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#1202335 Hi. I'm Bob

Posted by Prazzie on 03 August 2015 - 05:13 PM

Hi Bob, welcome. I'm going to get my seeds started soon (it's winter in South Africa at the moment, waiting for warmer weather) and I was wondering where I was going to put all the plants I plan on growing. I must admit, I never considered displaying them on the lawn, but now you've expanded my horizons. Great selection you've got there, good luck with your harvest!

#1187732 Bierz's 2015 Chicago Rooftop Grow

Posted by Prazzie on 03 July 2015 - 09:01 AM

Great pictures, thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing more, this is making me itch to get back to my garden. Fourteen plants, I can only admire your restraint!

#988629 Sweet PeriPeri sauce

Posted by Prazzie on 13 May 2014 - 09:41 AM

Okay, I got the recipe! Remember, this is not for Sweet PeriPeri sauce, as per the topic, but for a hot Durban style curry. Durban-style means influenced by Indian cuisine, with its own South African twists. I share the recipe here, once I make it myself I'll post it again in a new topic, with photos.


Durban Style Chilli Sauce


500 grams green/red chillies, finely chopped

4 tablespoons hot curry powder

30 grams ground ginger

2 tablespoons turmeric

6 tablespoons white sugar

8 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 large white onions, diced

1 tablespoon salt

300 ml oil (flavourless oil of your choice, typically sunflower is used)

600 ml malt vinegar


Combine everything in a large pot and cook for one hour over a low heat. Stir often. Bottle once cool.


According to my uncle, the oil acts as a preservative, hence the bottling after cooling. I suppose if you want to use a hot bottling method, that would be fine too. He just whizzes everything in a food processor to chop it up. The sauce has some texture to it, but nothing in it is large enough to chew.


I can't wait to make it. Hope those who try it love it as much as I do!

#987717 stupid question, but is this starting of fruit?

Posted by Prazzie on 11 May 2014 - 07:43 AM

I have water from a well, that water goes thru a salt filter to remove lime? (calcium)...I have used the water that has been filtered, but i started to think that maybe use the water before the filter would help?


Personally, I would be hesitant to change water now at this stage, since your plants appear to be doing fine. Changing to straight well water just might affect them negatively. If you feel confident experimenting, then you could definitely try it. You could also send a sample of the well water to a local lab to test the mineral content to make sure it's within a safe range for plants. Usually there is a botany/horticulture department at the municipality that can give you the contact details of such a testing facility.


If you have more than one of the same variety, you could give half well water and the other half filtered water and see whether it has any effect.

Whatever you decide to do, be sure to share your results here, as it could be a very interesting experiment!

#987702 stupid question, but is this starting of fruit?

Posted by Prazzie on 11 May 2014 - 06:06 AM

Congratulations on your first pods! Ripening times vary according to the variety, with milder varieties usually ripening faster than superhots. You're looking at about a month under ideal weather conditions. You can Google your specific variety to find out exactly how long it usually takes.


Your plant won't need more water than usual, just continue watching the leaves to know when to water. Be careful not to over water, as that can lead to cracks or bursts on the fruit.


While bone meal contains calcium, it's not in a form that's ready for plants to absorb. It needs to break down more in the soil first. Epsom salt doesn't contain calcium, but helps the plants to take up calcium more readily. Have a look at websites or stores that sell hydroponics supplies, they will likely have a water soluble calcium supplement you can order. Or just go to a store that sells plants and fertilizers and ask them for a water-soluble fertilizer that contains calcium.


It is not recommended to use household products to change pH. People do experiment with vinegars, baking soda and other items, but you will have the best results using products designed for the purpose. If you're growing hydroponically, it's easy to adjust the pH. However, if you're growing in a soil mix, it's best to prepare the mix and add amendments to reach the correct pH before planting. Unless your pH is wildly off and actively harming your plants, don't worry too much about changing the pH now.


It looks as though you're all set for success, once the fruit sets, you're pretty much in the clear. Now you just wait for it to ripen and then enjoy the burn.


- Mandie

#978636 Howdy folks.

Posted by Prazzie on 18 April 2014 - 02:47 AM

Oh and bacon wrapped, cream cheese filled jalapenos on the pit! Heck yeah.


Heck yeah x 2! Welcome! Nice plants.

#978481 Should I give up on these plants

Posted by Prazzie on 17 April 2014 - 04:20 PM

The image link isn't working (when using imgur you can copy and paste the BBCode directly into your post to embed the image), but your plants don't sound as though they're doing anything unusual. They're young still, it could be that they're just not growing on top. Perhaps they're concentrating on forming a good root system at the moment. It's unlikely that half your plants would be stunted to the extent that you need to toss them out if you're treating all the plants similarly.


