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Growing Chili Peppers

2016 Pod Pics

Justin White

2016 Pod Pics

Genghis Kahn's Brain   7 Pot Bubblegum Yellow    Bhut Jolokia White     Bad Brains   Peach Bhut Jolokia WM Tobago Treasure x BBG7   Dorset Naga Yellow   Fatalii White   Naga Viper Chocolate   Monkey Face Yellow   Apocalypse Scorpion   Bhut Jolokia Caramel   Yellow Peter Pepper   Carolina Reaper X Long   Peach Kraken Scorpion   Brown Naglah   Bhut Jolokia Strain 2   Faria (Scotch Bonnet)   Brazilian Reaper  

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My Soil Mix for growing hot and superhot peppers

Justin White Growing tips soil mix

My Soil Mix for growing hot and superhot peppers

I have been using this very basic mixture now for the last 2 seasons for growing peppers.  My land had terrible soil, its pure yellow clay that ranges from rock hard to a sticky glue like substance all within about 40 feet.  For various reasons, I have not even tried to till the ground where my main pepper patch is, and have not had the time or resources to build raised beds but plan to in the future.  My solution for now is to dig a small hole about 8 - 12" in diameter and about the same depth.  I...

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Planting time is almost here.

Justin White

Well planting time is just around the corner.  I have not had the time I hoped to keep this blog updated, but will try for a few more updates now that things are about to get more interesting.  For this is just a quick update with some pictures of the pepper starts.  I have about 460 or so started.  Some are getting very big, others seem to be runts and not looking very promising, but most will probably be ok.  I have posted some pictures below of what the situation looks like with trays in various states of growth through...

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Update on 2016 Pepper Season

Justin White

So far things are progressing OK, but not great.  Having some germination failures with some varieties, and of course some I wanted to try the most like Big Yellow Mama and Yellow Dystopia.  Overall though things are progressing and should still be in line for a huge season if all goes well.   These are the first starts of the year.  Most of these were started in late December or early January.  A few look malnurished, but most look pretty good.  There is plenty of time for the yellowish malnurished looking ones to pull out of it.     The...

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Starting Peppers seeds using paper towel in bag method

Justin White Seed Starting

Starting Peppers seeds using paper towel in bag method

Starting hot pepper seeds in a wet paper towel enclosed in a ziploc bag has been the most reliable method for me over the years.   I have been using this method since I first started growing hot chili peppers in 2002.  I find it provides the best germination rates and quickest germination times.    In the image above I have placed 4 seeds in the center of a piece of paper towel.  Some people prefer coffee filters as once the seed sprouts it can start to root into the towel. I just tear or cut the towel away from...

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