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Coach's 2015 Overwhelming Grow

Final Grow List- Updated 3/25/15- 152 Varieties, Around 280 plants:
7 Pot Brain Strain, Red

7 Pot Brain Strain, Yellow

7 Pot Bubblegum, Red

7 Pot Burgundy

7 Pot Caramel

7 Pot Chaguanas

7 Pot Jonah x PDN, F3

7 Pot Jonah, Red

7 Pot Primo, Orange

7 Pot Primo, Red

7 Pot Primo, Yellow

7 Pot White

7 Pot Yellow

7 Pot Yellow x Bhut Jolokia India Carbon

Aji Amarillo

Aji Bolivian Long

Aji Brazilian Starfish

Aji Colorado

Ají Dulce, Orange

Ají Fantasy

Aji Jobito

Aji Lemon Drop

Aji Melocoton

Ají Omnicolor

Aji Panca

Aji Pineapple

Aji Queen Laurie

Aleppo

Ancient Sweet

Bad Brains

Bahamian Goat

Banana, Sweet Monster Heirloom

Bell, Lilac

Bell, Yellow

Bhut Jolokia, India Carbon

Bhut Jolokia, Peach

Bhut Jolokia, Purple

Bhut Jolokia, Red

Bhut Jolokia, White

Bhut Jolokia, Yellow

Bhut Orange Copenhagen

Bih Jolokia, Caramel

Bishop's Crown

Black Stinger

Bonda ma Jacques


Bonda ma Jacques x Yellow 7 Pot

Carolina Reaper

Cayenne, Purple

Cayenne, Ring of Fire

CGN 21500

CGN 21566

Chiltepe, Guatemalan Long

Chiltepe, Guatemalan Cone

Chiltepin x Reaper

Cinnamon Bell

Condor's Beak

Congo, Chocolate

Congo, Peach

Cumari do Para

Datil

Devil's Tongue, White

Dulcetta, Orange

Ethiopian Berbere

Fatalii x TSMB, Yellow

Fatalii, Black

Fatalii, Chocolate

Fatalii, Peach

Fatalii, Peach cross

Fatalii, Red

Fatalii, White

Fatalii, Yellow

Fish

Goat's Weed

Golden Treasure

Goronong

Grif 9304- Colombian Lightning

Habanero, Bolivian Bumpy Yellow

Habanero, Carolina Yellow

Habanero, Chocolate

Habanero, Dominican Huge Orange

Habanero, Galapagos- Isabel

Habanero, Large Red Belize Market

Habanero, Mustard Lightning

Habanero, Orange

Habanero, Paper Lantern

Habanero, Peach

Habanero, Red Savina

Habanero, St. Bart's

Hair

Hungarian Yellow Wax (mild)

Jalapeno, Biker Billy

Jalapeno, Early

Jalapeno, Long

Jalapeno, Purple

Jalapeno, Yellow x 7 Pot Bubblegum

Jamaican Mushroom, Yellow

Japones

Jay's Peach Ghost Scorpion

Jay's Red Ghost Scorpion

Jwala

Manzano, Caballo Amarillo 

Naga Morich

Naga, Black

Nagabrain, Chocolate

Peach Wasp

Pepperoncini, Greek

Pepperoncini, Italian

Peruvian Serlano

PI 199506- Aji Guyana

PI 281424- PR Mushroom

Pimenta Leopard

Prik Chi Faa

Purple Flash

Rainforest

Red Hot Cherry

Red Savina x Fatalii Red

Red Savina x Fatalii Yellow

Red Savina x Fatalii, Chocolate

Rocoto, Orange

Rocoto, Red

Rooster Spur

SB7J (mushroom pheno)

Scotch Bonnet x Naga Morich

Scotch Bonnet, Burkina Yellow

Scotch Bonnet, Cappuccino

Scotch Bonnet, Chocolate

Scotch Bonnet, MoA red

Scotch Bonnet, MoA yellow

Serrano

Shishito

Shumenski Rotund

Star of Turkey

Stuffed Red Giant

Sukari

Sulu Adana

Superhot Cross, Yellow

Tabasco

Tepin x Lemon Drop

Thai, Large Orange

Trinidad Beans

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, Brown

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, Red

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, Yellow

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T

Trinidad Scorpion CARDI, Red

Trinidad Scorpion CARDI, Yellow

Trinidad Scorpion Sweet

Trinidad Scorpion, Chocolate

Unidentified Brain Strain Cross, Red

Wiri Wiri

Xalapa

Yalova Charleston

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I've got a 3 shelf, 70"x48"x24" unit as my main indoor system. Being in North Carolina, I can put plants into the ground in mid-April. I've got other shelves to use when needed.
 
