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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I seldom label my seedlings 

But I found an awesome chili pepper identification routine.

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Assam promotes Bhut Jolokia chilli cultivation for export and control of rioting people and elephants 

Two of my favorite topics in one,

According to agriculture experts, the demand for Bhut Jolokia has increased recently, especially after it was established that it is the hottest pepper about two years ago. "The demand for Bhut Jolokia abroad is especially for its spice usage. In fact, it is also the tastiest pepper in the world. Moreover, different experiments on multiple uses of Bhut Jolokia has increased its demand," agriculture information officer Mowsam Haziraka said.

According to elephant conservationists, the chilli can be used as a powder to chase away marauding herds of elephants. Chilli cakes and fences have proved effective in keeping wild elephants at bay. So far, Bhut Jolokia cultivation is more or less confined to kitchen gardens. Wildlife conservationists have suggested that organized farming can only bring about a visible result in using the chilli products for driving out elephants.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chili pepper resurection 

I didn't set this seedling deep enough to get water,

Twelve hours later,

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Hydroponic herb garden, Winter 2008/2009 

All plants other than the new sprouts and pepper cuttings were started in peat pellets and established in a flood and drain system with 500 PPM Supernatural GrowAqua solution under 16 hours light/day from 4 x 54W T5 bulbs. The pepper cuttings were put in the hydro system at the same time as the herbs. After about two weeks the solution was changed out and upped to 850 PPM, significantly higher than I intended but everyone seems to be doing OK despite the recently conquered spider mite infestation.

Italian basil, today and on December 3rd, pinched back once two weeks ago at 10 - 12 leaves, maybe a little late,

italian basil

italian basil seedling

Sage today and a month ago. This it the first time I've grown sage, but it seemed to respond violently to pinching back - went from six or 8 to all these leaves in two weeks,

sage

sage seedling

Parsley today and a month ago,

parsley

parsley seedling

Bhut jolokia pepper cutting, today and a month ago which was about six weeks after taking the cutting,

bhut jolokia cutting

jolokia cutting

Chocolate habanero cutting, today and a month ago - new growth starting at top and base after losing all its leaves to a spider mite infestation,

chocolate habanero cutting

chocolate habanero

Lettuce,

mystery lettuce

lettuce

French rosemary,

french rosemary

french rosemary sprout

Spearmint, started last week,

spearmint sprouts

Tomato, started a few days ago,

tomato sprout

Peas, started a few days ago,

pea sprout

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Chili pepper update 

My hot lemon pepper a few weeks ago - came back from having no leaves due to neglect in a flood and drain system - after 1 week in the deep water culture system:

rejuvenating hot lemon pepper

Two weeks:

rejuvenating hot lemon pepper

Three weeks:

great progress - hot lemon pepper

From seeds purchased on eBay, "Punjab small hot". This pepper seems to be low growing and bushy, unlike most hot peppers. At two weeks in DWC:

Three weeks:

Punjab small hot

Naga jolokia, in DWC since seedling stage, a week ago:

Today - dozens and dozens of flowers:

Naga jolokia in hydro

All eight of my hot chilis in hydroponic deep water culture today. I added some bloom nutrients as most are budding now:

hydroponic hot peppers

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Three of salsas habaneros 

I first diced then slightly browned the habaneros and garlic in chili oil, adding salt and the diced tomatoes later.

browned habaneros

This mixture was blended and pureed with about 8 oz. of each of three bases,

mango, avacado and honeydew, carrot

Served with chips and black beans,

mango, avacado and honeydew, carrot

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Where to buy naga jolokia seedlings 

My eBay auctions.

The famous Dorsert naga, various jolokia strains and other chilis among the worl;d's hottest peppers.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Where to buy Dorset Naga and other jolokia type peppers 

I started 5 flats of pepper seedlings for myself and my friends but mostly for selling on eBay. This round, it's

Dorset naga, bih jolokia and various habaneros:



bih jolokia seedlings

dorset naga seedlings

chocolate habanero seedlings

The Dorset Naga seedlings are grown from seed purchased directly from the breeders of the famous Dorset Naga, holder of the Guinness World Record for hottest chilli pepper. Others claim that a pepper from the jokolia strain is actually the world's hottest pepper. I purchased seeds of the varied jolokia strains from The Chile Seed Company.

Here are my seedling chili plant auctions,

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Gardening at night 

gardening at night

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Dorset Naga chili pepper germination: deluxe paper towel method 

No doubt about it, chili pepper seeds germinate quicker and at a higher rate with 6.0 pHed 100 ppm giberillin solution than with plain water when using the paper towel method. I used this method exclusively with 51 Dorset Naga seeds 10 days ago (2/26), as of today 46 have sprouted.

Side by side comparisons with many chili varieties showed similar results: greater than 90% germination a week or more earlier compared to about 75% germination with plain water. The most drastic example was with a variety I purchased on eBay as "Jamacian yellow Scotch bonnet": 8/10 in the group in giberillin solution had germinated by the 11th day, while 3/10 of those in plain water have germinated as of today, the 21st day.

The deluxe paper towel method:

paper towel method

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Hot chilis started 

Today, I began soaking some chili pepper seeds in 6.0 pHed 100 ppm gibberillan R/O water. Generally from hottest to mildest,

They will soak for a day after which I'll place them on paper towels in plastic containers. Hot chili peppers can take a lot longer than bell peppers to germinate. Out of the 12 tepin seeds I placed in paper towels 25 days ago, only two have sprouted.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Seed check-in 

For my "just soak them in giberillin solution and wait," I've moved four seeds of each species into rockwool cubes, two cubes/two seeds. Nothing sprouting other than ones I had to mark "??" as I didn't label them and I don't recognize them. They could be roma tomato all puffed up, but I believe more than the two would have sprouted by now.

The string beans got mushy.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

There will be hot stuff, baby 

I just started germinating 6 Bhut Jolokia and 12 Tepin chile pepper seeds. The Tepin is sometimes referred to as "the hottest" and it may well be the second hottest, but the Bhut ("Ghost" in the Assamese language) Jolokia ("chile") is clearly the hottest in general, consistently ranking double that of other hot peppers and half that of pepper spray.

I placed the seeds in paper towels saturated with gibberellin @ 150 ppm in R/O water. They are in an 80 °F environment.

UPDATE 2/16 2 tepin have germinated - transfered to rockwool. Bhut abandoned.

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