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#1575186 What are you adding to next years grow?

Posted by b3rnd on Yesterday, 05:21 AM

I'm not adding so much as I'm removing. I've been saying this the last few seasons, but this time I really need to cut down on the varieties. I thought I could get away with having more plants in smaller containers. It didn't work out the way I wanted, so next season I'm going to have fewer varieties but in bigger pots. I also will have more in-ground. 


I will keep some must-grow varieties and I will focus a lot on the crosses I've made:


Brazilian Starfish x Lemon Drop F2

Cumari Pollux x Pimenta da Neyde F1

Aji Angelo x Cumari Pollux F1


I also want to add some new Baccatums and grow some of the varieties I've gotten from Hungary and Croatia.

#1574822 Save a broken branch?

Posted by b3rnd on 11 August 2018 - 01:15 PM

Yeah, it broke off completely. The wind bent and twisted it and when I tried to straighten it a bit it broke off fully. Should've just left it alone but yeah. I have it in a cup of water now, I was thinking of maybe grafting it back on but it's such a heavy branch.

#1571286 Container growing secrets?

Posted by b3rnd on 27 July 2018 - 09:36 AM

Hey guys. This isn't the first topic I've made on this, but this time I wanted to take the discussion a bit broader. I have most of my plants in pots, like most years. This year, however, I seem to have bought the wrong soil that basically made it all fail. But, I had a few 'rejects' that I was supposed to give away. I planted them in my garden after I couldn't find any takers. The thing is: I felt the soil in my garden wasn't ready yet at all. I had just bought new soil from a company. It was sieved of all organic matter (I wanted to start from scratch) and thus compacted like crazy. It felt like half-set concrete at times and would dry out in a flash. It was the whole reason I did a container grow in the first place.


It turns out that the plants in the garden are doing way (and by way I mean WAY) better than all of my container plants. Even after transplanting them a whole month later, they have caught up with all of my other plants. After seeing that success, I decided to dedicate another part of my garden to some peppers. They were a few more weeks behind on the rest, and even THEY caught up so easily.


Now I know getting the right potting soil is crucial. But even with a halfway medium soil I never seem to do as well as others on this forum. I'd like to be able to say the success of the garden plants is due to my green fingers, soil amending or perfect conditions, but none of that is true. I didn't feed or water them and yet they're doing so much better than the plants I HAVE been caring for. Of course, I know I'm working on a budget (just started a family etc.) so I can't expect the same results as some of you really dedicated growers. But even then I know there is so much to be gained. I've seen some people here growing plants in window sills in 5-litre pots that are bigger than my container plants outside!


This is turning into a bit of a rant so I'll try to end it. I think I'm reaching a point where I should be able to notice a positive difference in the plants that I take care of with the knowledge that I have. Yet I don't feel like I can notice that at all lately. As one of the reasons I'm here for is to learn from you guys, I would like to know what you guys think makes your container grows succeed.


TL;DR: I suck at gardening and I want to get better. Share your secrets!

#1571080 b3rnd 2018 - Giving this glog thing another try...

Posted by b3rnd on 26 July 2018 - 10:43 AM

Hey people! I've been slacking with my updates, sorry. My forum activity always seems to slow down at this time of the season. I have some pictures to show now. Ripe pods, hooray!

The weather's been great for peppers. Not so much for other stuff though. We're experiencing the worst drought in years. It's unbelievably warm. The peppers love it though. Unfortunately the ones I've planted in the wrong soil don't seem to want to do any better no matter what I try. I don't have the time nor funds to repot them all right now so I'll just have to accept it.

The plants in the ground are doing fantastic though. Better than I anticipated even.



A few of the in ground plants



Omnicolor plant filling up nicely



A Brazilian Starfish x Lemon Drop F1 pod



Different type of BS x LD F1 pod. I like this shape.



First ripe BS x LD F1 pod. The taste isn't really that prominent. It's not bad at all, but I hope it improves in later generations. It has some great tasting parents, so... The heat is almost fully located in the placenta, and the pod itself is basically heatless. 



BS x LD F1 pod cut open.



Duke Pequin X pod



Duke Pequin X pod cut open. Sonka, the source of the seeds, told me it was probably Frutescens x Annuum, but the smell of this pod reminded me a little of Chinense peppers. Not a smell expert though, take it with a grain of salt.



First Aji Angelo pod


#1567811 Thin-walled peppers

Posted by b3rnd on 14 July 2018 - 06:16 AM

Hey guys,


What are some other pepper varieties with thin walls? I've grown Aji Amarillo's that are pretty thin-walled. They even dried out on the plant back when I was in Portugal! It's a nice feature for when you're making powders. 

