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#1423988 Dry leaves mean what lol?

Posted by solid7 on 20 February 2017 - 04:54 PM

Dried leaves means time to smoke.

#1423834 Fertilizer Dilution...

Posted by solid7 on 20 February 2017 - 07:57 AM

This is actually really poorly written and for the most of it they are barking up the wrong tree

Yes, I agree that it's not the best, but it's not as far off as you say.

"If we know that we cannot expect P to be found in higher concentrations in the roots and blooms than we find in foliage, how can we justify the belief that massive doses of P are important to their formation?"
Storage does not imply use. If this statement were true of humans then a regular diet would be 80% protein, 15% fat and 5% carbohydrate whereas it's closer to 20/40/40

If you were using humans as a hypothesis model, sure it would be. But that's a strawman. Comparing large and long chain molecules to individual nutrients? Come on...

Nutrient storage is absolutely used as a criteria. It's often referred to in conjunction with terms like "accumulation", "storage capacity", etc. In fact, plants are metabolically compartmentalized, based on roots, foliage, crown, etc, and testing can be conducted to see how quickly nutrients are used locally within each of these areas.

"Simply limiting N limits vegetative growth, but it does nothing to limit photosynthesis. The plant keeps making food, but it cannot use it to grow leaves and extend stems because of the lack of N. To where should we imagine the energy goes? It goes into producing blooms and fruit."
I don't even know where to start on this one, it's just an imaginary process. Excess sugars from photosynthesis are stored as starch in the vacuoles until needed.

Except that you are ignoring the fact that certain macro and micro nutrients become the vehicles for metabolization of said stored energy. N, being one of them.

"We know that tissue analysis of leaves, roots, flowers - any of the live tissues of healthy plants will reveal that P is present in tissues at an average of 1/6 that of nitrogen (N) and about 1/4 that of potassium (K)."
So why would limiting N cause it to flower when every part of the plant has equal ratios of nutrients? The hypothesis of limiting N preventing vegetative growth in turn causing flowering does not make sense. Studies done on the UPTAKE (not storage) of nutrients show that nitrogen intake actually increases during the flowering and fruiting stage

You can't increase uptake of a nutrient that isn't present. That's the whole point of LIMITING. As in, not making it available, to begin with.

The point was that the plant, being an efficient organism, alters its nutrient cycling, based on availability.

"P competes with iron (Fe) and manganese (Mn) ions for attachment sites and causes antagonistic deficiencies of these micronutrients"
No it doesn't. Iron, Zinc and Manganese deficiencies lower the amount of phosphorus required for toxicity.

The context of the article was an overabundance of P. In a healthy plant, with proper nutrient ratios, it's not being suggested that there is an antagonistic relationship. Only when P is too high. And we know that P lockout is a real thing, so it's one attempt to explain the mechanism. I honestly don't know if that part is true or not.

#1423528 Leaf problem

Posted by solid7 on 19 February 2017 - 01:02 PM

It's too hard to see anything in that pic, but you've definitely had some whitefly on those leaves.  But aside from that, you're gonna need better pictures, for better answers...

#1423510 Will plants that overcome difficulties as seedlings put out less fruit?

Posted by solid7 on 19 February 2017 - 11:46 AM

Intentionally stressing plants is a technique that growers of different crops have used for years to actually encourage fruiting.


You can induce flower setting by abusing a plant.  For citrus trees - especially those that may be on their last productive year(s) - a common trick, is to beat the trunk with hardwood axe handles.  The idea being, that if the plant "thinks" that it's near the end of its lifecycle, it will then give priority to fulfilling its biological mandate.  And, it certainly does work.  The season after a good beating, a citrus tree will put out bushels of flowers - even if it was in poor health, prior to the beating.


I don't know if that works with peppers, but I see no reason why it wouldn't.  I'm not suggesting that you abuse the plant - but if you can get it to recover, or correct the limiting factor, the plant should set fruit aplenty.  After all, from a scientific perspective, that is the sole purpose of the plant.  To reproduce.

#1423276 Fertilizer Dilution...

Posted by solid7 on 18 February 2017 - 07:19 PM

I'd even use this:


https://www.amazon.c...rds=alaska fish


That is a pellet form, and works amazingly well.  I gave some as a gift to a friend who couldn't grow anything to save his life.  He put some down every 3-4 weeks, and actually ended up growing some plants that were well beyond his skill level. (almost made me jealous)

#1423237 Post Your Aji Amarillo For a Prize

Posted by solid7 on 18 February 2017 - 05:32 PM

My Aji Amarillo got hit with a bit of cold while a lot of the leaves were still a bit young, and as a result, it curled them up.  However, it still continued to develop the peppers that had already set.  And, since it's warm here, the new leaves are coming in strong.