I've had several seedlings that seemed stalled, but then showed sudden rapid growth without me doing anything different. Unless you need the space, give them more time to develop.

#977391 Svetlana's peppers 2014

Posted by Prazzie on 14 April 2014 - 04:13 PM

Gavroche :







That picture is just the best! I love it!


Your greenhouse looks amazing, those carnivorous plants are really something. Thanks for sharing, I look forward to more photos!


- Mandie

#977354 Chillifreak's 2014 grow list

Posted by Prazzie on 14 April 2014 - 01:19 PM

Prazzie, Got your seeds mailed this morning, i sent 50 cos i already had them packed in setts of 25. enjoy.


anyone have Peppadew seeds?

That's very kind of you, thank you very much! :dance:

Unfortunately I don't have Peppadew seeds, I wonder if any of the other SA growers might.


What's your climate like that you can plant the whole year through?

#977353 how many is to many?

Posted by Prazzie on 14 April 2014 - 01:03 PM

Hello and welcome! Nice list, I hope you manage to find space for them all as they grow!


- Mandie

#977342 Remove flowers?

Posted by Prazzie on 14 April 2014 - 12:28 PM

ok, thanx for info. I think i let it flower and see how it goes, maybe trying to remove some flowers nest summer :-)


If this is your first time growing peppers, just be aware of how the flowers can behave. If it gets too hot or cold, the flowers will fall off at the stem. If a flower has not been successfully pollinated, it will fall off at the stem. You can also experience blossom drop from a variety of other factors, including watering and fertilising issues.


What you should NOT worry about is if you see the petals falling off, but the stem remains attached. Once a flower has been successfully pollinated, the tiny fruit will start growing even as the petals brown and dry. So if you see petals falling off, that's a normal part of the process.


Keep us updated on your grow!


- Mandie

#976859 Remove flowers?

Posted by Prazzie on 13 April 2014 - 07:15 AM

Hi, this is my first post :-) I'm trying to grow some chili and its growing fine. But someone mention that i should remove the first 5-7 flowers, how many should i remove and should they flower before i remove them?

Hello pwb, welcome!


The idea behind pinching off buds (when they appear, before they flower) is to redirect all the plant's energy into becoming strong and healthy and reaching its growth potential before fruiting. Whether this is effective is something growers will argue about for as long as people grow peppers.


Whether you pinch is up to you. It will not harm your plant either way, it will just delay your first harvest. Again, whether it benefits the plant is up for debate. To pinch them off, just use your fingers to remove the buds and stems, literally pinching them off. As for how many to remove, generally you keep removing until you're happy with the size/strength of the plant.


If your plants are growing fine and this is your first time growing, you might want to leave them to their own devices until you feel more confident experimenting. On the other hand, if you have lots of plants, you can try pinching off buds on some plants and leaving them on others to see if you have a preference. It's up to you. Have fun with your grow!

#976281 South African Pepper Addicts

Posted by Prazzie on 11 April 2014 - 02:32 PM

Please can you'll give me tips on how to plant the seeds and look after them


There are many ways to go about it and achieve success, but I'll tell you what I think is easy and inexpensive, but will still give you complete control.


Take a piece of paper towel (tissues or toilet paper are too flimsy) and place your seeds on it. Spread them out so they are not touching. Fold the paper over to contain the seeds and spritz the paper towel with water using a spray bottle with a fine misting nozzle. It should be moist, but not soaking wet, so spritz, let the water absorb, spritz again until it's just damp. Place the damp paper towel inside a plastic bag and seal it. You can write down the type of seed inside on the plastic bag or stick a sticker on it. Just make sure to mark it somehow so you know what's in it.


Do this for all your different seeds and then place the plastic bags in a warm spot, like on top of the fridge. It doesn't have to be boiling hot, just between 22°C and 28°C. If seeds aren't germinating, I find that a bit more heat (closer to 30°C) usually does the trick.


You can check your baggies as often as you like by holding them up to the light. What you're looking for is the tap root emerging, which will be easy to spot. It will look like a line sticking out from the seed. Once they've germinated, or "popped" in chilli grower lingo, you can carefully plant them in your growing medium.


For growing medium, I recommend buying a seed starting soil mix, if you're willing to spend money, or make your own. The reason I suggest buying it is because it's very cheap and weed free. It's different from potting soil, it's a lot finer. I've made my own from a mix of vermiculite/perlite, sifted compost and coco coir, but frankly, in future I will go back to buying because it's convenient and affordable. Ask at a nursery, they'll have seed starting soil.


