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Super Hots Canada

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#1485264 Pepper Joe's sold yet again?

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 20 August 2017 - 06:59 PM

So, according to a number of recent news articles a company called "Clickstop" has bought out the Pepper Joe's business and the owners have put their 19 year old son in charge of the operation:

 

http://www.prweb.com...web14613022.htm

http://www.thegazett...ompany-20170818

 

According to the article in The Gazette, this company has no previous experience in the food industry and their son, who they've put in charge of PJ's, was previously working as an intern... On top of no past experience in the food industry, the article indicates they laid off all the previous staff.

 

If they cut out all the previous staff and are moving the whole operation to their base of operations, does that mean the farming/production itself is moving? Who's managing the production or is that all being outsourced? The articles don't really make much effort to clarify very much about this whole transaction. :)

 

Thoughts on how this might turn out?

 

(I didn't see anything mentioned about this elsewhere on the forum)




#1480552 Hello from Canada

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 02 August 2017 - 05:59 PM

Welcome to the club, dude :)




#1475463 How do you transact money?

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 14 July 2017 - 11:00 PM

It sounds like you're already providing plenty of payment options for customers to choose from.

 

Stripe is certainly another option that can be provided, as THP mentioned, and I find it has similarities to both PayPal & Square. Just like either of those it can handle several options on the customer end, and it can be integrated into a website.

 

Here in Canada we have access to Interac e-Transfer, which allows anyone with a bank account at any number of major banks in the country to send funds via email. The sender signs into their online banking and sets up the transfer, which automatically does two things as soon as the user confirms the transfer: 1) It withdraws the funds from their account, and 2) sends an email to the recipient with links to sign into the bank of their choice. Once the recipient gets the email they can follow a link, sign into their bank account (from their bank's website), and deposit the funds using the password provided by the sender.. At no point does any person on either side of the transaction get to see any details about the other user's bank account. >> https://en.wikipedia...erac_e-Transfer

 

Is there possibly anything like that down in the US that you might offer up to this customer? :)




#1461843 Dragon's breath...2.48m scovilles?

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 30 May 2017 - 10:27 AM

No new world record


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Looks like my first impression and analysis of that Tom Smith and those news articles was spot-on. 

 

So, it sounds like this pepper is potentially a first-generation hybrid - so to anyone who's picked up seeds, it'll be interesting to see what variations spring up. :)




#1461456 Super Hots Canada - 2017

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 28 May 2017 - 09:54 PM

At the moment, it looks like this will be my line-up for this season:

 

* Bell Pepper

* Jalapeno

* Cayenne

* Super Chili

* Habanero

* Naga Jolokia

* White Ghost (Bhut Jolokia White originally grown from seeds from PepperLover)

* Brown Naglah

* Chocolate Bhutlah

 

- At the moment the seedlings I have transplanted of Bell Pepper & Jalapeno were mostly bought from garden centers. I have more to transplant that I started myself.

- The Cayenne, Super Chili & Habanero seedlings are bought from garden centers

- I have some Brown Naglah seedlings transplanted already in the greenhouse (around 15), and inside I have some seedlings starting to sprout

- White Ghost and Naga Jolokia seedlings are also in the process of starting to sprout inside.

- Sadly, only 3 seedlings of the Chocolate Bhutlah survived, but some are still better than none! (seeds from PuckerButt Pepper Company)

 

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Suddenly this season the local shops have stopped selling the Plant Prod plant feed I've always used for my plants. I've always used the Starter, All-Purpose, and Flowering water-soluble feeds.. Namely, at this time of year I'd be starting to use the All-Purpose:

 

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.. But instead, all the shops seem to be replacing Plant Prod with some new ProMix feeds.. Sadly, none seem to have the All-Purpose mix. I've only found the Tomato mix and Flowering mix, so it looks like I'll have to go with the Tomato mix for now:

 

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.. That's the closest I've found.. Anyone have any experience with this product?


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#1460722 Super Hots Canada - 2017

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 26 May 2017 - 10:31 PM

Good luck, man!

I feel like if I lived that far north I'd be too lazy to grow peppers. So, great job at putting the work in.

I really shouldn't take my long growing season for granted

 

It's a challenge, for sure.. I've found the greenhouse manages to extend my grow season right into November. It seems my peak harvest time starts around mid-October, even though the plant growth starts slowing at that point. It's pretty much halted by November, but I've seen my plants survive until mid-November - long enough for many of the pods to have a chance to mature.

