Toasted Burnt to a Crisp ;(

leafericson(6)February 23, 2013

Germinating pepper seeds in the oven is a Bad, Bad idea.
Don't get me wrong; it works great. Just make sure you remove the knob from the oven.
I put a post-it note next to the knob saying "Do not turn on oven seeds inside" and ""someone"".. still turned it on...
Well that batch is cooked. I should of taken out some fire insurance on these guys.
I replanted everything except scotch bonnet, manzano and giant white habanero; no more seeds left.
I have removed the oven knob and let's hope "That" ""Someone"" doesn't try to toast my pepper seeds again...
Well on the bright side at least my house didn't burn down:)

Eric

This post was edited by LeafEricson on Sat, Feb 23, 13 at 20:29

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ab2008(6)

Holy smokes!

Those are some hot seeds!

Sorry I had to lol... Sucks that you lost that many seed though :\ and hope your new guys come up.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:26PM
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leafericson(6)

That's ok; I enjoy some good humor.
It gives a whole new meaning to the words "Hot Peppers"

Eric

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:34PM
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ab2008(6)

Were you able to get them out of the oven before it got TOO hot on the little guys or did it most definitely kill the seeds?

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:51PM
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daisydawnny(5)

Yipes....do you have 2 ovens....I could be guilty of making that mistake.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:54PM
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leafericson(6)

ab2008, a certain "someone" toasted a bagel in the broiler this morning when I came home from work I went to check them and they had been long gone. Considering how burnt the seed tray is; I would say there is no hope for them so I started another seed tray.
daisydawnny, just one oven. Please tell me you didn't do this too..
If I had extra heat mats this would never of happened. But still; I prefer the oven with it's pilot light the humidity dome doesn't collect condensation so you have very good germination rates and no rotted seeds.

Eric

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 10:19PM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

Hi Eric! Sorry to hear about your oven mishap. I've never done that with seeds, but my husband put a plastic bowl of popcorn in the oven one time to keep it from getting stale, and I melted it pretty good!

Hey, I haven't sent out your package yet from the swap. I'm pretty sure I have some Scotch Bonnets, and Manzano seeds left. There is a couple packs of White Habaneros, but they are not the Giant one, if you'd like those too. Just let me know if there's anything else that you need replacements for, and I'll see if anyone sent them in.

Bonnie

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 10:29PM
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leafericson(6)

Hey Bonnie, that would be wonderful. Thanks for thinking of me. do you need me to send more postage or a bubble envelope? I know I only sent a regular size envelope; my mistake. I'm hoping to grow out at least a 50 different variety's for next year's swap. I hope you will host it again so I can share all of them with everyone.

Eric

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 11:02PM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

No worries. I've got you covered!

Hope your second sowing goes off without a hitch.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 11:16PM
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kuvaszlvr

WOW! sorry to see that Eric. When I read "burnt to a crisp" it reminded me of coming home from work on Friday, husband was already home - vacation. I was going to go out and check on the greenhouse, he commented, "uh oh, I forgot to go out and turn off the heaters." Well, it was close to an oven in there. Luckily I only lost about 30-50 plants, but it's sad to see the little guys all crispy.
Pam

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 11:07AM
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TheMasterGardener1(5B)

Should have used 'heat' resistant varieties.

;)

This post was edited by TheMasterGardener1 on Mon, Feb 25, 13 at 13:37

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 12:34PM
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esox07

I am sure you are not real happy about this but I will admit that I had to laugh a little. My first thought when seeing the photo was that you were going to say someone was trying to grow hotter peppers. That mishap will put you back a week or so. At least they were not 6" seedlings. Good luck on your restart. Bruce

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 4:04PM
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maple_grove_gw

The dreaded yellow sticky note strikes again! LOL.

Seriously though, sorry to see what happened, and best of luck for the next go round.

Alex

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 4:15PM
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scotty66(8 Hutto TX)

Just out of curiousity.... water those cells and cover them and see what happens. if that oven had gotten REALLY hot that plastic would be on the bottom of the oven.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 6:05PM
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leafericson(6)

scotty66, I did take a few of them out of that and put them in new cells just to see if they will germinate. It must of got pretty hot in the oven for the plasic to turn black.

Here is a picture of a plastic spoon that I left in the seed tay on top of the soil.

Melted plastic spoon on the left. Normal plasitc spoon on the right.
Reminds me of making shrinky dinks when I was a kid, LOL anyone rember those?

Eric

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 9:15PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

Hope you and "someone" have come to an understanding about the true purpose of the oven. Who would have thought "someone" would use it for cooking!

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 9:53PM
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leafericson(6)

Ohiofem, yea I know its really my fault. I can't be bitter about it. I only have two heat mats and Ijust wanted to get another seed tray going. Guess you live and learn.

Eric

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 10:00PM
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AZ-J(9a)

Just checking in here to see how you are doing. Not so good, I see. I can help you! Check your mail. --Jay

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 9:55AM
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esox07

If those seeds wind up germinating, it will of interest to NASA. It would once and for all prove that life on Mars is possible.
Bruce

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 10:33AM
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leafericson(6)

Hey AZ-J, happy to hear from you on Garden Web. That was just one extra seed tray; I've got a lot more going, a lot! I'm really excited to share all of them in next year's pick-a-pepper-seed-swap. Besides burning my tongue off; that was my whole intention to share the wealth in the first place. Sorry I didn't get a chance to read your e-mail I've got a new job and I've been working hard; very tired. I will shoot you an e-mail soon. I've got a few you don't have and you've got a few I don't have maybe another trade on its way huh?

Eric

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 10:17PM
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AZ-J(9a)

At least the toasted tray was an extra and you have more already going. I have newly transplanted seeds which were started the first week of February and I'm also waiting on another dozen or so to sprout... and then there are even more trades in the mail. I need to buy another bag of starter mix and some more transplant pots. It seems like I'll never stop planting. These peppers are as addictive to grow as potato chips are to eat!

    Bookmark   March 3, 2013 at 11:29AM
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