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2022 - too early to get started...

My real start of the season is still months away but I couldn't resist to put something in the soil already - Tasmanian Black! :dance:

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I’ve had a very similar issue with my seedlings. The culprit wound up being too much light, in my case. Incidentally, my Scotch Bonnets (albeit TFM) also thrived under the light others yellowed and stalled under. Something to consider.

I should have caught it sooner, but didn’t think my lights were powerful enough. Easy to underestimate LEDs, I guess!
The thing is... I'm growing them in the same circumstances as I do every season... at least I think I do... but they just don't want to take off. Only those two papa dreadies did well so far and that confuses me.

Anyway... last year I started a couple of chinenses in May and they still managed to produce some fruits. Maybe I can give that a try this year also.
 

PaulG

Extreme Member
That's the spirit, Marc! 👍

Nothing ventured, nothing gained! :D
 
A couple of shots to show the immense growth of my seedlings 🤪
Sorry for the bad focus on some of the pics...

The white scotch bonnet...
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Stuffing scotch bonnet. I took this one out of the propagator just today. It's the youngest seedling of all and already has some true leaves growing!
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Carbonero...
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Beth Boyd scotch bonnet...
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Hot paper lantern habanero...
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Those all look so heathy… these are the guys who are stalled? That really is odd. Presumably, they don’t reckon conditions are quite right to take off… but they sure look like they could at any moment!

I reckon they’ll make up for this later with a burst of vigorous growth.
 

PaulG

Extreme Member
It takes awhile for the seedling roots to fill up those pots.
Once the roots touch the sides and bottom of the can,the
growth will take off. They may be slow, but they look good,
trues showing on most of them. Judging by the look of the
cotyledons, the JA Hablooks like it had a difficult time shed-
ding the seed husk.
 
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Those all look so heathy… these are the guys who are stalled? That really is odd. Presumably, they don’t reckon conditions are quite right to take off… but they sure look like they could at any moment!

I reckon they’ll make up for this later with a burst of vigorous growth.

They actually look better on the pictures than in reality. They are no longer under the grow lamps now. The papa dreadies are on the south faced window next to the overwinterers. The small seedlings are on top of the fridge in the veranda. They get diffused daylight an when the sun is out it gets quite warm up there. If that doesn't do the trick nothing will!
 
It takes awhile for the seedling roots to fill up those pots.
Once the roots touch the sides and bottom of the can,
the growth will take off. They may be slow, but they look
good. Judging by the look of the cotyledons, the JA Hab
looks like it had a difficult time shedding the seed husk.
Could well be the case, the other one didn't make it because of this... But this one does seem to do well despite the shape of the cotys...
 
But hey, who needs those seedlings anyway! 😎

Once those overwinterers start to set fruits I'll have plenty of bonnets available! 😀 Lots of flowers already and I found one that actually produced pollen so I took the opportunity to apply some pollen to the other flowers, hoping that this will start to set a couple of early fruits 😉

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I put my overwinterers back into their original pots today. I expected to find a root ball crammed with roots but that wasn't actually the case...
 
It looks like the recently germinated seedlings (JA red and stuffing SB) take off without problems while the growth of the others remains unchanged, even though they are all in the same spot...
I could restart some of the other varieties yet again but at this time I don't really feel like doing so. And my seed stock is a little depleted from doing all these trials also...
 
The Schneider Farms scotch bonnet is increasing in size very fast. And more are growing...

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In the mean time the stuffing scotch bonnet and JA Red habanero are doing fine...

Stuffing SB:
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JA Red hab:
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The Papa Dreadie G3 2021 seedlings : one is growing great, the other one not so much...

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This papa dreadie does not look healthy. It's not really growing either. I'm not sure what to do with it...

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The overwinterers ar doing great, I have had to give them a hair cut a couple of times already. I, might put them outside during the day as the sun is shining bright and temperatures are mild enough but I prefer to wait until I can leave them outside day and night...

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As for the other seedlings... I'm getting used to it... they didn't grow and started turning yellow so I got rid of them yet again. But I'm not giving up, I'm going to plant some seeds again and doing exactly as I did with the stuffing SB and JA Red which are doing fine. It's getting late in the season to start seeds now but I still have to try. The only problem is that, with all these trials, I'm running low on seeds...
 
Seeds of the 4th germination round are popping as we speak. I'm no longer going to post about them as long as I'm not sure they'll be doing fine, I already wrote enough of this kind of posts this season...🙄

Of course the varieties selected for the 4th round are a bit different from those of the previous rounds. Seed stock got exhausted, no more marabella market caramel for instance unfortunately. I'm now also germinating my very last white scotch bonnet seeds. To fill up the seed stock I ordered some fresh SB seeds from WHP. As usual Justin added quite a few extra varieties that I found interesting enough to give a try. I'll post about them when it appears that they're growing fine. I have 15 varieties sown right now and expect some may not germinate as the seeds are reasonably old already. To be continued... I hope 🙂

In the mean time the JA Red and Stuffing scotch bonnet are growing fine, as is the papa dreadie G3 2021. The other G3 2021 papa dreadie didn't make it though.
 
Status of the "survivors" 🙂

Stuffing scotch bonnet on the left, JA Red habanero on the right...
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Papa Dreadie G3 2021...
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The big ones from 2021 after yet another hair cut... the small one to the right is the Tasmanian Black...
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...and a quick peek in the propagator where the 4th round is germinating...
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PaulG

Extreme Member
Hey, Marc. If that JA Red Habanero is from me, watch
out for edema while they are indoors. My strain seems
susceptible to it for some reason. I actually tossed one
earlier this season due to a severe case. When they go
outside, they usually snap out of it.
 
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