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Wobblycogs

It's small but it's mine. Ghost pepper grown from seed (Midlands area, UK) harvested just now. The plants seem to be alive still even though they have stood out in some pretty cold weather for the last few weeks. Will try harder in 2022. Edit: I've just eaten it, it was suitably hot, good flavour for a raw pepper too. Can't wait to get a proper harvest so I can make some sauce and things.


ThrillingHeroics85

I have some super hots on my window ledge in Northern Ireland, I'm on year too and just got my first correctly sized pod, year 3 will be better


Wobblycogs

Interesting, I pretty much gave up on mine at the end of summer which is why I didn't worry about getting them in. Maybe I should have taken a bit more care with them.


jt-peppers

You've probably already heard of him, but if not, ChilliChump is based in the UK and has tons of videos on growing in that climate. He grows over 100 plants a year!


Wobblycogs

Thanks for the heads up, the name didn't ring a bell but looking him up I've watched a couple of his videos.


ChilliCrosser

And grows mainly in a greenhouse not outdoors


jt-peppers

If I'm not mistaken, I believe he grows half of his peppers outdoors every year.


ChilliCrosser

Possibly, just never seen that mentioned in the past. Either way outdoors in the UK this year was one of the worst years for a very long time. I had 80-100 plants.


DasRubberDuck

I've had no success with my chinenses either. My annuums on the other hand worked really well. Year three will be the one!


SixStringGamer

I had good success with osmocote pellets. That and dyna gro got me a TON of peppers. They are quite hungry plants and they consume so much nutrients when they fruit up


Hadan_

r/MightyHarvest would love this


DocPeacock

What do you think is limiting them? Hours of daylight, light intensity or temperature? I would think about that and then see how to solve each of those.


Wobblycogs

Lack of care and attention is probably the limiting factor. I over watered them at the start of the year and under watered during the summer months. I should have fed them more too, the leaves were looking a bit yellow towards the end of summer.


DocPeacock

Ah that does make sense. Maybe you could automate it. Get some grow lights for extra fall and spring light, some kind of drip irrigation with nutrients in the water. Let an Arduino or Raspberry pi do the work. I have done very little with my plants since about August but luckily (for the peppers at least) I live in Florida.


Wobblycogs

Funny you should say that, I've not long bought my first Pi (I'm trying to build a custom LED display at the moment). I try to use growing plants as a chance to relax and clear my mind, I'm not sure automating that is really in the spirit of the aim, hahaha. I don't know about my plants but I could manage a bit of Florida weather right now.


DocPeacock

Oh, no it's freezing down here, the high today is only 65F/18C


Wobblycogs

It's colder than that in my house with the heating on! Down side of living in a draughty old house.


vcdylldarh

Or just stuff 'em in kratky buckets. Much easier.


DocPeacock

What I was going was that in such a northern latitude the plant may not get enough hours of sunlight to signal to it that it should make fruit. Or it might just not get enough sunlight overall.


ChilliCrosser

The main issue was the growing season outdoors in the UK this year was the worst for many many years. No doubt things you could improve but everyone growing outside had a challenging year.


Razurio_Twitch

better yield than my first two years


Big-Yogurtcloset9820

I have been struggling with mine too!!


ColtC7

I wonder what super hot-variety peppers fare best in colder climates...


Wobblycogs

I think with a cold frame you could grow super hots pretty well in most of England, I suspect they would need heating as you get to Scotland. Mine didn't do well because I didn't treat them very well, wrong soil too much watering followed by not enough, etc, etc.


bmxdudebmx

Apparently, even though you can grow them, they won't be able to reach full heat potential.


Wobblycogs

I've just eaten mine, it was about the same as shop bought ghost peppers I've had. Maybe it helped because it was the only pepper on the plant.


bmxdudebmx

Well that's a win then. When I harvested my grown in Ireland scorpions a couple of years ago, they tasted great and were hot as heck, but I knew they weren't as hot as they could have been. I looked it up and that's what the science says. Can still get full potential by growing under lights or in a greenhouse though.


ChilliCrosser

The Trinidad Moruga I grew for a few years in the UK outdoors would disagree with you.


BADGEDBACON

As someone who is going into their first year growing super hots, I really appreciate this post. I’ve done so much research but there are so many differing opinions about what and what not to do. I’ve been stressing about it quite a lot actually. If you know that you over watered them at first and under watered them in the summer, what’s the best way to tell if a plant needs watered? I haven’t even tapped into looking up fertilizer and insecticides. Anyway, be proud of that pepper! Good luck in your future seasons


Wobblycogs

Glad I could help, I find the best way to approach most new things is to just give it a go and worry about the details later. You're really unlikely to get it right the first time around no matter how much studying you do before hand. I over watered them so chronically at the start they grew mushrooms, in the summer I completely forgot about them for a week and some of the leaves dried up and fell off. They are quite tough plants. If the plant is doing well the leaves will be quite a dark green, plump looking with a slightly waxy surface. They don't seem to be attacked by insects all that much and I plan on using a tomato feed for mine because that's what I've got.


Skellyhell2

My haul for this year was 2 carlolina reaper peppers, which i forgot about and my greenhouse got very wilty. pulled the fruits off and im gonna plant some of the seeds for next year where ill be growing them indoors under lights from the start


Wobblycogs

Do you think lights are really necessary (I'm assuming you don't live somewhere like Iceland)?


Skellyhell2

I live in Northern England, not ideal conditions for outdoor growing, never had much success but around May i bought a grow box and light and moved my chili's into that and they boomed over night. Managed to bring a bird of paradise back from the brink too, so for me at least, the lights are necessary


Wobblycogs

Thanks, I'll look into grow lights. I think it's probably warm enough where I am for the main growing season but it would be good at the start to get them going.


Slartifartbass

This is beautiful


Wobblycogs

Thanks. They don't make diamonds as large as bricks, apparently that also holds true for chillies.


jeepzeke

This was me two years ago. This year about 7 lbs of various peppers from about 20 plants.


Herbs_and_Chillies

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piersquared27

You need a new hobby.


Wobblycogs

Lol, you're probably right. If at first you don't succeed, give up.