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OZZZ 2022

Hey everyone.

Recently we moved to Arizona and this is my first time trying to grow outdoors here so we will see how it goes. We got here last year in June and for experimental purposes I planted a cayenne, scotch bonnet and a morouga scorpion that overwintered naturally outdoors and are still going now, although they don’t look the best. I planted them late last year so the SB and the morouga didn’t produce anything at all, but the cayenne was productive. Now the SB from last year is loaded, while the morouga produced only a single pepper so far.

In January or February I started a bunch of others, another MOA, a fatalli, yellow 7 pot, Caribbean Red, and a red 7 pot.

I have them all in white ceramic pots and I tapped into my landscaping irrigation line and ran drip emitters to each pot. I’m hoping I have the water needs dialed in. Obviously it gets hot as hell here but yet I don’t want to overwater them either. Our tap water is very high PPM too… it’s about 1.0 EC straight from the tap, but the PH is 6.5 at least.

I think each pot is around 7-10 gallons in volume, and I have 2 - 1/2 GPH emitters in each pot running for 30 minutes every morning. I don’t have a ton of flexibility in this aspect because the landscaping is in the same line…. So if I need to adjust the water needs to each pot I need to swap out the emitters to a higher or lower flow rate but I am locked into a 30 minute run time every morning. So far they are doing ok but lately we are peaking 100 degrees and they are getting beat down by the afternoon sun, so I have ordered a 50% shade cloth and am waiting for the hardware to arrive to get it installed …. that should offer some relief.

From Back to front we have 7 pot yellow, Caribbean Red, MOA SB, 7 pot Red and in front a Fatalli. These were all planted this year around Jan/Feb:


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The yellow 7 pot is producing pretty well, I probably have around 20 pods on it so far and more appearing by the day:

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The second MOA SB is starting to push pods also, she seems like she just woke up and is just getting started:

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The Caribbean red is loading up also, while the 7 pot red and the fatalli are not pushing pods yet. They seem much slower either that or they just aren’t as happy.

Here’s the plants that are still alive from last year. First up the cayenne…. The foliage doesn’t look great but she has loaded herself up again with new peppers:

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….. and the MOA SB from last year…. Her foliage also doesn’t look the best but she is loaded up pretty well. Maybe 20-30 pods

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…. And the morouga scorpion that isn’t doing much other than the one ripe pepper I got off of it already.


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The yellow 7 pot is beat up from the downpour as well, but appears to have established a strong enough root system that she was able to stay in place

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I put in 3 new super Bhut jolokia seedlings. That are still getting hardened off so a little unhappy at the moment

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…. A Thai pepper plant I scored seeds of while I was eating in a local Thai resteraunt

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The second Bih Jolokia x sugar rush peach. Not doing much, there must not be enough nutrients in the raised bed so I recently top dressed everyone with worm castings and will start feeding them with liquid feed.

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…. And I have given up on the outdoor autopot experiment for now, and pulled the Carolina reaper out of its coco autopot and planted it directly into the raised bed. Hopefully she will green back up and recover from the Pythium issue now that she’s out of the autopot.

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Everyone is coming along!

The MOAs have exploded from the high N feed and are now big enough so I’ve switched them to a bloom mix and they are starting to push out flowers.

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…. And the plants in the 20 gallon grow bags are doing great, growing very fast

The Bih Jolokia x Sugar Rush Peach


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The Super Bhut Jolokia


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….. and the Super Bhut Jolokia x (Pink Tiger x Peach Bhut)


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The chocolate Hab (left) and the second Super Bhut x (Pink Tiger x Peach Bhut)

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..….. and the raised bed has went through some changes. I planted the autopot plants directly into the raised bed and they are doing great although the seedlings aren’t growing nearly as fast as the 20 gallon grow bags which tells me the used soil I put into the bed is lacking…. I guess it wasn’t amended enough, probably needs more quality compost or worm castings. For now though I’m feeding them liquid nutes and that seems to be helping.

Left to right a Thai pepper plant, another Bih Jolokia x sugar rush peach seedling and the Carolina reaper that was previously in the sutopot

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Here we have a morouga monster (center) and two super Bhut jolokia seedlings (to the Left and right of the Morouga monster)

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…. A 7 pot yellow (left) and the same super bhut seedling from previous photo


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….. and the burned up fatali that is making a comeback

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PaulG

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You are getting a patio full of green plants looking really good.
 
Not the best day to take a picture because they have been getting rained on all day but I figured an update was needed.

They all have exploded in growth. Temps are cooling down…. But they aren’t producing many blooms. Some of them are producing a few but not many. I think the nutes I was using was too high in nitrogen and has made them explode in growth but it’s weak vine-like growth. I’ll switch to a fertilizer with little to no N and more PK and see what that does. Outdoor chili experimentation continues 🤣🤣🤣

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