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Things are growing

Greetings and salutations, the pepper farm is doing its job, things are growing.

Since the last update everything has been good, no tragedy to speak of.

The 5 “Superhot” plants are growing nicely (3 Naga Morich, 2 Butch T Scorpion).  The Carribean Red is producing nice pods, no ripe ones yet though.  I did get to try the first ripe pod from my Bastard Scorpion plant, it was a little spicier than the one I got to try at the end of last season, about the heat of a Jalapeno.

Speaking of Jalapenos, that plant is doing much better after a re-potting,  It was looking diseased and had brown spots on all of the leaves.  I re-potted it in a Dollar General re-usable shopping bag.  This is a $1 alternative to more expensive “Smart Pots” which allow the roots of the plant to self prune for a healthier root system.

Also, I was cleaning up around the house, and upon opening the seed starting greenhouse, I found 2 more Naga Morich plants had sprouted!  A pleasant surprise, I’d estimate they took 25+ days to germinate when the others took 9-10.  They are sitting on the ground outside, and seem to be doing ok.  I’m going to see if they can survive being raised in less protected conditions.

Below are pictures, enjoy!

Here is a sequence showing the growth of the 5 super hots (from oldest to most recent):

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As you can see, they look very healthy!  I will probably move them to their final containers, the grow bags, in the coming week.

Below is the Jalapeno plant in one of these bags, you’ll notice in the 2nd photo that after a couple weeks, there is alot of new growth sprouting

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And here are the 2 “volunteer” Naga Morich plants:

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A look at the Caribbean Red’s unripe pod, I assume they will turn red

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And some shots of the Bastard Scorpion, it was pleasantly spicy, and should be useful in the kitchen:

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And the Cayenne’s are still rocking of course!

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That’s all I got for now.  Next steps are to re-pot the super-hots and keep them healthy and growing,  I’ll also be working my way up the heat ladder when the Carribean Reds ripen, gotta get my body ready for the Nagas and Scorps!

Vaya con dias

 

Tragedy Strikes

Dark days indeed.

Well, not that dark, but unfortunate.  I lost a few plants due to underwatering.  There are survivors.  There is hope.

I came home to this horrific scene yesterday:

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As you can see, it looked like all but a couple were goners.  If I was crushed after the seed fiasco last season, I’m at an all time low when I see this.

After some water, some more recovered than I expected.

 

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Now I am left with 2 Moruga Scorpions and 3 Naga Morich’s.  I don’t have much room for error.  The crop has thinned.

I have re-potted the survivors into solo cups, hopefully they extra soil can hold more water and the plants can go longer in between waterings.  I will also start moving them outside slowly, giving them only a half hour of sun to start and then gradually increasing.

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The 3 Nagas:

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And all the cups, still under lights:

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Outside, there are cayenne’s ripening, last years “pseudo-scorpion” plant looking good, the new Carribean Red plant getting bigger, a cat, and some cucumbers that are going to take over my yard.  Respectively:

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That’s all folks.  Water your plants.

 

 

Seeds Have Sprouted

The seeds have sprouted!  Mostly.

I saw the first pop up last Monday (5/12), but was heading out of town for business until Wednesday.  Sure enough, when I got back, I had a welcoming committee of seedlings!

The total count is 3 (and a half) Moruga Scorpions, and 6 Nagas.  I still have the cover on the greenhouse in case more decide to pop up.

I have the sprouts under lights, and am just starting to barely see some of the first true leaves forming.  Once they have 4 leaves on each plant, I’ll put them in solo cups and start moving them outdoors.

This is what I saw Monday:

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And then Wednesday:

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My very professional lighting set up:

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A better view of the plants:

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No much to see yet, but keep watching them grow with me!  Adios

Lets Try This Again

Hola, its a beautiful Tres de Mayo 

I got some great looking seeds from http://www.pepperlover.com

The service was excellent, and the prices were good, so lets see how they grow.  I ordered some Naga Morich and some Trinidad Moruga Scorpion “Butch T”, but they also threw in some 7 Pod Jonah and Trinidad Doughlah seeds for free!  How sweet is that?!

I’m only going to start the Naga’s and Scorpions at this time, I dont want to get overloaded.  Below is the process of starting the seeds.  I have accumulated alot of supplies and knowledge by this point, so it was a breeze.

