a surprise!
Plants seem okay, but not the perkiest. Geez, I can't
wait for warmer days and nights!    :rolleyes:

Paul,if you did not do such a good job preparing those young plants before they were put outside you may have lost them.Keep on rolling buddy. ;)

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Randy.  
:point: Had another little hailstorm with downpour yesterday.
The pubescens are soldiering on, but we could really use
a turn for the better. 
The Aji Lemon Drops, c. baccatum, have been outside for a
couple of weeks - under the deck canopy.  
Hard to find a place for 3' plants in 2-liter pots    :doh:
They are flowering and setting pods right along.



Red Rocotos, 2nd generation, peruvian seed. 

Hit pretty hard by the hail storms and windy weather.

The one on the right has lost a good portion of its leaves.

#1450523 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by PaulG on 26 April 2017 - 03:34 PM

It is just a small plant that is going to give me about 5000 pods :)

I do not doubt that, my friend!


I just saw this for the first time. I think I have some Lemon Drop seeds kicking around. I'm late to the game, but I'm interested to see how much weight I can put out before Dec.

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Awesome, Mike - welcome to the party!

#1450477 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by PaulG on 26 April 2017 - 12:22 PM

Nice picture of your tomato cage, Chris.

Is that a pepper plant?



#1450476 PaulG 2017

Posted by PaulG on 26 April 2017 - 12:21 PM

Thanks, Jacques.  Fortunately, the pubescens were the only varieties out.

It has been too chilly for the chinenses.  Looks like the weather is

turning over the weekend, so next week will see me planting out,

or at least starting.


For the difficulties they present, the pubescens are hardy soldiers.

I have no doubt they will be okay.  Small pods forming in spite

of the wind, rain, and cool temperatures.

#1450473 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by PaulG on 26 April 2017 - 12:15 PM

Great progress, Charles!

#1450130 morro's garden

Posted by PaulG on 24 April 2017 - 10:46 PM

+1 #31... Sucky news, Morro.  Really hate to see stuff like that.


Looks like you still have a good portion left to carry on!  Goo

Luck, brother!

#1450127 PaulG 2017

Posted by PaulG on 24 April 2017 - 10:40 PM

Looking good Paul. I see you had some hail. Last week when the cold front passed over, we had some minor hail too, some snow and then a couple mornings below freezing. Cherry's, plums and some low resistant trees (like for example apricots) were burnt badly. Feeling bad for all of those who are making a living from the fruit trees.

As for the hail, if it happens in july or august, it happens hard. That's why I'm putting the netting over chiles on the garden and keeping those most wanted varieties on the balcony where there's less chance of direct hit.


Your plants seem fine and most of them are looking superb. Good luck with the plant out later on.

Thanks, Uros!  Smart move protecting your chili plants!



My first hook was Feb. 14, last hook Mar. 3, so you are at least a month ahead.


Still, that must be some great soil and ferts.


I use FFOF as potting medium, and Alaska Fish and Alaska Seaweed for ferts, but I only give a small amount (1 gallon to do all 80 pots) of the ferts once a week.


But, mine are still under the lights until at least the end of this week.


Anyway, yours are looking superb.


Than you, Al.  I like FFOF but the grow store was out so I mixed

some VermiFire with some FFHF and it seems to have really kicked

things into gear!

So do you wait for lows of 50° and above? Well I do for the dirt, as it needs to warm up. But in pots can you cheat a few degrees? Or do you wait?


And those are some good sized containers you're using. Now I know why you were reluctant to replace the soil last season. I wouldn't want to either!

Actually, Scott, as soon as I am comfortable that the temps

will be in mid 40's.  If I waited for 50's, I'd plant out end of

May or June!

Don't mind me no bit Paul, I've been away from the realm for awhile... Just playing catch up still on pg. 2 right now. Keep up the good work Paul...


:rofl:   Haha, James - no problem, brother, you are always welcome here!

#1450126 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by PaulG on 24 April 2017 - 10:28 PM

I'm game!  In it just for the fun!

#1450019 Joyner's 2017 Minimalist Pepper Party

Posted by PaulG on 24 April 2017 - 02:22 PM

Man, Chris, you are so awesome you

plant a cilantro and get a pepper!

Now that's the magic touch!

#1450018 D3 2017 Keeping it mild.

Posted by PaulG on 24 April 2017 - 02:20 PM

GH is doing wonders, Michael!  Grow is looking great.


I notice you are using Organic GROW!  How do you like it.  

I got a bottle of their Organic Bloom to try out with some

of my plants this summer.



#1450011 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by PaulG on 24 April 2017 - 02:11 PM

Nice hoop house upgrade, Charles!  

Dirt looks good and you are getting close!


Looking forward to seeing your plants in their

final spot!

#1450009 nzchili and the kiwi summer

Posted by PaulG on 24 April 2017 - 02:06 PM

Ripening pods are beautiful, Chris!  Maybe your slide

into Fall will be nice and gradual and you'll get a ton o' pods!


Great season!

#1450007 Peter S - 2017 grow

Posted by PaulG on 24 April 2017 - 01:57 PM

Hey, buddy, yu are going to have a full-sized grow

by the time plant-out comes!  Awesome to see some

nice pods, and your outdoor plants are money!