#1566995 b3rnd 2018 - Giving this glog thing another try...

Posted by b3rnd on 10 July 2018 - 02:01 PM

The pic is coming GIP, I forgot about it for a little bit, sorry!


I tried the Sugar Rush Peach pod yesterday! Very tasty, the sweetness is really apparent. Heat is pretty decent, definitely low enough to eat a fresh pod without dying. I can imagine some tasty Sugar Rush jam or something!

#1566679 DEA might have to rethink grow tech

Posted by b3rnd on 09 July 2018 - 01:34 PM

My country is one of the forerunners on this worldwide. We have huge in-door hydroponics farms all over the place, pretty cool stuff. Here's a cool article from National Geographic on it: 'How the Netherlands Feeds the World'.

#1565975 Sugar Rush Peach Pepper...NOT

Posted by b3rnd on 06 July 2018 - 05:55 PM


I fail to see any degree of humor in  my unfortunate purchase but if it's that funny to you feel free to keep ROFL.

Also, I would be happy to share where I purchased them.  They were from the Moab High School plant sale.  


He obviously wasn't laughing at you, but at the fact that so many people in a row posted 'poblano'..


Anyway, now I know I should never buy seeds from the Moab High School plant sale!

#1565692 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by b3rnd on 05 July 2018 - 02:04 PM

Damn, everyone's plants are doing so well. I'm almost ashamed to post a picture of mine. The soil I used really did a number on me... I'm going to change the soil this week to see if I can still catch up a bit. Season's almost in the end stage already though....

#1565605 b3rnd 2018 - Giving this glog thing another try...

Posted by b3rnd on 05 July 2018 - 07:09 AM

We have mostly compacted clay here, and anywhere, where i haven't 'built a bed', it's got poor drainage and becomes a big muddy mess after more than a day of rain. 

That + my inability to get around like i used to years prior, encouraged me to expand my grow bag gardening. 

and it was a learning curve for sure.  But i still find it easier than scooting around on my butt to garden and pull weeds 

I'll take elevated gardening: Whether it's; raised beds, or planters/pots/grow bags, etc. over that any day.

i cant walk behind a tiller anymore  :neutral:  and wouldn't feel right asking the Mrs. to do so without me being able to visibly instruct her at least.

Mrs. GIP, is amazing, and participates in more of my pepper gardening and processing, than i would have ever initially thought she would.

I think many of us chiliheads tend to get carried away with the desire to taste 'all of the chili's'  :lol:

and when you have the space, the only thing stopping you is; the cost and the time which can also equate to cost.

i really should cut back on the chilies for a year and focus on the berries and cherries. But, we all know i cant stop adding to my gotta grow pepper list  :crazy:


I've just learned to accept that i will always be fascinated with growing peppers

and the more the better

up until i cant properly care for them all  :oops:  then i'll need to cut back just a little 


If you get anything remotely like your hoping for with the Longhorn x Gusano, i'd be willing to help you grow it out  :cool:

if only because of curiosity. 

Were/are  your Aribibi plants from seeds i sent you ?

Aribibi Gusano is so prolific, and plenty hot, with such a neutral clean taste  :thumbsup:

a highly underrated pepper. 

 i thought i was growing thunder mountain longhorn this year, but; although they looked correct until ripening, none of them went Red  

:think: the seeds i got were maybe crossed or something, because, both of mine ripen to Orange.  :neutral:

Maybe i can pick up some pods in a trade from someone this year and still get to taste the correct Thunder Mountain Longhorn.  :)



best of luck and continued success in the garden 



I hear ya about the support of your SO. My gf is also very supportive of my hobby. Even though we can barely walk in our smallish garden because of all the peppers, haha! Most of us do get a little carried away, don't we?


I can understand your reasoning, container gardening can be very useful. You have a lot more control over a lot of things and it saves some work. But I also think there are extra variables that can go wrong. For example, I have a few plants in-ground now. They were rejects that I didn't have bigger containers for. I thought I'd give them a chance in the non-ideal soil. Lo and behold, they have caught up in no time to my container plants. I have to admit a lot of my containers are a bit too small (because of my budget I couldn't buy them all in the size I wanted), but I also f'ed up my choice of potting mix. I had a great deal on some bags that I thought I couldn't pass up on, but the mix turned out to be way too heavy to use in containers. The plants have a hard time rooting up, and they aren't doing great. Especially the plants in the smaller containers seem to have trouble with the mix, the ones in bigger pots a bit less. Half-way through I was out of mix so I bought a different kind, and the plants are doing much better in that.. 


