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Growing in the Pacific NorthWest Community GrowLog

There have been several yearly PNW grow logs, the last in 2017,
so @FGpepperguy and I thought it might be a good idea to start
an on-going glog for the PNW. This is a community glog, so anyone
is free to post here, whether in the PNW or not. Hopefully, this forum
thread will provide for some information sharing particular to growing
in our crazy, unpredictable weather.

So, that being said, welcome all. Don't be strangers!

"Yes, we can grow chili peppers in the
Pacific NorthWest! Usually."
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PaulG

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Not a lot of pods on the JA Red Habanero,
but the ones there are great. Nice and large
with a consistent blocky shape.Maybe 8-10
still left to pick. These are the closest to picking.
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PaulG

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A few more pods. I guess our PNW season wasn't entirely a bust!

This is the 6th picking of Padrones. Two plants kept us in pods
the whole season. Ate them with bbq and paella 'parties'.
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I let three Padróns go all the way red for seeds.
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Third picking of Inca Red and one more to go,
maybe two if weather holds.
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What a great October. I guess its suppose to be 80f this Saturday. I'm getting some ripening now.
The Fatalli is looking good and has a great taste but wow its' hot.





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The next one that also tastes great is the Primo x Lemon drop. Its also hot.

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The last 2 pictures are supposed to be Jigsaw x naga viper. The red peppers look like I should expect.
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The last Picture is also grown from the same jigsaw x viper seeds. It has the chocolate pods and a different shape. The plants grew very similar but the pods are entirely different. Perhaps some genetics from chocolate jigsaw?
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PaulG

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Hey, Mr. @mcbob! Wow, some great looking PNW
pods coming for you. In our neighborhood, we are
in the middle of a couple of weeks of 80˚F weather.
That has lifted my spirits regarding this season's
grow considerably.

Nothin' wrong with some chocolate pods. They are
really my favorites for powder.

Nice work, my friend!
 
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Hey, Mr. @mcbob! Wow, some great looking PNW
pods coming for you. In our neighborhood, we are
in the middle of a couple of weeks of 80˚F weather.
That has lifted my spirits regarding this season's
grow considerably.

Nothin' wrong with some chocolate pods. They are
really my favorites for powder.

Nice work, my friend!
Thanks Paul. I do have to figure out just what I will do with all these peppers. I have dried a few this year and also have some sauce fermenting.
The problem is I'm the only one in the family that likes food hot.
I'm looking at over 200 pods from just my sugar rush plants and really have no idea what to do with them.
I may have over did things. I guess its my nature
How do you use your harvest?
 
Weather is nice, but Fall is definitely in the air. Lots
of leaf drop, but ripening proceeding apace.
Hey @PaulG - since you mentioned leaf drop - I just started noticing some on my plants. At what point would you consider starting to shelter the plants to let the last pods ripen? Still pending to save some seeds from them, and the night temps are getting into the mid 40s right now...
 

PaulG

Extreme Member
I may have over did things. I guess its my nature
How do you use your harvest?
It's hard to use so many pods, alright. I give a
lot to my neighbor to ferment, and share some with
friends. The rest I dry and store for powder, but I'm
running out of storage space for the glass jars. One
reason I'm not growing so much going forward.
 

PaulG

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Hey @PaulG - since you mentioned leaf drop - I just started noticing some on my plants. At what point would you consider starting to shelter the plants to let the last pods ripen? Still pending to save some seeds from them, and the night temps are getting into the mid 40s right now...
I have already moved some Glabriusculums and
wilds that haven't started ripening yet into the
greenhouse. Some of the other portable ones
will go under the deck canopy when the rain starts
so they can ripen without getting waterlogged.
 

PaulG

Extreme Member
Wow. Twelve out of fifteen days over 80˚F (27˚C) this
month. That has done wonders for the pepper plants.
Looks like we are in the last days of that stretch, fore-
cast for high 70's and cooling for the second half of
the month. Also forecast says a week of rain begin-
ing around Oct. 22.

Greenhouse has been nice and warm during the past
weeks of nice weather. Glad it has cooled down a bit
from the high temps of July, August and September.
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PaulG

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Plants in greenhouse doing great. Purple flower c. chacoense
and Tepin @pshngo only ones to ripen berries so far, but most
of the rest have set a ton of pods. Hard to get a decent photo
in there, but here's a look at the individual plants.

The Rocopica (c. cardenasii x XL Brown Rocoto) from
@CaneDog has finally set a few berries after dropping
hundreds of flowers all season long. Also developed a
better growth habit after another trimming to get rid of
the trailing branches.
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Photo bombinbg Chaco and Red Tepin left and right, respectively.

Purple flower c. chacoense.
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Chiltepin 'Dwarf'. A really beautiful plant.
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Red Tepin, @Pr0digal_son. This plant has the correct
berry phenotype compared to the 'Giant' pods on the
other plant.
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PaulG

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The outdoor c, chinenses in the 15T Nursery containers
are kickin' it in the pod department. Not so much in the
ripening department.

Best Bhut Orange Copenhagen, @MarcV, I have ever had.
Too bad it won't have a chance to ripen up all these pods.
Has managed two ripe ones so far.
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Fatali, @CaneDog.
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Purple Thunder F4 '2019' orange.
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PaulG

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Picked a few more pods.
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Love the 'Fall Color'.
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The string is the length of the circumference of the habanero,
7 inches (18 cm), 2.23 inch diameter!

Largest pod so far. Still a few biggies stating to ripen on the plant.
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MarcV

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That tiny BOC seedling grew into a proper plant then! That is a very nice looking fruit!
And that JA red is huge! 😲
 
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PaulG

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Wow :eek: @FGpepperguy! You have created a beautiful
grow space. From the terraced steps to the awesome
greenhouse, one heck of a job! :cheers: Looks like
you had some furry friend support.

I'm thinking 6x8 or close to to?

And lights! :party:
 
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