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Old April 14, 2018   #106
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Look what Bonnie is selling Lunchbox Orange. I only bought 1 plant to try. I wonder
if it is the same as Sweet Crunch Orange.
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Old April 14, 2018   #107
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I've had both. I think they are different. Both are good, though.
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Old April 15, 2018   #108
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Well, I had a heck of a time starting peppers this year. I lost most of two 72-cell trays in a row to fungus gnat larva. These evil things eat their way right into pepper seeds. I found multiple seeds with larva eating the emerging root tip, their squirming bodies poking halfway out the seeds. Ugh. The source was a bad bag of compost that I also used to top off a bunch of containers, and they must have laid eggs in my seed-starting mix as well. Needless to say, I have been using Bti with every watering.

My round one and two survivors total 29 pepper plants out of 144 expected. Interesting that every Doe Hill plant has developed a bifurcated stem, as if it were topped. I don't recall that happening last year. I did leave the seedlings in the small cell packs a week longer than I should have, because I didn't understand the low germination despite a heat mat.

Next year I will start all pepper and tomato seeds in 36 cell trays instead of 72, to have a longer window for transplant. It's late but I'm going to start more Aji Amarillo and Aji Chinche Amarillo, since not a single one survived the larva.
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Old April 16, 2018   #109
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The first year I grow a greater number of hot peppers. Because I have no place at home outside the window, I had to take the garden into a hotbed (possibility to protect from frost until 15.5.)
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