 

But the short summer is why I try to start planting my seeds inside around November - in the hopes they'll have a chance to really grow before getting outside and maybe hit maturity by the start of summer.. Alas, this time around definitely didn't work out that way :( .. but I'm determined to work out the kinks and get this all down to an art. lol




#1460710 Super Hots Canada - 2017

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 26 May 2017 - 09:41 PM

Your greenhouse looks great. I'm sure you'll end up having a great season.

 

I really hope so... Last season was a bust because by the time I had finished expanding the greenhouse (the part that can be seen in the photo) it had left me at least a month behind on getting my plants outside. Then, I had left one part of the expansion uncovered near the top for ventilation, but instead it ended up being an exit point for the ladybugs - and they just never found their way back.. didn't take long for my plants to go from growing great to being stunted by aphids and then halted by the black sotty mold that followed the aphids - lesson learned!

 

Over the winter the plastic covering the roof of the expansion got ripped off of more than half of it.. It took me around 3-4 hours one day to finally pull it back into place and pin it down.. I still have a couple sections that need sealed up - which I intend to get done sometime soon... Then I just need to figure out how to get some ladybugs in there. lol

 

I have some window screen material, so I also intend to build some windows for ventilation.. it gets incredibly hot in their during the summer.

 

*crosses fingers*




#1459064 Super Hots Canada - 2017

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 22 May 2017 - 04:33 PM

Hey folks,

 

So I've been pretty quiet over this last year compared to past years. Much of my personal life took a negative turn last year in April when, within the space of two weeks, my longest relationship came to a crashing halt and then my closest friend passed away.

 

Last summer I also launched the website for my business, but to date not a single has been placed through my website.. I attempted to promote it a bit on here and also through posts and ads on Facebook and posts on Twitter.. Looking at the database there has been the rare person here and there that has tried adding products to the cart, but that's about it.. I think the hard lesson here is that I first need to build some local trust and reputation in order to start gaining enough confidence in people that they'll be willing to order online.

 

That aside, this season I decided I wanted to change direction a bit. In past years I've aimed to grow a wide range of varieties - hoping that having seed and sample variety would help gain attention - but after last season I realized I need to narrow down and focus on aiming for bulk so that I can actually have enough fresh product to sell locally. From trying out the local farmer's market, having a nice range of seeds to sell and samples to show off gains a bit of attention, but what people really want is the ability to buy quantities of fresh peppers, and not just seeds. So this season I was hoping to grow around 3-5 super hot varieties and 3-5 sweet/mild varieties.

 

Initially I was hoping to grow: 7 Pot Primo, Brown Naglah, Chocolate Bhutlah, White Ghost & Wartryx on the "super hot" end, and Bell pepper, Jalapeno on the mild end.

 

I started planting early - back in November - and I even made an effort to setup my grow spaces better than in the past. I purchased new fluorescent light fixtures, plastic tables instead of stacking up boxes, lined the walls with tinfoil to help with the lighting, etc..  Yet, even though most of my seeds germinated great they would grow to around around 2nd or 3rd set of true leaves and then either die or stall out.. This happened repeatedly, even with proper lighting and watering.. Only thing I can think of is that they needed better circulation because I, sadly, wasn't able to have any fans running.

 

Because of this:

* Went all/most of my Primo seeds only to end up with zero seedlings (this includes having ordered additional packs)

* Went through a ton of Orange Primo seeds with nothing to show

* I spent over $50 on 5 packs of Chocolate Bhutlah seeds ($13 of that was shipping - PuckerButt has some insane shipping costs for sending to Canada) and I've ended up with only -3- seedlings

* I planted a bunch Chocolate Primo Reaper seeds to end up with zero seedlings

* I ended up with zero Wartryx seedlings

* I planted a ton of White Ghost pepper seedlings only for them all too fail

* I planted a ton of Brown Naglah and though I have maybe 30-40 seedlings they are all struggling to survive

* I encountered the same with the Bell and Jalapeno seedlings to the point where I had to buy seedlings for these from local garden centers

 

(again: germination wasn't the issue, so I'm most definitely not faulting any seed providers)

 

After all this, the seedlings that have survived were ones that were planted well after January, so who knows if they'll have enough time in the season to produce.

