Some more or less exciting news

February 2, 2009

Well, first of all, I’ve done some shopping last week and now am the proud owner of a mini-greenhouse, where my plants will live the first weeks of their life 🙂

Mini-GreenhouseI’ve also been thinking about buying a warmth-mat, but it would’ve been at least 20 Euros, so I hope my chilis will be fine with the place on the radiator.

Sadly there they are quite a bit beyond the window, so I think I’ll buy some pringles today and try to build some warmth channeling construction to lift the whole greenhouse a little and expose them a little more to the sun that way.

As you might it has room for ten seeds, so I’ll try 5 Dorset Naga and 5 Numex Twilight, even though I only plan to plant respectively three of each of them. But a little redundance can’t be a bad thing. I hope you pardon me for using this as a perfect transition to my second topic for today: My seeds arrived!

One package of NuMex Twilight, one package of Dorset Naga and the formerly mentioned growing instruction. Quite good to see is the warning in the upper right corner which says: “WARNING: These plants will produce extremely hot chillies. Always handle the fruit with care, especially if the skin is broken. Do not let children handle these chillies.”

p1030206Planning to seed them next monday (and I guess I’ll upload a foto or two that day). The growing manual sais emergence is to be expected after one up to three weeks, while I think it’s about two weeks for NuMex Twilight. Afterall, when the first plants emerge, I’ll keep you updated.

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Growing the hottest chili in the world

January 17, 2009

Well, as a huge chili fan i’ve decided to try to grow the hottest chili in the world, namely Naga Jolokia. And 21st century style im going to document the experiment in a weblog.

The title of the blog means literrally “The house of the insane” and is somehow derived from the band “El Canto Del Loco” I’m living in Goettingen, central Germany (which maybe gives you some insight about the climate) and well, it’s the first time ever I try to grow anything in my flat.

I’ve just ordered some Dorset Naga from Really Cool Seeds, which is a variety of the former mentioned Naga Jolokia, developed by Really Cool Seeds. The website states that they measured 1,000,000 SHU from the grown up chilis, which is about 20 to 30 times hotter than tabasco. Afterall, since I won’t be able to grow the under optimal conditions, my results may be a lot smaller.

The website states also, that “Dorset Naga is not an easy chilli to grow and novices may be disappointed with their results.” So to be not totally disappointed when I won’t get even a single chili, I’ve also ordered some Numex Twilight, which Really Cool Seeds states to have about 30,000 SHU, which is about the heat of tabasco (However, The Chileman lists them with only 1.000 SHU, we’ll see who’s more accurate 🙂 ). They also state them to be “ideal as an “edible ornamental” kept in a conservatory or on a sunny house windowsill.”. And since growing ’em on my windowsill is exactly what I’m going to do, I’ve much higher expection to be successfull with theese ones.

So much for the first post, I’ll keep you up to date when the seeds arrive and I’m really beginning to actually do anything but talking 🙂