Question about Growing Ghost Peppers

CSlaterNovember 6, 2011

Hi, ive been growing these naga jolokias for about 5 months and I have not had any peppers yet. I was wondering if this was normal?

The plant seems to be growing normal, it already had its flowers.Any suggestions?

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ottawapepper

Jolokias, in my experience, are a long season plant. Depending on seasonal conditions they can take 7 to 9 months to produce ripe fruit.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 12:29PM
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habjolokia

Any pics? What growing conditions are they in? Seems like you got flowers but no peppers from them, did they drop or dry up hen drop?

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 12:30PM
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Edymnion(7a)

Yeah, these things take a long time to start putting out flowers, and when they do they're hard to pollinate so you'll either need some very industrious insects or you'll have to pollinate by hand.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 1:17PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

One of my buddies, who grew the same peppers from the same seeds that I used,
hasn't had any significant pods on his plants. I'm not sure what happened, but it's strange.
Too much fertilizer perhaps.

Josh

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 1:49PM
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CSlater

I can try to get some pictures up later, but the flowers on the plant fell off into the soil, never dried up until the fell. The conditons of my house are on average about 75 degrees and sunlight on them for about 5+ hours a day.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 1:51PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Whoa, I didn't realize that you're growing these indoors....that changes things considerably.
Are you using extra lighting? If you want peppers, you'll need much stronger indoor lighting.
Remember, outdoor shade is much brighter than the sunniest window indoors.

Do you have a fan gently blowing on the plants?

Josh

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 2:00PM
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CSlater

as of right now there is no extra lighting, and yes i have a fan on it.

so if i was to buy a light, what type of lighting should i use?

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 2:36PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

That is a question that I am not qualified to answer.
However, there are several folks here who grow under lights and I'm hoping that they'll chime in.

Josh

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 3:08PM
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ottawapepper

I too am not the best person to suggest a solution but I'll offer a thought..

I'm in zone 5 so I start my long season peppers (Bhuts etc.) early and grow them out under 400W HID lights and move outdoors in the spring. I can grow them to fully ripe fruit under my lights but a 400W HID is overkill for one plant. To bring one plant from seed to ripe fruit inside I'd figure a full spectrum 200W-250W CFL.

I readily stand to be corrected ;-)

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 4:42PM
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CSlater

Thanks alot ottawpepper, i will have to try the light. Figured that is what it was but just making sure before i went out and bought it

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 9:24PM
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    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 9:40PM
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LocoGuy

Nice. Can't wait for mine to grow

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 11:30PM
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simsedward

I also live in Michigan and my ghost peppers do really well outside from May until october. My first year I only got about 15-20 peppers. I overwintered the plant and planted it back in the ground last may. I just dug it up and brought it in the house for its second winter. This season I got well over 100 peppers. Your plant definitely looks like it needs more light. I put mine in the window for the winter but I am not trying to get it to produce...just to survive. It thrives in direct sun all spring/summer/fall. I think if you keep it going through the winter and get it outside next spring you will be rewarded with a nice harvest.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2011 at 5:55AM
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Edymnion(7a)

A couple of 120w equivalent Daylight florescent bulbs from Home Depot should be sufficient as long as you put them somewhere close to the plant (and not up in a ceiling fixture while the pot is on the floor).

Just make sure it says daylight on it, not soft-white or the like. Color code usually has it so daylight is in blue packaging while soft-white is in green.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2011 at 8:49AM
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capoman(5a)

Get T5HO's. T12's mentioned above wouldn't be bright enough for fruiting. Peppers need a LOT of light. HID's are still your best bet, but not worth it for one plant.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2011 at 4:33PM
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DrillSgtLangdon

I've been working with a make-shift, hydroponics system that I duplicated based on a vid that I found on YouTube. So far, my Bhut Jalokia's (Ghost peppers) have grown twice as fast in half the amount of time as when I was using the soil/pot method, and it only cost me $43.00 US :) I posted the vid below. Enjoy!

Here is a link that might be useful: DIY, Hydroponics Instructional Vid

    Bookmark   December 26, 2011 at 8:23PM
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