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Signs of Life

Wow, what a weekend!

I took a pilgrimage to hot sauce mecca, and whence I returned, the pepper gods being pleased, doth bestowed upon me the gift of seedlings!

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After only 5 days the first seedlings are sprouting!  The white specs you see are actually tiny little stems.  I’m taking this a sign of my dedication to the spicy, and not a sign that I was shipped the wrong seeds (stay positive people).  Once they get a little bigger I will move them into a separate container and start getting them some window-sill sun.  

As I mentioned, the little lady and I took a day trip to the valhalla of hot sauce:

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Avery Island, LA is the birth place of Tobasco sauce, and home to a huge pepper farming operation.  Unfortunately the pepper farm was off limits, but we took a nice little tour of the factory and saw how the hot sauce was made.  They ferment/age that stuff for 3 years, I won’t have that kind of patience!

There were some token pepper plants spread around the grounds we were allowed to access (look closely to the right of sign in the picture above), here is what the unripe tobascos look like up close:

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That is one bushy plant, and probably several years old!

Around here, the cayenne and cajun belle’s are ripening nicely:

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I’m hoping to see some more sprouts this week, so stay tuned as I might go ahead and move some of the early ones into a new container.  Exciting stuff.

Also, I’m going to test my patience and see if I can let a few jalapenos turn red so I can make a hot sauce with them and some cayennes.

That’s all for today, thanks for reading!

Stay true to the path of the spicy, friends

 

 

 

State of the Garden

While the Scorpion Moruga and Cajun Belle seeds are peacefully germinating, I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the other plants.

As I mentioned in the last post, the pepper garden consists of jalapenos, cayennes, cajun belles, and sweet bell peppers.  I also have a tomato plant, an eggplant plant, and barely a squash plant.

Hot peppers on papa’s patio:

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Jalapeno:

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Cajun Belle, ripening nicely, I might add:

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Cayenne:

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Cayenne, with weird ripe spot:

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I also have some plants in a small plot in the yard.  Due to poor planning, the plot gets 4 hours of sun per day, so I’m not expecting as much production.  That said, I do have 3 tomatoes and 2 bell peppers that are hanging out, we’ll see how long they take to ripen.

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Green tomato (will be tough not to fry if it keeps that hue for long):

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“Yellow” Bell Pepper

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That’s all she wrote for this entry.  Next up might be making some hot sauce with the jalapenos and cayennes once I get a decent harvest.

Vaya con peppers amigos

Sewing Seeds

I ordered seeds for the Scorpions from Amazon, hopefully from a good source.  I also saved seeds from a recently harvested Cajun Belle pepper.  I currently have 1 jalapeno, 2 cayenne, and  1 cajun belle pepper plant in pots on the patio.  I bought these plants from local home improvement stores in the spring.  Jalapeno a few months ago:

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*Ignore the hibiscus marker.  Plant shenanigans.

I am trying 2 separate methods for germination:  wet paper towel in ziploc, and jiffy greenhouse

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I am putting both types of seeds in ziplocs and in the greenhouse, hopefully to see if one or the other works better.  The greenhouse uses “peat-pods” that are the light brown discs in the picture above.  When water is added they puff up and become little pods of peat that the seeds are sewn in.

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Once the seeds are sewn, a cover is placed over the whole apparatus to keep a nice moist environment.  Super-hot peppers such as the Moruga Scorpions like to germinate in temperatures around 85 degrees, so I have stored both ziplocs and the greenhouse in my outdoor laundry room.  The room is not air-conditioned, has only one small window, and has a hot water heater, so I think it should be ideal.  This time of year the highs are mid-90s and lows are upper 70s, so I am hopeful the room will stay near a good temperature for this purpose.

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I may have captured a ghost in the picture, anyhow the greenhouse is up on a shelf, away from light (that is a northward facing window) and plenty warm.

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Now, we wait.  Super-hots usually take 3 weeks or more to germinate.  I expect the Cajun Belles to germinate in 1-2 weeks.  

I will provide updates on my other plants this week as well, so stay tuned, and stay spicy.

 

 

So it begins

The purpose of this blog is to document my attempt to grow Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper plants from seed.  This will be my first time growing anything from seed, so expectations are just to get a few plants out of the 20 or so seeds I planted.  Actual peppers are not expected until late fall, if it all this season.Image