INTRO
I coach high school Cross Country & Track.
I teach AP Psychology. People say psychology majors are the people who need help the most. I was a History major, but people who spend a lot of time thinking about psychology may self-diagnose at times. Maybe. No one's ever told me I'm OCD. I'm super messy, but I do have a major "all or nothing" theme in my life. I run 100 mile races. I haven't washed my car or had it washed since 1991. I only wear 3 colors of shirts- black, navy & green (& only green because it's a school color). Maybe I have a problem. :) Why would peppers be any different?
 
I've always had gardens of some size- even if just 6-8 tomato plants & a couple of squash. In 2014, I expanded my garden exponentially. Still have a lot of fall/winter crops. I've never grown peppers or tomatoes from seed & only grew jalapenos, habaneros, bells, cayenne & tabasco. In mid-October, I only had 5 varieties of pepper seeds. Two months, later, I have 220, thanks to stumbling across this site & benefiting from the generosity of the folks on this site. Expanded my seed stockpile through giveaways, trades, harvesting from pods, and buying just a few. Incredibly generosity here. I've paid forward some of that, though my stock is limited to 5-10 seeds for most varieties minus what I have or will grow this season.
 
I've had a ton of questions & I've made a lot of mistakes so far. Hopefully this will evolve into more of voice of experience in a few months, but now, I suppose the glog is more a consolidation of advice seeking.
 
HISTORY TO DATE
The plan is to plant a total of six 1020 flats with 48 cells in each & to spread it out roughtly a month apart- two Nov. 1, two Dec. 1 & two Jan. 1.
 
I started germinating some seeds in bags October 26 but followed up 10 days later with seeds in soil. I didn't notice a difference in germination rates or speed between the two methods so I won't use bags in the future. I was a little impatient with germination, but after planting 2 seeds in each of 96 cells, I ended up with 88 seeds that popped. Not quite 50%, but it's a learning process. Almost all of the last set of seeds I planted sprouted. Problems were:
* Planted too deep
* Compacted soil too much
* Not ideal mix of soil. Used a mix of 3 store bought mixes with added Vermiculite. The one I used most heavily had too much mulchy compost. Have since improved with finer soil & Perlite.
* Temperature wasn't that consistent early on. 
 
I have all of that worked out for later germination.
 
I will complete the last of the 2nd wave of planting this week. 
 
OTHER PROBLEMS
BUGS
About 3 weeks ago, I came home to little tiny orange bugs on the underside of the cotyledons & tiny gray flying bugs- fewer of the gray ones. I sprayed insecticidal soap and the orange guys didn't last long. The tiny gray ones are still around but not in great numbers. I see one flying around a few times a day. 
 
YELLOWING
I've had about 6-8 seedlings die after yellowing. I'm positive I overwatered a little early. Last week, nearly ALL of my seedlings were looking a little yellow. I have watered very sparingly in the past 3-4 weeks. Every couple of days, some shrivel up & I give them a tiny bit of water. A few hours later, they bounce back. Besides that, I haven't really watered in the past 2 weeks. I changed my lighting around 3 days ago & have seen some changes... Was using one set of two 4" T8 lights with two 23w/1600 lumen CFLs on a clip & one 65w/950 lumen light for some heat. T8s were probably too far from the plants- maybe 16". 3 days ago, I added a second T8 fixture & ditched the other lights. I dropped the T8s to about 6" from the plants. The leaves seemed to have darken up a bit in the 3 days since. Today, I added some reflective insulation. I've had the lights on 18 hours/day. Temps have been a steady 82 degrees when they're on & 70 when they're off.
 
