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Old 06-06-2012, 12:18 AM   #11
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Where did you get the crown from? You
mentioned plant tone. I'm not familiar with this. Could you elaborate a bit. If this is the secret to your success.... well maybe I need to get on board. Do you plan to move to the ground or will pots be the final place?

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Old 06-06-2012, 12:56 AM   #13
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mentioned plant tone. I'm not familiar with this. Could you elaborate a bit. If this is the secret to your success.... well maybe I need to get on board. Do you plan to move to the ground or will pots be the final place?
Theirjo was kick ass and sent it to me in trade for a variety pack of homebrew. If theres any "secret" its gotta be my turtles water from tank changes. The water has perfect ph balance, dechlorinated, and is full of great micro organisms plants seem to love. The plant tone is just a basic fertilizer that I use for my Trinidad Scorpion, Datil, and Charleston peppers. I use it minimally and just have it to make sure my plants are getting a rounded diet. I dont think I will go in ground because you cant dig a foot here without hitting coral rock. So I figure next season I will get it a nice big pot it can be hoppy in. Heres a few pics of the plant tone label.....
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:02 AM   #14
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As a side project in hope for bigger future yields..... Once I got the 4 bines I wanted I didnt just clip the new sprouts. When they broke the surface if they looked really good and strong I dug down, very gently following the sprout about 5 inches deep and clipped it there. I then took the clipping and planted it in the ground so that just the part that broke surface was above ground. I did this with 3 but only one survived and is growing into its own crown effectively cloning the plant I was given. I plan on letting it grow then digging up the crown to see how much it established.

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Old 06-06-2012, 01:07 AM   #15
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I was wondering for the longest time if I would ever get cones. You're right about noticing the daily growth. My plants are growing like crazy now. It's amazing.
Seems like mine started coning when the bines got near 10 ft. Fun to watch, its become my morning routine.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:16 AM   #16
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I'll see if I can get some good closeups of my cones tomorrow... some of them are starting to get sandy frosty with swelling lupulin glands. They should start smelling wonderful soon.

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Old 06-06-2012, 01:35 AM   #17
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Last year at Key West Brew Fest the guys from FIU were telling us they have been messing around with varieties to see what grows the best in So. Florida.

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Old 06-06-2012, 03:19 AM   #18
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From what Ive read and heard from others the C strains hold up really well in the Southern FL heat.

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Old 06-06-2012, 10:31 AM   #19
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Theirjo was kick ass and sent it to me in trade for a variety pack of homebrew. If theres any "secret" its gotta be my turtles water from tank changes. The water has perfect ph balance, dechlorinated, and is full of great micro organisms plants seem to love. The plant tone is just a basic fertilizer that I use for my Trinidad Scorpion, Datil, and Charleston peppers. I use it minimally and just have it to make sure my plants are getting a rounded diet. I dont think I will go in ground because you cant dig a foot here without hitting coral rock. So I figure next season I will get it a nice big pot it can be hoppy in. Heres a few pics of the plant tone label.....
I also use the same Plant-tone along with some fish emulsion. I'm betting the turtle water is a lot like fish emulsion. I like your pic of the egg/cone size comparison. Nice.
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Yea the 2 are pretty much the same thing. Except the tank water has beneficial bacteria in it that turn the harmful nitrates into a more life friendly form and help keep ammonia levels low. Otherwise, all the same goodies plants love.

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