Got my Jiffy Pod greenhouse, more Jiffy Pods, and seeds (and boat shoes of course)

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Just add water and those little pods blow up

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Do a little tilling of the soil with the fingers, drop a seed in and cover it up, that’s all there is to it

I’m only doing one seed per pod for these.  I don’t expect all to sprout, but this will make it easier for me to handle the ones that do.

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The cover her up, and wait.  Last go round (with bad/wrong seeds), I had some sprouts after 5 or 7 days.  Fingers crossed these take a little longer, which is appropriate for these plants.

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And so we wait.

In the meanwhile, the other plants are looking healthy.  This is a great time of year for growing and being outside in general.  Enjoy!

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viven picante mis amigos

Lessons Learned and a Look Forward (long overdue update)

Hello friends,

It has been a long time since you have seen an entry, and I apologize.  It was a long winter, but spring is here and summer is on its heels.

The reason for creating was this blog was to document the process of growing Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Peppers from seed.  In this pursuit, I have failed.  The main lesson to learn here:  Do not buy seeds from Amazon.com, buy them from a reputable seller, such as pepperlover.com

My previous post was filled with excitement at he appearance of pods.  The following weeks saw excitement replaced with embarrassment.  Much like the anecdote of the wrong color baby being delivered at a hospital, I soon discovered these peppers were not the spicy offspring I was hoping for.

The peppers were yellow, I was expecting orange or red, and not the shape of a scorpion pepper.  I tasted one, it was not spicy at all, maybe a hint of heat, but less than a jalapeno.  I was crushed.

The winter was long and hard, with alot of bringing the plants inside and outside.  I did my best to care for these bastard plants, but only one survived.  I will keep it alive as a painful reminder.

Now it is time to move on, a new growing season is here, and here’s to hoping its bounty is rich, and spicy.

I am going to try some other vegetables this year, in a better spot in my yard than last year.  Last year’s plot only got 4-5 hours of sun at best, another lesson learned.  I am growing tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, and bell peppers in addition to the existing pepper plants.  The current pepper population is as follows:  Cayenne (2), Jalapeno (1), Bastard Scorpion (1), Carribean Red (1)

I picked up the Carribean Red at a local nursery, they are supposed to be as hot or hotter than a Habanero.  I am also going to order some Naga Morich seeds from pepperlover.com now that temps are up in the 60s at night, which is needed for the superhot peppers.

Thanks for catching up with me, below are some pictures, old and new

Cheers!

This is what the newly dubbed Bastard Scorpions looked like when ripe:

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This is the newest addition to the peppers, a Carribean Red:

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Here you can see the original bunch from last year.  Left to Right, starting with the red bucket: Bastard Scorpion, Jalapeno, Cayenne, Cayenne

Also on the left, behind the fountain, you can see how hard the winter was on my Philidenderon.  They died all the way down to the roots but are sprouting back from the bottom.  This was a blessing in disguise as it opened up some prime real estate for the new vegetable garden.

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Here is that new plot, I’ve got tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers here.  I have a small bean farm behind my fountain, which is a  great spot because it gets alot of sun and I already had some lattice there for support.

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Here is said bean farm:

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I grew all of these veggies from seed, they sprouted much faster than the peppers last year:

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I’ve also added some flowers here and there, this is a totally new bed:

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A transplanted Iris bloomed!  This was the first time I had seen it bloom.

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Here’s a view of the whole operation:

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Welp, that’s about the size of things.  I’ll keep updating as the crops grow!

 

 

We have pods!

Howdy heat lovers,

I’m proud to say I have a few nice little pods (baby peppers) on the plants!

I also re-potted most of them.  They should all really be in larger pots, but since winter is coming, I will wait until next spring to put them in their full size containers for the next full growing season.

Check out the pics below! (captions below each)

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Here you can see the first 2 pods on one plant.  No idea how long to expect in terms of ripe peppers, but they have been growing relatively fast despite the cooler weather.

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These are the 2 plants that have the biggest pods.  I stopped pinching the buds off of these before the others, I thought the others needed to grow a bit more before producing.  

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Here are the 3 other plants that were previously in very small containers, they should take off now with more space for roots.

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Finally got these guys out of solo cups, they are my little bonsai peppers 🙂

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The cayenne plants are so huge!  I might have to start making some decisions about space soon.

I did give one of the small trinidad scorpion plants to a good friend, so hopefully it does well for him.  I’m really going to have my hands full if I keep all of the 8 remaining!

That’s it pepper people, stay spicy!

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Long Overdue Update!