Place your medium in seed trays or plastic/styrofoam cups with drainage holes, moisten the soil (I use a spray bottle) and plant your seeds. You don't need to make sure the taproot is facing down, it will find its own way, but I aim for that to give it the best possible start. Cover the seeds lightly with soil. General rule of thumb is to not bury the seed deeper than twice its own width. Remember to mark your seeds, so you know which is which.


Now you wait. Keep the soil moist, but not sopping wet. Your seeds will grow. You'll be tempted to fiddle with them and interfere and think they're stuck in the seed helmet. Resist tampering, just keep them moist.


Once they stick their heads out of the ground, you can start exposing them to sunlight. Place them in a window or outside in a protected place (where wind/animals can't knock them over). Just make sure they don't dry out! If you want to keep them inside, that's fine, but if you eventually want to move them outside, you'll have to harden them off. Lots of advice on this forum about hardening off, it applies worldwide. It's just a slow exposure to the new environment.


The most difficult phase is germination. These suckers can take 28 days or longer to pop. Just be patient.


The second most difficult phase is when they are seedlings. Because they look like "babies", the tendency is to want to pamper them. They're plants and they already have everything they need to grow, they don't need anything other than water and light in this phase. I mean, sure check for pests or that they're getting enough light, put a fan on them to simulate a breeze if they're inside, but no need to transplant them or feed them or try to pull off the seed helmet. If a seed casing is really stuck on there, spray it with water to moisten it. If that doesn't work after a couple of days, you can very very gently try to pry it off, but if you damage the seedleaves (cotyledons or "cots"), that's on you.


Once they have 2 or 3 sets of true leaves, you can start feeding them. How you do that is up to you, depending on whether you want to be organic or not. If you're happy using commercial fertilisers, tomato fertilisers are suitable to pepper plants. If you want to encourage foliage growth, feed with a fert high in Nitrogen. If you want to encourage blossoms and fruit, feed with a fert low in Nitrogen. You'll see on the package or bottle it breaks down the N-P-K percentages, just look for high or low N depending on your goal.


At first, dilute the fertiliser a lot. Full strength fertiliser can burn and harm your plants. I actually start with 1:10 strength, which might be going overboard. Just don't start with stronger than 1:4. I use Starke Ayres Nutrifeed and Nutrisol.


I vary my fertiliser routine depending on the plants, between once every two weeks, to once a month. You have to monitor your plants and check that they still seem healthy and they're not stalling or experiencing issues like blossom drop, wonky leaves etc.


Every now and then you'll notice your plants need a bigger pot. You can repot or transplant to outside into the garden. Signs of needing a bigger pot include stalled growth and roots sticking out of the drainage holes in the bottom.


I think that covers the basics. Honestly, pepper plants are very hardy. You don't have to do much to look after them. Just make sure they don't dry out in the beginning and once they're established, they can be allowed to wilt a bit before watering. I prefer not to let them wilt myself, but if they do don't panic! That's normal, it happens, it's not a bad thing. A good tip for knowing when to water is to pick up (or weigh if you're really serious) your watered pots. Then feel how light they are (or weigh them again) when it's time to water them. You'll soon get a feel for when to water simply by picking up the pot. Heavy it's got enough water, medium it's still damp enough, light it's time to water.


Again, this is by no means the only way to grow chilli peppers. I've tried 3 different ways myself (straight into the ground, Jiffy pellets, paper towel) and recommend paper towel because you get to keep an eye over the process. It's an exciting time!


I hope this helps you a bit! All the best with your grow.


- Mandie

#976134 pepperlover.com

Posted by Prazzie on 11 April 2014 - 07:20 AM

I ordered my first seeds from Pepperlover on March 31st. From placing the order until receiving the shipping confirmation only took 49 minutes! Incredible! I was super impressed by that.


Today my seeds arrived and I am blown away by Judy's generosity! I mean, I know some seed sellers include freebies, but this is excessive :rofl: (I am not complaining!)




My actual order is on the left, freebies on the right. Right?! That's awesome! That's really going beyond being a pepper seller, spreading the joy of peppers far and wide.


Thanks Judy, I've already told all my friends to order from you and I will be back for sure.

#973544 Hello from Provence, France

Posted by Prazzie on 05 April 2014 - 04:24 AM

Oh wow, that log pastry looks amazing! Welcome to the forum, I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful photos.


- Mandie