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Bhut Jolokia – March 23rd, 2011

Just a real quick picture update with the Bhut Jolokia.

A Bhut Jolokia plant. About 9 weeks from planting.

You can see the plants are getting to be a pretty big size now. A few have roots poking out of the bottom to the pots already, so I might move a few to larger pots.

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  1. Bruce says:

    Gary, a nice healthy looking Bhut. I will be moving mine to larger pots pretty soon. I have some 6″ pots on order now. My one big Bhut is in a 4″ square pot now and it is looking great. Are you still growing under lights and for how long per day?

  2. Bruce says:

    It looks like my Bhuts have started putting out blooms already. I have heard that I can just snip them off until it is time for them to go outside. Does that sound reasonable or am I in trouble.

    • Gary says:

      It’s really not that uncommon to get a bud or two on peppers started inside. Just go ahead and pinch them off.

  3. Bruce says:

    Gary, been a long time since last update. How are the Bhuts doing lately?

    • Gary says:

      Yeah, a bit behind on keeping this updated lately.

      The Bhut’s are doing good, but haven’t gotten to much bigger. I think the low intensity light just isn’t enough for them. They’ve all been hardened off now though, so I’m hoping to get them in the ground this weekend. I’ll be sure to snap some pics once they are in!

  4. Bruce says:

    Cool. I have mine in the garden now but it has a cold frame on top of it. My other peppers are still in 6″ pots but I have them in the garden under the cold frame too. I am trying to decide when to put them in their summer containers. With the weather, relatives visiting and a camping trip coming up and the grass getting out of hand, I am really getting pressed for time this last part of May.

    Check out my grow log of my peppers: http://www.tumblr.com/dashboard

  5. Bruce says:

    How are the Bhuts going? I keep checking for an update. I hope you haven’t abandoned this blog. Mine are doing quite well given the goofy weather we have had. I have one bhut plant that is 26″ tall and 37″ wide at it’s widest point. It is also my best producer but oddly enough, it is by far my least densely foliated plant.


    • Gary says:

      My bhuts are coming along alright. The weather hasn’t been ideal, so a few of them are struggling. I haven’t intentionally abandoned this blog, just haven’t had time to do a proper post lately. I’ll see if I can get some more pictures up this week.

  6. Bruce says:

    How did your Bhuts finally do this year? Mine grew great. I obviously had way more than I could use….basically one is enough for a whole season. hahaha. But I ground up a bunch and dried a bunch and gave away over 100 pods and wound up throwing away well over 100 pods still on the bushes when I pulled them for the year. However, I did trim one way back (bonsai style) and am overwintering it. Just got past a bout with Aphids. First time I had to deal with them. I used insecticidal soap. I was surprised but it did it’s job well. Check out my grow log and you can see how I trimmed it back. The point where I trimmed it was September 12th.
    Let me know how your season went.

    • Gary says:

      Unfortunately, I ended up never having time to update this blog as you can see. :( Hopefully I’ll stick to it better next year.

      The plants themselves came out really good. I ended up with 20 Bhut Jolokia plans in the garden, and had a really successful harvest. I had Bhut Jolokia’s coming out of my ears. I froze about 100 or so and dried about another 100. The rest I gave away or used up. Eventually, I just stopped picking them near the end of the year, as I had far more peppers than I could use.

      I took two of the plants indoors, and have them growing under lights now! I have them in pots and nothing else under the lights, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Not sure how they’ll overwinter, but I’ll find out soon enough!.

      I also tried turning a few into bonsai chili plants following the instructions at http://www.fatalii.net/growing/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=95&Itemid=105 Unfortunately, my cat decided he didn’t like bonsai chile plants and chomped all the leaves off, so that project didn’t work out so well.

      • Bruce says:

        Gary: regarding the bonsai peppers. You should probably have given them a chance to come through the mauling by the cat. I have heard that many wind up losing all their leaves after cutting them way back and look to be dead for a very long time only to perk back up and start greening up when spring nears. Oh well. I think I am going to try to clone a couple plants from cuttings this winter. I figured it would be fun to give it a shot. Well, good luck with the overwinter and into the next growing season.

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