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#1345622 C. pubescens and Alaska

Posted by Helvete on 02 August 2016 - 01:43 AM

I've been growing 2 orange manzano plants since October, started them from seeds I plucked out of one of the THP seed trains a few years ago.  I had never tried to grow them when I lived in the South but from what I understand they probably have a hard time with the persistent heat and humidity down there...as in people have difficulty growing them.  The average day temperatures here will swing from 55-80ºF(13-26ºC) over an entire day...back and forth between those extremes many times per day as the clouds roll past the Kenai Peninsula.  It would be brutal trying to grow a C. chinense from seed in these conditions (mine are all 2-3 season plants) and people have hardcore problems with aphids on C. annuum here...even in greenhouses.  There's also a C. baccatum here that does nicely...it just doesn't want to bloom (I honestly think it's the long daylight hours.)  That plant was started last season and still hasn't done much for fruiting but it certainly has some lush bushy shrub effects going for it.


So what is it about the C. pubescens that makes it like being grown in Alaska?  Peppers are not a choice crop for up here but seeing these guys do so nicely makes me wonder if I could be on to something for a great crop development for sub-arctic areas.  Realistically people probably don't grow it up here because they've never even heard of it unless they spent time in Central America or the Southwest US.



#1345621 Holy Moley!!

Posted by Helvete on 02 August 2016 - 01:22 AM

Do you plan to overwinter any of your plants?

#1345620 Berry pickin'

Posted by Helvete on 02 August 2016 - 01:18 AM

looks good


I'll be getting quite a lot of berries this week if I have the energy in between salmon fishing


I ate so much halibut yesterday I actually felt miserable today lol

#1345604 Blue Ribbon Fatalii peppers :D

Posted by Helvete on 01 August 2016 - 10:59 PM

this is the same plant with a few flowers on it right now ;)


I know a lot of people have seeds from this plant so I figured I'd give you some good news...3rd season and going strong



#1345602 Mailing adult plants?

Posted by Helvete on 01 August 2016 - 10:54 PM

Well everyone, here she is!  The mother Fatalii



#1345601 Helvete's 2016 Organic Alaskan Grow

Posted by Helvete on 01 August 2016 - 10:50 PM

Hey everyone, manzano peppers like growing in AK!  My other plants are flowering and fruiting too, hopefully I'll get more pics soon!







#1336072 Lighting for indoor grow

Posted by Helvete on 06 July 2016 - 11:04 PM

if you use t5 it's much better to go with HO ballasts.


HPS are great but are somewhat expensive as far as upkeep and bulb replacement.  T5HO bulbs last about a year each and do fine for peppers as long as you have enough of them.  There's a pinned thread in this (Grow Tech) forum explaining lighting.

#1335257 Berry pickin'

Posted by Helvete on 04 July 2016 - 06:32 PM

found a decent patch of wild cranberries, they're not quite ready yet though



#1328242 Helvete's 2016 Organic Alaskan Grow

Posted by Helvete on 14 June 2016 - 10:41 AM

Here's a video update of some of the stuff I finished this past week


#1323706 Helvete's 2016 Organic Alaskan Grow

Posted by Helvete on 04 June 2016 - 10:40 AM

Very short grow season but I'm ready to rock and roll finally.  will have these filled with plants like beans, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.  by the end of this weekend likely.  Soil blend is native topsoil, native clay, guano, epsom salt, bonemeal, and some other things






more coming soon!



#1310074 Berry pickin'

Posted by Helvete on 09 May 2016 - 02:05 AM

I actually don't know what these are, but they're berries of some sort.  I'll go back and take a look at this area when picking season comes around (August-ish).  Main berries to worry about here are baneberries which are easy to spot and these aren't them.



#1304904 Y-split at first node

Posted by Helvete on 27 April 2016 - 12:20 PM

Don't all pepper plants make a split, with the first bud growing in the crotch, thereof? Or, sans picture, am I just misunderstanding the question?


Normally they don't split at the first node (where the cotyledons part and the true leaf comes in) so it is unusual.




I haven't had this happen ever personally.

#1304600 A Simple Guide to Topping and Pruning

Posted by Helvete on 26 April 2016 - 03:04 PM

Are there any varieties that do not react well to topping and/or pruning?

I was following a conversation in a facebook group but I am unable to find it now. One guy mentioned bell peppers especially do not react well and it seems to stunt their growth. I've started over 50 varieties of hot peppers this year and I was about to start topping/pruning. I figured I better wait and learn more before I start.

I think it depends on grow season length.  Bell peppers have large meaty berries (like also Big Jims) and if you have a short grow season then you won't be able to top them and get a return in the same year as easily as someone who has a 6-7 month grow season.  If you're overwintering plants then it's practically a nonissue.  It can also be avoided by starting your seedlings very early (like December) and topping it long before they go outside.

#1303821 Berry pickin'

Posted by Helvete on 24 April 2016 - 02:22 PM

Some of us just want to grow all the plants

#1303818 Every Try This as an Organic Garden Insect Repellent?

Posted by Helvete on 24 April 2016 - 02:04 PM

This might be on topic, not sure but I've yet to try the FPE methods