I had really good hopes at the start of this season, but now about half of my plants are in the wrong potting mix. It's bumming me out a little (a lot), because I started out quite well.


Unfortunately, both of the Aribibi Gusano plants I have were planted in the wrong mix, so they're not growing how I'd like them to. They're producing though! I can't wait to try one. I'll share a picture of it in my next post!


If I can get a flower to set a pod, I will definitely keep that in mind! I really hope the cross will be as cool as I'm imagining. Now to get these damn pods to set.....

#1565415 Soil mixing

Posted by b3rnd on 04 July 2018 - 02:55 PM

Hey there friends,


I know there's a sticky on this subject, but the comment section is kind of a mess... I'd like to start a little convo about soil mixing. In Paul's topic on the PdN x Bonda community grow he mentioned I could check out the ingredients on Fox Farms soil mixes and try to mix it myself over here in Europe. I was checking it out and doing some reading, and I thought I'd love to discuss it a bit with you guys. I tried my hand at it one time back when I was in Portugal, but that was a very basic mix.


From what I could find it seems these are the main components of most popular soil mixes:


Earthworm castings
Bat guano
Fish meal
Peat moss
What would you add or remove, and why? 

#1565255 b3rnd 2018 - Giving this glog thing another try...

Posted by b3rnd on 04 July 2018 - 09:21 AM

Thunder Mountain x Arribibi Gusano?  Hysterical, I can't wait to see those.  Keep trying!


Haha, I will! I just pollinated 2 extra flowers yesterday. I think the cross could produce some pretty cool peppers.



i would have to say that could go a couple more days 

but maybe even on the counter at house temp. 

if it does start to lose weight sitting out on the counter for a day or two more, it will also be concentrating those flavours and sugars  ;)


me personally, i'd wait another day or two, then pick it, and even then, leave it on the counter and probably not be able to resist any longer after it started showing the tiniest sign of softening.  :D


i will also fully admit to many pods of several variation of Sugar Rush, never even making it into the house  :oops:

if you think an almost ripe one is good, your gonna love a fully ripe one  :)


They are delicious. and the more ripe you let them get, the sweeter they will be, without really changing the heat profile much except that there's more sugars.


garden is looking great by the way  :clap:




Thanks GIP! I will wait until they're fully ripe for sure, haha! I can't wait to try these babies. Even the name sounds delicious! 


The garden is doing its thing for sure. Right now I have a lot of clovers planted to prepare it for next season. The soil I put in the garden had basically no organic matter at all (I bought it per truck-load, I guess they sifted all of it out). It compacted like crazy every time it rained. And when it was dry for a week the soil would be so sandy that water would just run off it instead of getting absorbed. The clovers should get the soil nice and loose with their deep roots, and put in plenty of organic matter to make it more suitable. I can't wait for next season, growing in pots really isn't the same as in the ground! 

#1565253 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by b3rnd on 04 July 2018 - 09:13 AM

I dont know what to say, fellas. They went into the 1 3/4 gal. pots
From the beverage cups, so had a good amount of room for roots
to grow to fill up the pot. Used FF soils and good nutes monthly and
let them do their thing. I just finished putting them into the large containers


It has to be the soil and the ferts then! I see a lot of people use FF soils, what makes it so good? I ask because I can't get it here in Europe, but maybe I can find a comparable one somewhere.


I definitely realised this year that using the right soil is very important. I had a good deal on some soil that I used for the first few plants. It turned out to be way too heavy to use in pots. The rest of the plants are in another kind of soil and they are doing much, much better. It's a world of difference really. Not a lot I can do about it anymore either. Lesson learned for next year I guess! 

#1564871 b3rnd 2018 - Giving this glog thing another try...

Posted by b3rnd on 03 July 2018 - 11:11 AM

They sure look strange, but i also have plenty of seeds already that i have never tried to grow and the collection seems to grow every year.

Yeah that seems to be a recurring theme here on the forum. I have the same problem. The list of must-grows and favorites also seems to be growing at the same rate...

To the people who've grown Sugar Rush Peach: does this pepper look ripe to you or should I wait a few more days?


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#1564806 b3rnd 2018 - Giving this glog thing another try...

Posted by b3rnd on 03 July 2018 - 08:55 AM

Perhaps i will consider growing Aribibi Gusano next year, because the strange pod shape and the plant seems to be doing a lot of pods.


I love the shape! It's my first year growing them so I can't say anything about the taste, but of all my Chinense plants they produce the most pods.