 

I also had a full tray of around 36 Naga Jolokia seedlings that sprouted just last week, but I forgot to take the lid off the tray when I put it out in the greenhouse and they ended up roasting.. The same happened with another tray that was half Cayenne, half Sweet Banana.. So now I have 3 more full trays of seeds I'm trying to germinate: Naga Jolokia, Brown Naglah and White Ghost... But even if they take? Starting -this- late I feel like they probably won't stand a chance at producing. :(

 

There is one positive out of all of this - I finally started getting tables setup in my greenhouse! In the past my plants have always been on the ground, but instead of attempting to expand the greenhouse again this year I put focus on new soil and setting up tables. This way I have room for more plants and they'll be off the ground - helping to limit the chance of snails/slugs/etc and of grass/weeds growing up into the pots or around the plants. Should hopefully make a definite difference. :)

 

I've also decided to try my hand at more than just the peppers. Last season I tried growing some catnip and this season I'm trying the same - only I'm hoping to ramp up to at least 10-15 plants this time around. My cats (and others that have tried it) absolutely LOVE homegrown catnip so I figure if I grow this in a bit more bulk I can sell some fresh nip on the side locally - there's definitely a market for it. I'm also working on growing beans, peas, beets (for a friend) and corn.

 

I still have a ton of clean up to do of the plants/pots from last year, but I've been making some great progress setting up the new tables and getting seedlings transplanted. Below is a photo taken a few days ago and a video clip taken over a week ago showing some of my progress.. Since then I've transplanted quite a few more seedlings with plenty more to go.

 

 

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#1458781 Dragon's breath...2.48m scovilles?

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 21 May 2017 - 11:34 PM

Unlike IFLScience, Daily Mail, and The Telegraph, other news sources appear to have at least put in -some- effort with this story:

 

http://www.bbc.com/n...-wales-39946962

http://www.prweb.com...web14356191.htm

 

This Tom Smith appears to be happy to let news sources give him credit for work that isn't wholly his, rather than taking the time to give credit where it's due.

 

I started following the IFLScience page on FB around the time it first got started and I had thought they put some actual effort into verifying the facts of what they post, but on this topic they not only fell short but they even jumped the gun. They referenced both the Daily Mail & Telegraph articles in the post on their website, but they made no effort to dig deeper -and- they jumped to claim that this pepper is "officially" the hottest in the world, even though the articles they referenced indicate it's currently only applied to Guinness World Records.

 

I think the biggest tell that these news sources didn't do their due diligence is the fact that they claim this Tom Smith created it "by accident", while at the same time pointing out that it was purposely developed in cooperation with a university.. That's very contradictory... but thankfully, once you dig a bit deeper and find the BBC and PRWeb articles and discover the backstory from the actual creators then it doesn't sound quite so far-fetched overall.

 

What really stands out to me is that none of these articles seem to provide any reference to the average heat of this pepper - they focus on the claim that its' peak is higher than that of the Carolina Reaper. Guinness World Records, though, seems to determine the record based on the highest average - which makes sense. After all, the heat level can easily vary from one pod to the next on a plant, so a few pods on a plant could hit a really high mark while the majority could be hitting much lower - but the average will paint a clearer picture of what to expect of the pepper. So it'd be interesting to find out the average on this one and -then- maybe it might be worth some hype.

 

Even if it were somehow to get the record with a peak level of 2.4 million, it already seems like that record won't last long since Ed Currie was already stating months ago that his HP56 pepper peaks at around 2.89 million (bit curious what the average would be on that one, too).

 

Some of these news sources really need to work on their journalism skills, considering how incredibly vague & short on facts they've been on reporting about this pepper. *shakes his head*




#1434071 Pepper North Giveaway - 30 Hot Pepper Seed Varieties!

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 14 March 2017 - 11:46 AM

Already following you on FB and elsewhere. :)

 

At some point when I have a bit of money to work with I -really- gotta try ordering some of your hot sauces :)




#1366459 Bubblegum, Borg or Cross?

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 21 September 2016 - 07:12 PM

Hey folks,

 

So I'm starting to find I somehow mislabeled some of my plants along the way, but this one plant doesn't quite seem to match any particular seeds I planted.

 

There are three varieties I planted this year that are in the running for what I think it could be, but it doesn't quite fit any of them... I'm able to narrow it down because it's a bleeder.