#1423162 Fertilizer Dilution...

Posted by solid7 on 18 February 2017 - 03:47 PM

Ever make any trips to the US?  Got any friends to meet you at the border?


I guess this is the flip side of the cheap health care and drugs in Canada.  We can grow our own medicine much cheaper. :D


Regardless of the fancy graphs that fella posts, there is no need to use a bloom formula.  It's a debate that's been had many times over, and it's been found wanting, every single time.


Try this, as an alternative:



#1423155 Kumquats from store seed?

Posted by solid7 on 18 February 2017 - 03:16 PM

kumquat is not considered "citrus" but "fortunella" :D

Incorrect. They were formerly classified as fortunella.  Today, they are very much classified as citrus.


Fortunella (as well as Citrofortunella) is a historical genus.  As in, no longer used.


#1423154 Fertilizer Dilution...

Posted by solid7 on 18 February 2017 - 03:07 PM

The stuff is mad expensive in Canada. Don't you have some way to get the government to pay for this stuff for you? LOL

https://www.amazon.c...ords=cns17 grow

#1422347 does anyone know how to make superhot pepper leaf smaller?

Posted by solid7 on 16 February 2017 - 09:36 PM

There is plenty of scientific info online as to why these leaves are naturally larger. I don't disagree with your comment fully,but it's not 100% accurate.

Not sure which part you don't agree with. Chinense leaves do tend to be larger than other varieties, but the abnormally large leaves that are often seen in hydro setups or early season grows are not optimal. It's a fact that early season grows in nutrient rich media will produce large leaves. But the plant doesn't/won't sustain that growth... Because it can't. I liken that phenomena to what happens to the hands and feet of HGH users.
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#1421985 does anyone know how to make superhot pepper leaf smaller?

Posted by solid7 on 16 February 2017 - 12:45 PM

i would like to turn all my superhot varieties to bonsai pepper plants. large leaves are ugly. so i'd like to make them as small as possible. Is there any kind of hormone that can reduce the size of the leaf?


There is one called "full sun" that really helps.

I don't know what season you are in right now, but as the weather warms up, and the UV index climbs, those leaves will come back to normal size.


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#1421983 does anyone know how to make superhot pepper leaf smaller?

Posted by solid7 on 16 February 2017 - 12:44 PM

why do you want smaller leaves?


Maybe the definition of "smaller' needs to be clear, but those mammoth size leaves on pepper plants are not desirable.(contrary to popular belief)  Typically, larger leaves are bigger in area, but lighter in weight - proportionately, if not outright - than properly developed leaves.  Rapid growth has a tendency to stretch the plant and weaken the cell walls.

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#1421978 How do I lower my PH in my solo cups?

Posted by solid7 on 16 February 2017 - 12:35 PM

Probably better to call it calcium carbonate which is its correct name rather than lime.


Or could just call it dolomitic lime, which is exactly what the OP did.

#1421089 Advice for my Bishops Crown

Posted by solid7 on 14 February 2017 - 05:42 PM

True, but those charts rarely point people in the right direction. I've found them to often be, quite useless. For them to be accurate, we must first make the assumption that it is actually a SPECIFIC nutrient deficiency, as opposed to an OVERALL nutrient deficiency.
That is the way plants also tend to look when the weather turns cold, and the ground cools down. It looks rather like dormancy.
Yes, pests can do this. So can a host of environmental factors. I'm not trying to take anything away from you, but I think far too often, we rush straight into a diagnosis of a singular cause. The reason that I said it "might" be the early stages of nitrogen deficiency,is because when nutrient uptake is restricted, this is often the first visible nutrient deficiency - as it is one of the most mobile.
Because the OP was using a low N fertilizer, I believe it to be imperative that he/she restore a proper nutrient feeding schedule, and see if the condition first shows improvement - and only then, move on to specific diagnosis.

#1421082 Anyone growing micro tomatoes?

Posted by solid7 on 14 February 2017 - 05:34 PM

I will be growing these soon.  Would these be considered micro?

Actually, "dwarf" and "micro" refer to the size of the plant, not the fruit.
The micro tomatoes are often on plants that get no bigger than 10" tall.
That's not to take way from the fact that those are some interesting tomatoes!