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Hybrid Mode 01

Member Since 12 Sep 2013
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#1506434 How many next hottet pepper in the world???

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on Yesterday, 07:16 PM


#1505323 Trim bad leaves off of shocked Carolina reaper baby plants

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 15 November 2017 - 08:23 PM

     Plants that young can't handle complete defoliation. They don't have any energy stored in their roots to fuel a new flush of leaves. They will probably succomb to disease before they get things going again. If, by some miracle, they were able to, they would be set so far back that you'd be better off just starting more seeds instead.

#1502121 PC cooked Pumpkin

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 30 October 2017 - 02:12 PM

     Looks good. Sounds good, too. I know that there are several different species of pumpkins out there (pepo, maxima, etc.) and I'm sure many of the cultivars out there today have been bred to look pretty and be sold for carving and decorating. Even the ones bred specifically for eating have probably lost a lot of their flavor and textrue in favor of production and pest/disease resistance.

     I've had good luck finding old heirloom varieties of squashes and pumpkins at Seed Savers Exchange. I had so much trouble with squash vine borer beetles at our last house that I haven't been in the market in years though.

#1501164 Cacti Thread

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 25 October 2017 - 05:01 PM

Hybrid Mode,


Any instructions/recommendations for bringing in the cacti for over the winter?


     Oh crap. I totally forgot to give you guys directions on how to over winter your plants!  :clap:  Oh well, I don't think it's too late to do things right.

     The first step to inducing dormancy in cacti is to stop watering and let the soil dry out completely. Keep them growing outside, just bring them in when it's supposed to rain and put them back out when it clears up. The goal is to convince the plants that they are coming into the dry/cool season of their native habitat. Dry soil, cooling temps and (eventually) increasing shade will tell them to slow down.

     These are pretty hardy cacti. Not as cold tolerant as an Opuntia, but they can easily tolerate temps down to 32F and have been reported to shrug off snow and temps as low as 25F. (I wouldn't push it too far though.)

     What I usually do is to start bringing them in just during significant rain events to start. Then as they dry out, I slowly shift into only putting them outside during sunny warm days - allowing them more and more time in the relative darkness of indoor life. If you start to notice pale, yellow-green growth at the meristems after having been indoors for a few days or a week, put them back outside for a few days of bright sunshine to green it back up and prevent further etiolation. Even if you can just get it outside for an afternoon of sunshine and warmish temps your plant will appreciate it. After a few cycles of this, your plants should get the hint and stop growing.

     If you're really strapped for time and freezing temps are fast approaching, just make sure that your plants' soil is completely dry. (Wet soil with no sunlight can promote root rot.) It's not the end of the world if your plant isn't entirely dormant when you bring it in. The result will just be thin, etiolated growth. If this is a problem, the weird growth can just be cut off later in winter. In a few weeks, the cut will dry and callus over. And in spring when you start giving your cactus sunshine and water again, it will just sprout a new stem to replace its lost meristem.

     Once your cacti are dormant they are essentially inert. Just put them wherever you have room and/or want a pretty cactus to look at and remind you of warmer times. :cool: Although, if you weren't able to achieve complete dormancy, putting them in a sunny spot can help ward off etiolation.

#1500504 Politically motivated ads....make them stop

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 22 October 2017 - 07:19 PM

That's odd, I havent seen any political ads on my end. I wonder if the advertising doesn't follow your tracking cookies and pop up ads based on your browsing history. I also have my browser set to delete cookies every time I close it. So mostly amazon adds.


     I bet you're right. All I ever get are ads for Wal Mart brand gin and Steve Martin penis cream.

#1499775 HM01 2017 Seedless Glog

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 19 October 2017 - 01:10 PM

Hey Shonas what happened to those little trees?


     The OP-367s grew nicely and I transplanted them to half gallon pots this spring. By late summer, they were all about 1-2' tall and healthy. I transplanted them to a wet meadow area on my family's land and surrounded them with a hardware cloth fence to keep the deer and rabbits away.

     The long term plan is to use those trees as a source of future cuttings. Once they are established (probably spring, 2019), I will cut 4-6' whips from them and plant those directly into other areas. If the cuttings are taken and planted at the right time (just before they break dormancy) they will set roots soon after planting and establish in their new home right away.

