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#1636691 First year gardening hot peppers

Posted by alkhall on 10 June 2019 - 03:43 PM

Plants look good. I see the sideways pic thing quite a bit, try uploading them to a hosting site (I use imgur) and then you can rotate them before posting.

#1635223 alkhall 2019

Posted by alkhall on 02 June 2019 - 06:56 AM

Mulched the raised bed with pine straw.



#1634169 Bringing plants inside.

Posted by alkhall on 26 May 2019 - 09:38 AM

If you give them light and water, I do not see why they would have any issues.

#1634168 Organic mulch

Posted by alkhall on 26 May 2019 - 09:36 AM

As you may know, I try to do total organic growing.


I have never used mulch.


I am tired of pulling weeds and grass from my raised beds.


Is there a totally organic mulch, that is, with no dyes or other additives?

#1633984 alkhall 2019

Posted by alkhall on 25 May 2019 - 01:00 PM



I will start with the weekly application of the fish and seaweed (at 80% of recommended strength) around the first week of July. I use ~five gallon of mix for the entire raised bed, so, they really are not getting a lot, just a little boost.


The micro sprinklers are great! I adjust the water pressure so they each give about 2 or 3 foot diameter circle . I have them on a timer, every day it does not rain, from 05:30 - 06:00.

#1633630 alkhall 2019

Posted by alkhall on 24 May 2019 - 05:21 AM

Plants are in the ground:





#1632882 Help Diagnosing Problems

Posted by alkhall on 19 May 2019 - 02:54 PM


Thanks for the advice -- great info!  I just checked and realized that all my potting mix is Kellogg; it was the best value at Home Depot!  Can't change it now but I'll use something else next year.  I also am using Kellogg fish & kelp (with molasses!) and I'm wondering if this too is part of the problem.  I'll dispense with that too.


OK -- so weekly application of liquid fertilizer doesn't harm them.  Nice to know.


What is the purpose of spraying with Magnesium Sulfate?


To clarify, I use ~five gallons of fish/kelp mixture at 80% of recommended strength for my entire raised bed, which is ~130 ft2.


It is not too late to change the potting mix, you just need to be careful depotting (is that word?) the affected plants.


I use a mixture of 5 parts ProMix Ultimate ((https://www.menards....70381575&ipos=2) but I do not belive there are any Menards store in Cali. (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ultimate-2-cu-ft-All-Purpose-Growing-Mix-1020030RG/205360639) is probably the closest you could find) mixed with 2 parts extra coarse perlite for container plants.


The magnesium sulfate provides two micro-nutrients (magnesium and sulfur) which are absorbed through the leaves. I am not sure what exactly it does, but it has worked for me. Mind you, I only do it once, after the plants are established, but before they begin flower production. I mix it up in a pump sprayer and apply generously (not in direct sunlight!).

#1632809 catchthebear 2019

Posted by alkhall on 19 May 2019 - 07:47 AM

Impressive indeed.

#1632808 Carolina Reaper Plants

Posted by alkhall on 19 May 2019 - 07:46 AM

Both appear to be chili plants.

#1632806 Help Diagnosing Problems

Posted by alkhall on 19 May 2019 - 07:37 AM

Have you tried spraying with Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt) solution? About one teaspoon per gallon.


 I do not have any experience with Kellogg fertilizers, but a couple years ago, I used Kellogg Organic potting mix for a raised bed with bell peppers. All eight of the plants were very sickly looking, and the few peppers that actually developed were small and deformed. Personally, I avoid Kellogg products based on that experience.


I use Alaska fish in combination with either Neptunes Harvest or GS Plant Foods liquid kelp at 80% of recommended strength every week once my plants are established after plant out.

#1632722 Will These Plants Form Different Peppers or Will They Be Normal?

Posted by alkhall on 18 May 2019 - 05:23 PM

If the seeds those plants sprouted from were not themselves from hybridized plants, the pods from those plants will be 'normal'.

#1632516 Keygoes Chili Keychain, $6 on Amazon

Posted by alkhall on 17 May 2019 - 04:22 PM

Got the two BBQ Pit Boys keychains, waiting on the two plain ones.


The shaker is heavier than I expected, seems really solid.

#1631914 These Are All Self Seeded

Posted by alkhall on 14 May 2019 - 03:10 PM

I have volunteer plants every year.


Since they do not usually sprout until June, they never get as big as the ones I start indoors.


A couple years ago, I had an interesting volunteer; a Caramel Madballz. Thing is, I only had only grown the brown Madballz the previous year.


I saved seed and grew a couple plants the next year, and they were also Caramel. I probably still have some of those seeds... somewhere...

#1631867 Hardening Off Pepper Plants

Posted by alkhall on 14 May 2019 - 11:20 AM

Gradually expose them to more sunlight, try to protect them from strong wind.


I generally start in shade/indirect sun for a couple days, then give them a half hour more each day of direct sun for a week.


About ten days, they should be good to go.

#1631421 Keygoes Chili Keychain, $6 on Amazon

Posted by alkhall on 11 May 2019 - 02:52 PM

Just ordered two of those, and two of the plain stainless.