Ghost peppers with tomatoes?

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Ghost peppers with tomatoes?

Hi all, 

 

First time poster, just pondering seeds for my second aerogarden (bounty model) effort.  I'm finishing up with the herbs which went well but I didn't really use enough of them.  I'd like to do the ghost peppers, but the description suggested doing 2 seed pods for a 9 pod system.  Just curious  - does anyone have a sense of how it'd work if i grew one ghost pepper seed pod and some tomatoes (maybe 2 pods)?   

Thanks and look forward to learning more about all this stuff..    

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Several of the references

Several of the references specifically state from seed to harvest. I look very carefully at the terminology, too. That is why I try to catalog every phase of growth. Today, I found my first super hot pepper on my Bounty. A Jamaican Hot Yellow "Mushroom" Pepper. It is said to have the heat of a Scotch Bonnet. We shall see...

 

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Is that from planting seed,

Is that from planting seed, Mike? Normally pepper times are quoted from transplant, and your guy is now about transplant size.

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I've done more research on

I've done more research on this. Typical Ghost pepper time from planting to harvest is 140-172 days.

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Here in Michigan, too. You

Here in Michigan, too. You cant put anything outside until the end of May, here.

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Wow, that's pokey. Glad it's

Wow, that's pokey. Glad it's finally growing for you, Mike! A plant that would be impossible to harvest in CT without growing indoors. Well, any pepper in CT needs to start life indoors.

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A month ago, I was ready to

A month ago, I was ready to write my remaining Ghost Pepper plant off. I even moved it to a Bounty with a couple of Pimiento Pepper plants I started the same day. 2-3 weeks ago, the plant really took off. I moved it back to the unoccupied Bounty. I am convinced the super hot peppers need the 45w of LED light to grow, properly. The 30w hoods on the Ultra and Extra LEDs haven't produced a single pepper.

The medium hot peppers like the jalapeno, Hungarian Wax, Thai, Gypsy, etc., grow fine on the 30w units. In the past two weeks the Ghost pepper plant has really taken off. It is now 7" tall, and it dominates the right side of the Bounty. I wanted to move it to the center, but the root ball is too large to remove it. I also came across a video on YouTube. The guy growing Ghost Peppers said it took him 201 days from planting to ripe pepper. (in soil) Attached is a photo of my kit Ghost pepper plant at 56 days.

Mike

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I'm currently growing the

I'm currently growing the Ghost Pepper kit on  a Bounty. One pod didn't take. The other plant is only 3" tall at 41 days. It seems to be healthy with a 6" diameter. Ghost peppers are VERY SLOW. You may need over 120 days for maturity. Your tomato plant will probably force you to raise your light too fast for your ghost pepper plant.

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I hope you let us know how it

I hope you let us know how it works out! I avoid hot peppers myself, but lots of people are interested. I'm not sure I've ever seen an Aerogarden grow of the ghost peppers.

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Thanks to you both.  I asked

Thanks to you both.  I asked because it doesn't list the ghost peppers as an option with the combo kid (but has several other peppers as options with tomatoes).  I think the ghost peppers are bigger (recommends 2 with a 9 pod system), so I think i'll try one ghost pepper and one tall tomatoe variety...  

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I've discovered that you

I've discovered that you should only use as many seed pods as are recommended for your AeroGarden model.  If you put in more seed pods than recommended, when the plants get big enough they will consume all the nutrients out of the water much faster than expected.

I'm having this problem now.  I'm using a 7-pod kit (3 seed pods and 4 spacers) of tomatoes and peppers in a 6-pod AeroGarden.  6-pod AeroGardens are supposed to use only two seed pods and I now see why.  The plants are mature and laden with fruit, but they are developing/ripening very slowly now and show signs of nutrient stress about a week after adding nutrients.  The new leaves go yellow and die, new blossoms wither and some fruit gets dropped before it's ripe.

Lesson learned, it's my first try and the results are otherwise spectacular.

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