     If things work out, I will be able to keep cutting back the new growth from the trees I planted this season every year. Based on previous success rates, I figure I ought to be able to plant and establish at least ten trees each season just from those I planted this season. That's not even counting cuttings I'll take from future plantings.

     The long, long term plan is to use these trees to begin reforesting about five acres of seasonally wet meadowland that was cleared for pasture about 50 -100 years ago. These poplars are just the first step. As they grow, they will improve soil quality, reduce seasonal inundation, shade and eventually outcompete wetland grasses and sedges, and (starting in maybe 5-10 years) provide an environment where more valuable timber and mast trees (oak, cherry, walnut, hickory etc...) can be planted and have a better chance of surviving and growing straight and healthy. Over time, the poplars will be outcompeted by higher value, more shade-tolerant trees.

     Sadly, none of the native gray poplars made it. I'm going to try direct planting a few whip cuttings next spring from some established trees though. We'll see how those do next summer.

     Next time I'm home I'll take some pics of what became of the trees I planted this fall as well as the larger established trees on the property so you can see what the end product is. It really is amazing how fast these trees grow and how quickly a few of them can turn a boring wet field into valuable wildlife habitat.

#1499574 Which Habanero Is The "Best"?

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 18 October 2017 - 05:52 PM

     I agree with many folks here. My tops (in no particular order) are P. Dreadie standard, Caribbean red, Pepper Lover's peach Congo and her giant chocolate hab. I like Bahamian goats a lot, but peach Congos are similar and edge them out on sweetness, flavor and productivity (the plant I grew was more pod than plant!).

     Mustard hab is up there, too. What the heck, put it in the top five.





edit: Grow those five varieties and you'll have one of each color and I promise you won't be disappointed!

#1499565 Pepper People are the Best

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 18 October 2017 - 05:30 PM

wanted to give a big Thank You to Mike for sending me these awesome sounding sauces (i haven't tried any yet, just opened the box!)

they look and sound great, I'm excited  :dance:



thank you very much Mike :)




Pepper People Are The Best




     Hey, my box looks just like yours. I just got one in the mail today too!

     GIP, all I can say is you are in for a great time. Mike's sauces are absoulutely ridiculous. I had to hide my first bottle of his caribbean sauce in the back of the fridge just to get my mind off of it. Now that I have a refill, I can start mainlining it again! :dance: And do yourself a flavor and go get a box of ice cream sandwiches to try with the Original recipe before it is gone. Trust me.

     Thanks, Mike! :cheers: I'm going fishing/camping with a friend this weekend and now I have to decide which bottle is going with us. I wonder which one will go best with deep fried catfish. :think: Right now I'm leaning toward the Brett Favre sauce. :whistle: :seeya:







     Thanks again, Mike. I don't care what your grandma says about you, you are the BEST!

#1498710 Gooooooooood shit!

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 14 October 2017 - 07:33 PM



     Thanks! I'm still getting used to our new counter-top convection oven though. Next time I'm going to try baking at a temp about 25o cooler for about 10 minutes longer. The biscuits were a little soft on the inside.

     The flavor was there though. I added about a tablespoon each of dill weed and chimayo flakes to the dough and they were delicious!

#1498698 Gooooooooood shit!

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 14 October 2017 - 06:51 PM











     :drooling: :party:

#1498690 Gooooooooood shit!

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 14 October 2017 - 06:27 PM

     Almost there. Just a few more seconds...



#1498682 Hi from Twisp.

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 14 October 2017 - 06:17 PM

     THP, weren't you going to install some kind of software idiot-blocker to keep this kind of riff-raff away from this place? Where's Dru when you need him? :rolleyes:








































     Damn. Baking pot (dump) pies (cakes) gets me drizunk. :drunk:

#1498680 Gooooooooood shit!

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 14 October 2017 - 06:12 PM

Did you guys see how it made the shit outta that meatballs and Hamburger Helper? I mean dang man, that thing is taiight!


     Taighter than a maf'k, but can it do this?







     OK, maybe that's not so impressive...









     But this will be in about a half hour!


#1498440 Gooooooooood shit!

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 13 October 2017 - 07:31 PM

     Sick tan!   :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

#1498426 Gooooooooood shit!

Posted by Hybrid Mode 01 on 13 October 2017 - 06:59 PM

That might be from the spray on personality. :rofl: