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#1632325 Potting Up Question

Posted by juanitos on 16 May 2019 - 05:21 PM

yes you can go to any size container.


untangle some of the roots if they are rootbound

#1632307 Soil mix question

Posted by juanitos on 16 May 2019 - 03:35 PM

the vermiculite content really depends on how you are watering and the rest of your mix.



mix content



since you are heavily using topsoil and compost they will already absorb quite a bit of water ( eventually will just be mud )

You don't need the extra water retention that vermiculite gives you. it just another extra thing to buy that isn't doing much for you.

it doesn't hurt really though, unless you are in a super wet area and the mix ends up holding too much water, the chunks should not compact as much as your mud so helps give the soil some body.


vermiculite is more useful in a mix that is too fast draining, like a heavy wood, rocky, or sandy mix.

but even then we can use other things to hold water. so it is not necessarily required. 


peat is only hydrophobic when it is bone dry, it will take a long while for the peat to dry out in normalish sized containers ex 20L, 5gal, for smaller containers (like for baby plants) it will dry out faster. 

in a very high peat mix (like 80% +) i can see it being useful as a kinda "oh shit" scenario.

but if you are mixing other things (ex compost) in your mix not just peat, its fine they will still hold water even if peat gets dry.






if you have a system to control your water (automatically or manually) and will be watering very often we don't need / want extra water retention.

example: watering thoroughly everyday will not give time for most mixes to dry out.


or extreme solutions like dutch buckets or self watering containers where water is always available we don't want the mix to hold extra moisture if we don't need it..


If you are doing infrequent watering or live in an area where you are relying on rainfall that is somewhat infrequent or very arid. then vermiculite will be great as will it help keep some moisture in your soilmix over the dry days.




so i'll just say that's my reasoning behind not using vermiculite.

others can disagree, you can use it, i won't judge, i just wouldn't use it.

#1632086 Soil mix question

Posted by juanitos on 15 May 2019 - 08:45 AM

probably didn't need the vermiculite but the mix is fine.

#1631859 Can anyone bring me up to speed as to what has happened since 2011?

Posted by juanitos on 14 May 2019 - 10:47 AM

a lot more money in the pepper world now. Puckerbutt is the biggest player probably. with reaper, choc bhutlah, chris' rare seed collection, etc


Guinness world records now requires the test to be an average heat. so it must be sampled multiple times, the variety must be stable.

This is to combat a random new crossed pepper someone tests high once changing all the time. 

But makes it a bit harder for a normal person to get the record. More tests = more $ spent. Stable variety means you must have spent years growing it.


dragon's breath is fake.


Hot Ones youtube series has helped popularize eating hot stuff.


thehotpepper will get a website update............ someday lol

#1631691 juanitos 2019 grow log

Posted by juanitos on 13 May 2019 - 09:18 AM

trying to get all the plant orders shipped this week.



only spent like 10 mins on my peppers this week, just making sure everything is still alive n chugging.


one of my plant failed completely, habanada just withered and died. so i have to replant another.


I guess the unattractive green color is why most people go with the black fabric pots.




#1631689 juanitos 2019 grow log

Posted by juanitos on 13 May 2019 - 09:09 AM

I don't know if this belong here, but here goes: 

I tasted my first Biquinho pepper, from the seeds I ordered from your store.


What delicious little gems those peppers are! Barely any heat, but really sweet and juicy. The smell gave me flashbacks from some superhot chinenses, but I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted it. As always, great plants from your seeds, thanks! 


Nice! it is so hard to describe the biquinho heat to people. it's like a faint memory. not completely heatless like a bell pepper. but it's not hot either. 

#1630518 Hardening off advice?

Posted by juanitos on 06 May 2019 - 07:30 PM

Gradual exposure is the key.


I have always started with about 4 hours of shade for two days, then add about a half hour of direct sunlight per day until they are getting six hours of full sunlight per day, keeping a close watch for sunscald.


However, reading juanitos very informative post, I should not need that much time, as according to my calculations, my 12 lamp T5HO fixture that the plants have been under since germination is putting out ~50K lumens in an 8 ftarea, or ~65K lux.


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it's not just lux intensity.


the sun has more UV radiation that the plants have to get used to.



#1630486 juanitos 2019 grow log

Posted by juanitos on 06 May 2019 - 01:36 PM

used the old coco from  above and then needed some more so got some berger mix from local nursery.






one thing i didn't think about was that the irrigation lines are now too short to reach up to the pots.

so i had to order some new 1/4 in line and replace all the lines. that took a while.


overall shot of setup



brought some plants over




transplanting was pretty easy though






and to finish the weekend made some burgers & dogs, and some yummy jalapeno





#1630459 Hardening off advice?

Posted by juanitos on 06 May 2019 - 11:29 AM

2-7 days place in full shade under a tree or something. indirect light is still pretty bright compare to indoors. (like shade is not completely black you can still see in it eh?)

2-7 days place in half day sun. evening and morning sun are less intense easier for plants to acclimate to. put near the edges of your shade from above. or put on the east or west of a structure. (will be lit/shaded half the day after sun passes mid point)

good to go

going from 2-10k lux from an indoor setup to full 100k + sunlight will kill plants. even a couple hours is enough to kill leaves.

also cloudy days are great for hardening off

lux table for reference approximates:
full sunlight 100k
sunny day shade 15k
cloudy day 2k
sun rise/set .4k

indoor room light 200-1000 lux
indoor grow light 10k lux

#1628258 (WTB) Anyone have any Mini Rocoto or Orange Manzano plants?

Posted by juanitos on 24 April 2019 - 08:52 PM

its like 9-12 $ shipping. i can fit 6 or 3 in a box. 


6  * 3$ = 18$ + 12$ = 30$

3 * 3$ = 9$ + 12$ = 21$

#1628175 (WTB) Anyone have any Mini Rocoto or Orange Manzano plants?

Posted by juanitos on 24 April 2019 - 01:30 PM

i tried growing full size ones and got nothing, that's why i'm trying the minis this year they should fruit easier? smaller fruits need less energy / water?

they are out at the field not near me but i think i have 8 or so extra. they are about 10 inches, a good size for transplanting.

i have 3 colors too, yee




#1628146 (WTB) Anyone have any Mini Rocoto or Orange Manzano plants?

Posted by juanitos on 24 April 2019 - 11:23 AM

i might have some extra mini rocotos

#1626249 juanitos 2019 grow log

Posted by juanitos on 15 April 2019 - 03:54 PM

here's the 3 year old coco. much thicker now but still has some structure after i broke up the roots with a spade for a bit.
mix in some fresh coco chunks or perlite or something to keep it fluffy and good to go.
of course the disease chances are much higher though =\

lots of roly poleys (like hundreds wtf) and a few snails and grubs hiding in the bags.


#1626248 Bigcedar 2019

Posted by juanitos on 15 April 2019 - 03:43 PM

sick 2016 grow. maximized your space lol

look forward to see what you do with your acres!

#1625695 Hello from TX / OK

Posted by juanitos on 12 April 2019 - 03:54 PM

check out white dog chiles in tulsa she will be doing some fairs you can attend.
i'm in bartlesville a bit north of you.

no one in the area will have stock for fresh peppers until july probably.