 
LIGHT BURN?
One of the reasons I got rid of the CFLs is because I couldn't put them anywhere except very close to the plants & noticed some darkened leaves in places where I left a CFL for several hours. Since then & since putting the four T8s on them 3 days ago, I've seen some dark spots form on the leaves that I don't remember being there before. 
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Sorry you'll have to tilt your head. Several leaves are spotty like this after moving T8s down to about 5-6" from seedlings. A few were very dark after being very close to CFLs.
NO REAL LEAVES YET??
I only have ONE seedling with anything but cotyledons. That one has had it for 2 weeks but hasn't really grown since. There are a few other seedlings that are developing other leaves but they haven't fully developed yet. Should this be a concern since some of these seedlings sprouted a month ago?
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My only true leaves. Notice leaves aren't very dark. Yellow Fatalii.      Yellow daying seedlings. About 6-8 have died.
 
I know this is a wordy post but just trying to establish some background.
Seeds started between October 26-November 7 that sprouted & are still alive:
7 Pot Primo, Red
7 Pot White
Aji Pineapple
Bahamian Goat
Bhut Jolokia, Peach
CGN 21500
Cinnamon Bell
Datil
Fatalii, Black
Fatalii, Chocolate
Fatalii, White
Fatalii, Yellow
Habanero, Galapagos- Isabel
Habanero, White Bullet
Peach Wasp
Rainforest
Rocoto, Red
Scotch Bonnet, MoA red
Scotch Bonnet, MoA yellow
Thai, Large Orange
Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, Brown
Trinidad Scorpion Sweet
 
Seeds started between December 2-8. A few more planned this week & then a 3rd wave around January 1.
7 Pot Bubblegum, Red
7 Pot Chaguanas
7 Pot Jonah x PN, F3
7 Pot Jonah, Red
Aji Amarillo
Aji Bolivian Long
Aji Brazilian Starfish
Aji Colorado
Aji Lemon Drop
Aji Melocoton
Bad Brains
Bhut Jolokia, Red
Carolina Reaper
Dystopia (7 Pot Bubblegum variant)
Fatalii, Peach
Goronong
Habanero, Black
Habanero, Bolivian Bumpy Yellow
Habanero, Chocolate
Habanero, Mustard Lightning
Habanero, Paper Lantern
Habanero, Pastel Orange
Habanero, Peach
Jalapeno, Biker Billy
Jalapeno, Early
Jay's Peach Ghost Scorpion
Manzano, Yellow
Pimenta Leopard
Red Savina x Fatalii Red
Red Savina x Fatalii Yellow
Scotch Bonnet x 7 Pot Jonah yellow
Scotch Bonnet, Chocolate
Star of Turkey
Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, Red
Trinidad Scorpion Butch T
Trinidad Scorpion CARDI, Red
Trinidad Scorpion CARDI, Yellow
Yellow Jal x 7 Pot Bubblegum
 
Still working on the list for the last 35 or so varieties. Most annuums will go in the last round of planting.
 
Meteora 360 said:
Wooow! Great pods! The Peach Ghost Scorpion looks great! Nice colour
Thanks. It is a favorite. 
 
Peter S said:
Pods are looking nice Coach! Have you started planning next year's grow yet?
Thanks. Haha. You know... always planning. As I think I want to scale back I also look through my list of seeds & think of all of the great things I want to try out next year. I definitely identified some things I didn't care for this year & things I'll do differently. Here are some general guidelines:
 
* Already have a ton of yellows but plan on even more! Love the look & taste & the fact that most aren't as hot as reds or browns. Yellow 7, Yellow BS, Bad Brains, etc seem to be my threshold while Reaper, Red Primo, etc seem to be too much for me in raw form (like the powder though).
 
* It's OK to plant peppers for beauty & fun & not just for production. I don't think I'll plant many ornamentals but I will plant a few things I think are visually appealing (pods or plants) that I may not care to eat. 
 
* Big reduction of annuums. Besides jalapenos & sweets, I didn't eat many. I'll keep a few others but not many. 
 
* Slight reduction of baccatums. 
 
* Eliminate so so crosses but increase truly unique ones. 
 
