Will a 8 inch pot be big enough for one Carolina Reaper Plant?
twisterdude1009 said:Will a 8 inch pot be big enough for _one_ Carolina Reaper Plant?
dang I really don't have space for a 5 gallon bucket for all my peppers.
do you place the strip in the middle of the pot or the edge of the pot ? I'm thinking of giving this a try.cycadjungle said:For me, I found that the plants don't get root bound during the first year in a 3 gallon pot, which is a 10 inch pot. That gives me a chance to put it in a 7 gallon pot the next season. Moving it up gives you a chance to refresh the soil that may have compacted a bit, or depending on the soil components, they might have degraded a bit. 8 inches is a little small, but may work, but just for the first season. People grow big plants in small pots when they hydro, so I have played with something that helps. First, I use Nutricote 360 that gives great feeding for an entire year, so you don't have to worry about running out of nutrients. With hydro, the plants get all the moisture it needs. I bought a capillary pad for about $12 online. I cut it in 2 inch strips to the length that it will go all through the container and hang out the bottom hole about 3 inches. I place the pot over a Tupperware full of water and the plant gets all the water it wants, but never to much. I found that the plants grow much faster and got bigger than the ones without the set up. It is worth a try.
I second this advice. I have 3 yr old reapers in 15gal and they love it! Go bigSavinaRed said:If you want a small plant with a few pods. If you want a more productive plant with allot more pods you should at-least have a 3.5 gallon pot as a minimum and preferably a 5 gallon. Most here will tell you to have anywhere from 10-15 gallon size for the largest and most productive plants.
hope this helps !
slade122 said:I'm growing in mainly 5 gallon pots with coco coir. I'll likely leave them there until next year unless some of the plants could really more root space. Got to fit as many as possible in the greenhouse over the winter, and still have room for getting my starts going and being able to move.
I have a feeling that a number of them will need more space though, as they've already taken all of the root space in a 5 gallon.
Actually, I let the 2 inch strip hang down out of the bottom hole, but then I cut the strip in half and pull it to just below the top of the pot, (leaving it above the soil could wick out moisture from the soil into the air) where the strips evenly separate the soil in 3, close to equal parts. For a 7 gallon container, I made the strip about 3 inches wide and cut the top part into 3 strips to get more uniform moisture. Once those roots catch hold, it works great. If I am putting s rooted 1 gallon plant into a 7, i will usually just put the strips on either side of the root area so the roots get the moisture right away. I used to grow African violets the same way, but with wick strings. People make bigger wicks, but they really don't work well, but these capillary pads wick great. I also start a lot of seeds and 4 inch plants the same way, just with the pad material in the bottom of a tray with the pots sitting on top.SavinaRed said:do you place the strip in the middle of the pot or the edge of the pot ? I'm thinking of giving this a try.
slade122 said:When it's dry you can push a bit on the outsides of the pots, and give it a tug from the main stem, if a decent amount of media falls loose, it's not ready.
Once you up pot, should take about 3-4 weeks for it to fill it out if growth is good and the plant is healthy. If it hasn't, it may have reached it's peak rootball, or environmental conditions have prohibited it from doing so at optimal rates.
I was reading another post in another thread about you recently getting some tiger bloom. I would highly suggest getting some General Organics cal/mag and Fox Farm's "Big Bloom" to go with it. Tiger bloom runs short on cal-mag and the big bloom supplies micro-nutrients that a plant can be deprived of, especially if ferting heavily with Tiger Bloom.
The first signs of it are yellowing veins, so keep an eye out.