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 Everyone who sent me a pm, the seeds are going out tomorrow or day after. I do have a couple of suggestions as I have ran these many years now, here goes.


Start them super early. Anyone with a winter or out door planting time of late April to early May should start these indoors by January 20th. I am in Kansas and this works for us well.  If you havent grown chilis from seed, they CAN be a bitch to germinate. I suggest you read up on the subject.


Bhuts are notoriously slow early developers until they get a rootball established. Plain ol organic potting soil with NO FERTILIZER additives is reccomended, no worm castings, or any meals or anything until developed.


Once the pepper plants are 4-8" tall with at least 6-8 leaflets, they are ready to transplant. They thrive in organics. Don't let anyone tell you organics don't work in containers - they do. I got my recipes for organic growing soil mixes from some cannabis - yes cannabis growers , and they really do well. In fact I had several 6' tall plants that two people couldn't reach around together.


I do three transplants. Start in 3" square pot, transplant into 6" pot with very little worm castings and other goodies, then into a 1 gallon pot. I like to let the plant get a little rootbound in the 6" pot-not much but a little. I finish the plants in 6-14 gallon nursery pots. This gives the rootmass alot of room to grow. Bigger rootmass equals more peppers.


Start the seedlings under regular shop lights. If you use HID lights, do not use until the plants have atleast 6 true leaves. Keep the HID's atleast 3 feet above and move down slowly. No closer than 18". Harden the plants outdoors when the nights are above 60 degrees by putting them in a low sun area for a couple hours, then slowly move them into more sun. In about ten days, they will take off. This usually when I transplant into 1 gallon pots . The 1 gallon pots usually get rootbound in 14-28 days.


I have grown these in my garden and the plants usually ran in containers produce by late July where as the plants in the garden are just now producing. I usually get over 150 peppers per plant in 14 gallon containers. In 5 gallon buckets, more like 70-90.


The plants in the larger pots will need water every day unless it rains. I save rainwater as I have a problem with chloramine which will not bubble out of tap water. This kills the beneficial bacterias, fungi's and microlife that really push the organics to work. I also bubble some compost and worm casting teas once a month and add to my water.


However you choose to grow these, I hope it is successful and you enjoy them. They are dangerously hot. I used to play pranks with them until I got my ass beat severely by four good ol boys - and I am not a small man and can handle myself quite well!!  heheheheheheh.


Anyone who decides not to grow from seeds can order from Cross Country Nurseries. about 3.50 a plant delivered. They deliver hardy, thriving plants safely and a week to 10 days before the weather is right to move outside. I don't work for them, but use them every year. Their Bhuts are not hybridized and are the real dealio. Same with their red savinas.


If you need help or suggestions keep in touch.   Peace    Tim

post #2 of 9

Oh I'm waiting for them. I might try a hydroponics system to get them started, What do you think about that? If not I'll start them indoors in my window'ed loft.

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Most folks starting with seeds have used a germination heating pad that have done well. Theres lots of stuff on the web. I am no expert, just knows what works for me. Starting in hydro would be tricky, but once established may do well. Bhut's need a very low amount of water, but need it all the time in containers. In hydro? I dunno. Give her a try. Ive got more seeds.

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Low amount of water, I think thats were I might have made a mistake the last time. Thanks a bunch. :)

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Got the seeds.... many thanks.....

post #6 of 9

Got my seeds today. Thank you very much.


Keep an eye on your mailbox

post #7 of 9

Got my seeds also.

 how do i store them till time to germinate in the spring???

post #8 of 9

Well. so far so good the germination is well over 80%...  I use the heat off  the hearth of my fireplace that gets used daily..... Many Thanks...

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He may be on the small size but he is one of five that I have raised from your seeds..... and they are starting to blossom...

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