* Plant 4-6 plants of a few varieties I know people will want so I can sell & offset costs. Rather than offer 180 varieties- most of which people don't want, I may plant 100 varieties but only try to sell something like 10-20. 
 
* Put more effort into non-pepper garden. I was sick for all of July & barely left the bed. Also recordbreaking highs this year with temps over 95 much of the summer. AND starting a brand new big garden... well, it didn't work out well. The peppers were great but that's about it. I gave up on most everything else.  
 
That's probably a lot more than you wanted to know- ha, but I'm developing a list that I'll narrow soon. Should have a very good idea of what I'll plant mid-November.
MoA Scotch Bonnet on the left. SB7J Yellow on the right. Got seeds from Cloudhand. He said they were supposed to be red but his were yellow. Good to see mine were too. Thick walled. Good taste. Not superhot.
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Big CARDI Red:
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Fataliis:
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Rick if I could recommend just one yellow variety it would be the NeBru7 ( Trinidad Yellow SB x 7 pot Jonah) ... have grown this for the past three seasons and it will again be on my list for next season. More than happy to forward you some seed
 
Trident chilli said:
Rick if I could recommend just one yellow variety it would be the NeBru7 ( Trinidad Yellow SB x 7 pot Jonah) ... have grown this for the past three seasons and it will again be on my list for next season. More than happy to forward you some seed
Did someone say seeds?? Of course I want. :) Do you have pictures?

Nevermind. I googled. Looks good. The Hippyseed description "bigger than golfballs" got me. :) I'll PM you. Maybe we can trade more.
THANKS!
 
Comptine said:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe you were growing Aji Jobito. Did you end up getting some pods? I'm really curious to hear about this one.
I just thought about this the other day. I had several plants with missing labels & 3-4 of my last plants started died. I never saw the Jobito. Think that was one that died. Sounds silly to be so careless & not know but I had my hands full.
 
In other news, I was running a 24 hour race October 17- 3 mile trail loop you do over & over. I fell just 7 miles into it & messed my knee up and cracked a rib. Lot of pain but I kept going until mile 33 when I fell again. Cracked another rib on the other side, hit my head on a rock, hurt my shoulder & broke my arm in multiple places. Ouch. Major ouch. I'm in a cast from my hand to shoulder almost. 8 days later, the arm hurts & is immobile but the ribs hurt more than anything. Hard to get around. Ugh.
Also, 10 day forecast shows no frost yet. I'll try picking 3-4 SFRBs for sale this week. ...put a bunch in the freezer... because I only have a bazillion in there already. :)
 
Still no frost but about 8" of rain & cool temps over the first 9 days of November. 
 
Picture time.
CGN 21566:
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Wiri Wiri & Cumari do Para:
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Pimenta de Neyde. When are these ripe? This is the lightest pod I've had.
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Caramel 7 Pot:
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7JPN Variation:
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7JPN x Moruga Scorpion (2 phenos from different plants). Love the color on the lantern shaped ones.
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Bishop's Hat & Aji Fantasy:
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Yellow Billy Boy Douglah:
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Rainforest. Normal pheno is red but I have one branch with these white pods. Not worth saving. Bad taste. Reds are good.
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Chocolate Nagabrains:
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PI 199506- Aji Guyana (yellow one) & PI 260566- Aji Bolivian Long (red one)
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I planted one SB7J plants from a yellow variation Cloudhand gave me seeds for. All pods were yellow. Planted one plant from a red pod & all were red except this one yellow pod. 
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Wow that sauce looks fantastic. Bet it's pretty hot. That's a lot of peppers. I just caught up on your glog. Hell of a season. Are you all healed up from your fall?

Good luck on your continued gardening success!
 
Ozzy2001 said:
Wow that sauce looks fantastic. Bet it's pretty hot. That's a lot of peppers. I just caught up on your glog. Hell of a season. Are you all healed up from your fall?

Good luck on your continued gardening success!
Thanks. Very hot. OK taste. I am ready to get started on my first ferment. It was a great season with remarkably no problems. Arm is out of the cast but still hurts a lot 8 weeks later. Can't really turn a key in a lock or lift much of anything. I'll live. Thanks again!
And so it begins. ...long exhale. :)
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