This post should have been written awhile ago. But when you undertake a large greenhouse Hydroponic project expect problems and lots of work. My greenhouse has all chiles but the other one that I own 50% in has tomatoes, French Strawberries and lettuce. In this first picture you will see the veggies greenhouse around June 21, 2009.
In the middle you see Heirloom tomatoes. We have Red Brandywine, Green Zebra, Black Krim, Pineapple, Yellow Grape and Red Grape. These are thriving in the heat out here. But the Strawberries to the right are not. Apparently they are not a summer berry so this was our first mistake. We will plant again in February. Next pic you will see the awesome root growth of an Heirloom tomato plant.
Notice how white and clean the roots are. This is because of the high level of oxygen the roots are receiving in the Hydroponic system. The next pic is my greenhouse of just chile plants. Not all the plants are in yet. Some were not ready and I was so tied up with building this project and getting plants sold I lagged on getting other things done.
Right now you see on the right side tubes Jamaican Chocolate Habaneros and Fatalii (central Africa). On the inside right side tubes we are growing Antillais Caribbean Habanero (Dutch Antillais Islands), Gambia Habanero (Gambia Africa) and Trinidad Scorpion. In the center tubes we are growing Bhut Jolokia, Trinidad 7 Pot and Chocolate Bhut Jolokia. In the inside left side tubes we are growing Mustard Habanero, Safi Red Scotch (West Africa), Yellow Sun (Africa), Naga Morich, Yucatan White Habanero and Chocolate Bhut Jolokia. No chiles yet in far left tubes. On top of the far left tubes are baby chile pepper plants. Some I bought from a wholesaler and some I grew myself. The following pic of these chiles in plastic tubs has the following plants:
Jamaican Chocolate Habanero, Bhut Jolokia, West Indies Caribbean Red, Mustard Habanero, Trinidad Scorpion, Trinidad 7 Pot, Naga Morich, Yucatan White habanero, Fatalii, Cleo's Dragon Habanero, Neon Yellow Habanero, Red Savina and Peach Habanero.
I still have lots of plants for sale but if they dont move soon I will plant them! Next 2 pics are my Peruvian Rocotos growing in pots. They can live outdoors all year long even with temps in low 40's. I have them in partial sun because they do not like too much heat. They grow in the Andes Mountains and summers there do not get as hot as Southern California. In these pots I am growing the Yellow and Red Rocoto. They are a hot chile that looks like a small apple and has a thick flesh. Nice flavor but hard to germinate and grow.
The next pics you will see here are seedlings just transplanted from my Aeroponic Propogator. These species are some of the first ever grown in the United States. In other words I am one of the first people to grow these here. I am sure I am not the first but one of the few anyways. Observe 6 each Trinidad Yellow 7 Pot plants. I only had 7 seeds but got 6 plants! Next pic after this one is the Orange Bhut Jolokia. Now I planted 20 seeds but only got 7 good seedlings. More than 7 came up but not all were strong enough for transplant.
TRINIDAD YELLOW 7 POT
ORANGE BHUT JOLOKIA
Well it's bedtime now. Upcoming posts will show you these seedlings transplanted outdoors and their growth progress. I will be isolating both species to avoid cross-pollination so I can produce genetically pure seed for my clients and customers. Other future posts will show cloning of Naga Morich cuttings and updates on chile plants and Hydroponic garden.
Sunday, July 19, 2009 Posted by Habanero500 at 10:10 PM