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Category: Project Red Chili Pepper | Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:35 pm
Stunted ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
Looks like the weather her is not suitable for this species of pepper. The growth is rather stunted and the fruits are small ..... guess this is all wrong because I got the wrong species and the fruit is not even red.
OK I'll go get myself some real red pepper seeds and start all over again.
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Category: Project Red Chili Pepper | Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:35 pm
Curling new leaves! ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
Just a couple of days before I noticed that all the new leaves were curling and drying up, couldn't find any visible pest on it so I guess the vegan vampires must be the culprit. The weather was cool so it cannot be any heat causing this.
Chili Flower ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
While inspecting the plant, I found that it had started to flower again and there were quite a few of them. The foilage is still very thick anf I thiink it will have a hard time growing the fruits in such confine spaces.
Sweet Pepper ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
Since the time I almost made the plant naked, it had grown back it's foilage but in terms of height just a coupple of miserable centimeters. I wonder whether the weather here is suitable for this species .....
Coming back to the vegan vampires, I had the plant sprayed with my mix of garlic, onions, dish washing liquid and red wine. The next day most of the affected leaves fell off and I continued with the spray. So far so good, no more curly drying out leaves. I wonder what is next!!
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Category: Project Red Chili Pepper | Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:27 pm
Thanks for the tips Sojerd, Carloyn. I read them in the morning and by the time I get to the pepper plant after pruning my herbs, I thought that I am supposed to prune it also and I did just that. Just a moment ago, I read the comments again and .... oops!
Pruned! ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
I hope no damage is done here.
Young Fruits ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
I removed all the flowers and was surprised that some fruits were already forming, those were removed too.
Carolyn, according to the packaging, it says 65 to 85 days to harvest which I guess that is when the fruits are ready for the picking.
I guess all I can do now is sit tight and wait.
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Category: Project Red Chili Pepper | Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:44 pm
45 days had passed and it is looking miserable.
Looks Stunted ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
It is hardly a foot tall and it is already flowering, is it stunted? Hmm ... could this be the result of the crazy weather? Should I pruned it and remove the flowers to encourage it to grow bigger and taller? Anyway the good news is that it is free of pest.
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Finally I am at it again!
Category: Project Red Chili Pepper | Posted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:07 pm
Oops!! Six months had passed and I finally got down to working on this project again, yes Project Red Chili Pepper. In my last post on this project I mentioned that I planted 2 seeds for this project and they did not germinate mainly due to negligence. I was kind of a busy with ..... yes,yes, excuses excuses so let's not get into that.
Bell Pepper ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
Recently I received some bell pepper seeds in the mail and this is the only seedling I got from about 10 seeds that I planted. To-date it is about 5 weeks since the day I sowed the seeds and just had it transplanted to the ground.
Now to keep an eagle eye on it and to make some of the special brew for immediate action when the need arises.
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Did I learn the trick?
Category: Project Red Chili Pepper | Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:18 pm
From day 1 since I started planting, I was never able to get the chilis to ripen on the plant. Frustrated with the situation, I tried planting it in pots so that I can have better control and I managed to get some red chili peppers. The yield was very low and quality I would say grade C. I thought it could be bacteria/virus in the earth in my mini-farm that was causing the chilis to rot before ripening. After checking ways to sterilise the soil, the only effective is by steam and it is costly so I stay away from chilis for awhile.
A bed in the mini-farm was vacant and I had never plant chili there before so I decided to had a go at it again. Everything went well until before the chilis ripen, they start to rot as usual. Decided to post my predicament and got lots of help. Thanks everyone.
So I did something and got ripened red chili peppers. The quality is good and yield is decent.
The conclusion is that they were attacked by thirsty micro juice sucking pest which is not visible to the naked eyes.
So today I planted 2 seeds from the fruits of the last plants and hoping to conclude that my home brew pesticides is my success story ... haha!!
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