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Parrot+ Pepper Glog 2023


This will be my first big foray in to pepper growing because of these two. Jasper (left) and Tin Tin (right) are my official taste testers. I myself have a fairly poor spice tolerance, tabasco is spicy for me but frank's red hot isn't so I'm working on it! The rest of my family have tolerance and my partner also appreciates spice so all is not lost, however.

So far the lineup is:

  • Espelette (sourced from a chef friend, the lines go back to the French Laundry chef's gardens in California and prior to that were smuggled out of France - I have 200 of these I'm willing to share while keeping my own stock too!)
  • Chile de Comida
  • Ancho
  • Bola
  • Hawk's Claw
  • El Incendo
  • Fish
  • Grandpa's Siberian Home
  • Mystery Hot (hot is relative, 1000-5000 SHU)
  • Mystery Sweet (up to 500 SHU)
  • Florida Bird
  • Alligator Tongue (anyone know anything about this pepper?)
  • Peach Habanero
  • Piri Piri
  • Aji Omnicolor
  • Aji Fantasy White

I also have a pack of entirely mystery seeds that I'll be germinating this week. Hopefully the Annuums in this mix don't get too big before planting out but you never know! Lots of overlap between my list and growyourown's so it'll be interesting to see the differences and similarities from our grows esp because our overlap is sourced from the same place.

If I grow any superhots out of the true mystery pack I'll give them to a friend who's a true spice fiend, I have another friend who is taking a few seedlings and the rest I'll try and figure out. For this reason I'm going to double cup hydroponic the true mystery pack, hoping they fruit fast and I can figure out what I'm dealing with (is this a good idea? Can you tell from the leaves sometimes which sub variety they are, instead of waiting for flower?) The mystery sweets and hots I'm planning on growing in 1 gallons (I want to try everything and if I really like a variety I'll save seeds for a bigger container next year).

The birds plants are Bola, Florida Bird, Piri Piri, Alligator Tongue and El Incendo. I haven't decided on a final pot size for these yet because they can only eat so much in a day, fresh or dried, but I have a few other parrot owners who would take a bumper crop if I have any. I might not start Grandpa's Siberian Home until fall as they apparently fruit in winter even with the low light. The rest are for your typical uses, I've yet to decide if I want to grow the Hawk's Claw or give them away because I'm up to my ears as a balcony grower already but I also might be moving at some point during the growing season so no matter what I'm all containers.

In any case I'm excited to see what the year holds. Now to figure out how many of each of my known varieties I'm starting!
Did my first second repot on a mystery! It’s been growing super quickly, I’m guessing it’s an annuum.

I know there’s some rules around here red cups, but what about blue ones? You’ll have to wait to see what other colours I have :shh:

Did some repotting and most of the first round got upgraded to cups - they were starting to suffer, a few with edema and one or two getting yellow tinged leaves. I’ll give them their first feed later today.

Blue = mystery
Green = Baccatum
Orange = Annuum
Purple = Chinense

I also finally got my pink trays in, with some purple ones not pictured as well. The little guys in the blue cells are photo bombing dahlias that I wanted to move under the good light for a little bit, don’t mind them.

Is this enough colour for you now @Ratatouille?
Got an update from my mother today. Everything seems to be going well, I’ve put in a request to rotate some of the plants to avoid lean. She decided to not use the grow light I set up for my grow off plants + a few others so the “others” are a bit leggy but the grow off seems like they can recover. They are top right, closest to the window. Otherwise, my old piano bench is turning in to a forest!

She also told me that Tin Tin, the blue parrot, has taken an interest in all the plants there and now enjoys flinging soil around. Seeing as we have a small jungle next to the bird cages this is pretty unusual but the pots there are bigger so maybe that’s why these have caught her eye?

Also, I have no idea who/what the interloper in the white pot is. I don’t think it’s one of my flower seedlings, so it must be something of hers!


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The ones already in cups. I came back and immediately got hit with COVID so it’s slow going over here. Doing a bit of repotting today. I know I should probably trim some of the early flowers from the Espelettes but I almost can’t bring myself to!


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Making a nice mess out here. 21c and light breeze on the balcony so it’s babies first time out while I do some repotting. The cups stayed the same, repotted they annuums that erupted right before my trip in to the bigger black containers but honestly im not happy with them so I’ll probably repot again in to cups again because I want the colours. Why am I like this?
First off let me say I love your blue quaker I think He\She is adorable... Second, Im growing Baccatum piri piri's as well (Portuguese piri piri) lease that's what I was told ( mine got huge last year 6ft tall it was amazing) ... Good luck with your growing season.
Finally turning the corner with COVID. It’s been a long week+. For now, here’s my mothers banana pepper which is somehow still hanging in there despite being booted outside and dealing with temps from 2c to 20+ in the last week