Hey guys, sorry its been so long.  Fear not, the peppers are doing great.  Not much work on my part, just watering and the occasional dose of fertilizer (I’m using regular Miracle Gro now, but will probably switch to their Tomato Food soon).  I still have a few plants in solo cups, the others were moved into larger containers.  I will eventually have them in 5 gallon containers of some sort.

Here are the photo’s of the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion plants as they have gown over the last month+

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As you can see they are looking pretty healthy!  A couple of the bigger plants are starting to put out some buds.  The plants are still too young to produce much, so I will pinch these buds off so that the plants will use their energy to grow roots and leaves.  This will allow the peppers to produce much better when they have a bigger infrastructure to do so.

The other plants are doing well.  Its kind of hard to find a use for so many cayenne peppers, but i have dried some and pickled some.  Hot sauce is next, I will probably have enough ripe cayennes to make a big batch and can it in the next couple weeks.

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October is right around the corner, hopefully there aren’t too many freezes this winter and the plants can get good sun even in the cooler weather.

 

Vaya con dios!

August is hot

Ahoy,

Well not much to say about the weather here, just plain hot.  Let’s hope it translates to hotter peppers.  The Trinidad Scorpion peppers are doing just great, today I put them in their own solo cups, previously I had 2 per cup.  They are outside full time now, and get sun from about 2 til 5 on the back porch.  You’ll also be happy to see that I finally figured out how to switch my camera (phone) to Macro mode, so no more blurry close ups!  I’m still messing with the setting so bear with me.  Without further ado, the peppers:

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Much crisper, ey

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Also, the cayenne ripening is upon us!

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Plenty o jalapenos too

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That’s about it.  Stay tuned for some cayenne pepper drying and crushing, and some hot sauce!

Stay spicy amigos

Can you feel the heat?

Good tidings all, I just have a quick update today.  My little baby Trinidad Moruga Scorpion plants are growing up!  Only one of the seedlings from the greenhouse starter died, and I’m not sure why, but the others are doing great!  No luck with the paper towel in ziploc method, so I won’t be doing that again.

Enough of my rambling, here are the plants:

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That makes 9 plants.  I’m leaving them outside now, and gradually increasing the duration of direct sunlight.  You can see the texture on the leaves, definitely looking like a scorpion, so now I’m not as worried I was sent the wrong seeds (fingers still crossed).

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That’s the state of the farm.  All the other plants are doing well, I even have about a dozen golf ball sized tomatoes on the plant!  The cayennes are still green, but a few are starting to ripen.  

Stay tuned, I’ll probably put each scorpion plan in its own cup soon, and I’ll be making hot sauce once I get a good amount of ripe cayennes.

Hasta luego

 

 

 

 

Pepper Progress

Helloooo,

It’s been a week or so since my last post, but fear not, the sprouts are still sprouting!

After I had a good amount of the “hooks” pop out of the dirt, I moved them into plastic cups.  I have some seedlings I left in the greenhouse box as well, just for comparison sake.  One thing I did have a problem with was the seed casings not falling off of the baby leaves (cotyledons, not “true leaves”), I read this is most likely to the seeds not being planted deep enough.  When planted a proper depth, the casing is held by the soil and the leaves escape.  Pictures, in order of oldest to newest.  Watch Papa’s Peppers grow before your very eyes!

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The photos are camera phone quality, I apologize.  You can see the casings still on some of these younger photos.

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In the above you can see the first set of “true leaves” starting to form!

I have 4 cups with 2 seedlings in each, and a couple other Trinidad Moruga Scorpions in the greenhouse box, as well as some Cajun Belles (the Cajun Belles are in the 4 corner pods in the box)

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The “paper towel method” yielded a couple sprouts for the Cajun Belles, still nothing for the scorpions.  I moved the belles into the greenhouse box to pods left vacant by the scorpions in cups, I’m going to wait and see if anything happens to the scorpions in the paper towels.

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So hopefully the end of this week the scorpions will be ready to start the “hardening off” process.  For now I have them under fluorescent lights in the laundry room, which is attracting alot or bugs since it is outside.  Hardening off is the process of gradually exposing the seedlings to real outdoor conditions like sunlight and wind, usually starting with as little as half an our at a time.  Can’t wait to get them outdoors and growing! 

As for the other plants, here is a shot of them nice and thirsty:

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One thing I have learned is that pepper plants don’t like too much water, so now I wait until they are wilting to water.

I did try a slice of my first ripe cayenne that had that weird spot, it was spicy, just like papa likes.

That’s all for now amigos.  Stay spicy!