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4/10/08 8:26 PM
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 MOKE,

 

are they close to these?

 

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4/10/08 8:32 PM
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 BTW

 

What's the trick for posting images?

4/10/08 10:46 PM
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 They don't look like the fist one at all, but they do look a lot like the second...

Like this...

4/16/08 3:22 PM
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4/19/08 8:51 AM
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My God this chili plant!

Here's the same guy over a 11 days later...have you ever seen such broad leaves on a chili plant? Weird. must just be for the growth period. Batteries included for scale.

 

4/19/08 8:54 AM
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I just realized this thread is automatically scaling down my pics...and doing a piss poor job of it too.

4/21/08 9:32 AM
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 those are pretty big, cant recall seeing any that large

4/21/08 11:02 AM
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I just barely got those seeds to germinate, and that one was the only one to survive...it was so small and spindly...now it's growing into a burly motherfucker.

Now if I can just keep the slugs and aphids away, we'll be rocking.

4/29/08 7:32 AM
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Woohoo! Look at this sucker go!


4/30/08 9:43 AM
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 i just had 36 seedlings die :(. i guess i'll just go buy some fresh ones at that nursery.

4/30/08 11:16 AM
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Dang, what happened, cold snap?
4/30/08 11:20 AM
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 yup, my bro was putting them outside to get some full on sun during the day and forgot to bring them in ay=t night

4/30/08 12:55 PM
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Ouch! 36 of them? Holy moly...

I'm still pulling mine in at night, onto the patio, inside a ring of sea salt to protect it from Goddamned slugs...at least until the stem is no longer tender.
4/30/08 1:18 PM
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 i was planning on going to the nursery next week anyway for my tomatoes so  its no biggie, the seedlings are only like 2.50 each so i'll prolly get like 20 or 30. they have some pretty strong/hardy seedlings so its worth it.

5/7/08 5:25 AM
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Did you grab more seedlings?

Soon this sucker is gonna be bigger than the one I started 8 months before this one...I've already transplanted this one to this bigger pot.




5/7/08 10:15 AM
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 damn that thing looks big!  I'm heading out there next weekend, they didnt have a full stock this past weekend.

5/11/08 12:21 AM
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Look at this burly stem...and my guard ladybug...hopefully patrolling for aphids.



Summanabitch is already starting to flower...btw, how does that work...do they self pollinate? Or if I have other types chilis in the yard, will it make hybrid chilis? If that's the case I have to destroy the thai chili plant before this one gets contaminated.


6/1/08 12:19 AM
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6/1/08 5:11 PM
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This year we're trying a few sweet green peppers, and a couple habeneros.

Also a few sweet red onions, and for fun i planted an onion that started growing under the counter.

Thats all for food gardening.
8/6/08 7:20 AM
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I had some delay in growth as I had a near fatal plant scare...I hadn't been home for a couple days and the soil in the pot had completely dried out and the plant wilted. Same like the other ones that happened to, all the tips had dried and died, and it went into a state of suspended animation before starting to grow again, but this time bushing out, because all the tops had died. Anywhere here is is as of yesterday. How are your coming along Mike?


8/6/08 9:21 AM
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 lookin pretty good. had to go with a couple hybrid varieties of tomato (heirloomes were unavailable) and was getting a little end rot so i had to hit them with some miracle gro fertilizer - no more organic.  I'll take some pics tonite when i get home..

your chiles are looking good!
8/7/08 8:04 AM
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Wow, what kind of hybrids are you growing? That sounds like something I'd want to do next.

btw, I'm just using Miracle Grow too since I've kept it in a pot (though you can't see it in the pic). I just used the normal all-purpose during the growth period and switched to the tomato food version once it started flowering since it has more phosphate and potash.

I'm finding I have to fertilize fairly often because the thing has gotten so big for it's pot and I'm tired of transplanting (three times already). It's going to have to live out it's life in the current pot unless I end up sticking it in the ground.
8/7/08 9:50 AM
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 forgot to take pics..

by hybrids i just mean the type of tomato that you buy in the grocery store. they are hybrid to be strong, productive, disease resistent plants. I usually go for the heirloom varieties. I have Sweet 100 (there literally are about 100 small tomatoes on the plant now), some romas and some early girls.

my small chile varieties are in 3 gallon pots and the larger ones are in 5 gallon buckets. I'm finding neither is ideal. all of my tomato plants are in 5 gallon buckets as well. Next year i might spring for bigger containers. My brother has his planted in the ground and they are all twice the size of mine, different varieties. i gotta get some pics of those too, fuckers are over 5 feet tall and 2-3 feet around!

you got no groundspace to grow em in?
8/7/08 10:04 AM
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Well...I eventually planted the original thai chili plant in the ground and it immediately started to decline. The hill in my yard was heavily designed and landscaped. I have a feeling the soil they brought in and used for it is not very good for fruit bearing plants, and it's a different color than the native soil. The plants that do well in it are desert style low moisture plants.

So I figured I keep the Hawaiian chili in the pot where I could control everything. When I start the tomatoes I'll put half in pots and half in the ground to see what happens.

Oh man, I get to start wondering what varieties of tomatoes I'll be having...
8/7/08 12:14 PM
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 i just gave away like 20 different kinds of heirloom tomato seeds. that site chileplants.com ships seedlings very well but i dont think they make it to HI. I'll see if i can find the site where i got the seeds.

I can give you a quick run down of the heirloom varieties I've grown as well. my favorites that I will probably do every year are Native Sun, Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Red Zebra, Yellow Pear, Banana Legs, and my all time favorite - Great White.

I've grown a ton more so if you find something interesting I might know about them personally.

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