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Bhut Jolokia Update – Mar 7th, 2011

A Bhut Jolokia seedling after about 7 weeks

Just thought I’d post a quick update on the Bhut Jolokia seedlings. There are coming along very nicely now, and most are fairly good sized seedlings already. You can also see they’ve taken on a much deeper green color then previously. They’ve received two applications of Miracle-Gro fertilizer, but otherwise it’s just been water and artificial light. Now that they are in pots, I am no longer providing any sort of bottom heat.

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10 Comments

  1. Bruce says:

    Gary, your Bhuts look nice. Mine look great too except for one thing that may or may not be a problem. The leaves have become “puckered” where they are not very flat any longer. I am not sure it that is normal or if it is a symptom of a problem. I found one site online that suggested it was probably a calcium deficiency problem and that bone meal would be the remedy. I see many sites recommend that you put some bone mean in the pots when you transplant the seedlings into them. I did not do this. Do you have any thought on this? If you send me an email, I could send you a picture of the plants.
    Thanks,
    Bruce

    • Gary says:

      Bruce,

      I’ve never used any sort of calcium suppliment when planting my peppers. Generally if I have a plant that is has leaves curling up, I reduce it’s water and give it a light dose of fertilizer. (A 10-10-10 works nicely). That said, over fertilizing can certainly cause a problem similar to what your describing, much like over watering can. If you want to send a picture a long, you can send it to WaukeshaGarden@gmail.com

    • Gary says:

      Bruce,

      Your pictures don’t really look that unusual, I’m not sure it’s anything to be overly concerned about. If you’ve been fertilizing them a lot, you may want to hold off a bit or skip a couple of feedings. They look fairly healthy to me.

      • Bruce says:

        Thanks Gary. I feel a bit better now. They otherwise look quite good. I am starting to have some trouble with a couple other plants though. I have a couple where the leaves are curling up and even twisting. They are still green and standing tall but it doesn’t look good. They are both Charlestons so maybe it is natural for them or just a problem that affects only them. I have changed my light setup to two shop lights side by side with a 40w grow bulb and a 6500K daylight bulb in each. I have also put a fan blowing on them as I saw many suggestions for that.

        Looking forward to your next update on the Bhuts.
        Bruce

  2. Bruce says:

    Gary:
    What do you know about damping off fungus? I have several seedlings wanting to keel over at the soil line. They are not dead as they start to curve and grow back up towards the lights. But they have classic damping off fungus symptoms. I have sprinkled cinnamon on the soil of all my plant as suggested in several on line discussions. I am wondering if you have ever dealt with this problem and how you handled it? At least my Bhuts seem to be immune so far.

    • Gary says:

      Bruce,

      I have not personally had this occur very often, so I don’t know any good ‘home remedies’ for it. The few times I’ve noticed it occurring on my plants I’ve simply let them dry out a bit by not watering them for a few days. This has taken care of it for me.

  3. Bruce says:

    Anxious for your next update.
    Bruce.

  4. Bruce says:

    By the way Gary, I think I did start my non-Ghost Pepper seeds too early, it looks like I am already getting buds on my Banana Peppers. If they bloom, should I try to manually polinate them or are they going to be a lost cause for this season?

    • Gary says:

      If your getting buds too early, just pinch them off. The plant will generally put out some new leaves before trying to bud again. I frequently remove the first buds in a season to keep my plants from setting fruit too early. Additionally, you can try feeding it with a high nitrogen fertilizer. This should encourage plant growth rather than budding. (As always, you want to be careful not to over fertilize)

      • Bruce says:

        Gary, Great advice, thanks. I think I will just go with the first method. I dont really need them to grow a whole lot faster right now.
        Bruce

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