 

The similar varieties I planted are: 7 Pot Bubblegum, 7 Pot Bubblegum X PDN, Borg 9 Bleeder

 

The original Bubblegum is supposed to mature to red, as I understand. The Borg 9 Bleeder is supposed to be red, as well, and round and wrinkled (judging by the photos I've seen).. I've noticed the Bubblegum X PDN plants were already showing variation even before pods started forming. Only one other is has any pods hinting at maturing and that is coming out red and shaped more like a Brain Strain.

 

This one I'm unsure of does appear to have a shape akin to the PDN or the Pink Tiger's I grew last year.

 

Verdict?

 

bleeder-needs-id.jpg

 

Could this be a deviation since the Bubblegum X PDN seeds I got from Ford's are only F2 and far from stable? If so, I'm definitely going to hold onto a bunch of seeds.

 

I'm going to try and get up the nerve to eat this pod.. The smell is fainty citrus and I'd say more akin to peach. It smells sweet and not too floral.

 

Thanks! :)




#1361870 Super Hots Canada Food and Plants - Open for Business!

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 10 September 2016 - 10:46 AM

Congrats and good luck !!

Always wanted to visit Nova Scotia :)

 

.. and someday I want to visit out west.. and Italy. Italy would be awesome. lol

 

Supposedly I live in a beautiful province, but damn, is our government ever hypocritical. They boast about wanting to encourage Agriculture and loving Entrepreneurs, yet unless you're already established and rich - nope! no help for you! grrrrr *end mini rant* lol




#1361748 Super Hots Canada Food and Plants - Open for Business!

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 09 September 2016 - 09:55 PM

Good luck!

 

You're heat scale is a bit confusing, blazing then superhot... blazing sounds hotter. :) If you do have peppers between hot and superhots maybe extra hot?

 

Anywho looks great!

 

(tip: make all your gallery images the same size so when you are navigating the window doesn't change size or make the window a static size) :)

 

That's a good point lol .. I might change that yet, but I wrestled with it some because I want "superhot" at the top since it's sorta in my business name, bbbbbut you're right - blazing does sound hotter.

 

As for the gallery images - thanks for the tip. :) .. I did do my best to make the all images for the products conform to one size, but the ones under the "Grow List" page need some work, for sure.

 

It's a work-in-progress, so I'm certainly open to (and appreciate) suggestions. :)




#1361727 Super Hots Canada Food and Plants - Open for Business!

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 09 September 2016 - 08:36 PM

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Hey folks, it has been three years and a day that have passed since I first signed up as a member here and in that time I've had so many fine members of this forum help me out with advice, answers, suggestions and seeds. As time has passed I've worked hard to constantly keep learning about peppers & how to grow them, along with slowly preparing myself for the day when I would take the leap from hobby to business. With the current season will underway I am attempting to grow over 100 plants this year with over 30 different varieties ranging from mild to super hot - up from around 50 plants last year, giving me the opportunity to begin spreading the heat locally and across Canada - meaning that day has finally arrived! :)

 

After months of dedication I have now launched an official website and am ready to begin selling!

 

Built from scratch, the Super Hots Canada Food and Plants website is beginning with sales of seeds and chile powders and I hope my fellow Canadians will take the time to check out the brand new website and maybe consider a bit of shopping!

 

www.superhots.ca

 

Or if you want to jump straight to the shop:

 

www.superhots.store

 

 

For those local to Nova Scotia: If you happen to be in, or passing through, Pictou County, feel free to get in touch! I'd love to meet up and I might just have some fresh peppers to sell to you!

 

* Sorry folks outside of Canada - currently I'm not ready yet to begin selling abroad. Please forgive me!

 

* * P.S. With the website being brand new, I hope you will bear with me. If you encounter any issues, please let me know so I can work on resolving them: mark@superhots.ca

 




#1302359 Epsom Salts: Folk Lore or Science?

Posted by Super Hots Canada on 20 April 2016 - 02:50 PM

I tried doing the spray thing, but I never felt as though that made a definitive difference - though I didn't particular looking helping those plants that had yellowing leaves.

 

What I do do with it, though, is apply it at the same time I am applying the plant feed(s). I mix around one tablespoon per liter into the water around every two weeks (or every second watering at the height of the plants' growth in the summer where I am watering them once a week). I feel like I got some pretty good results last summer, as a result. :)