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  1. I found the Datura Metel growing in a botanic garden in India, many years ago, and took home some of it's seeds.They are easy to grow and make beautiful purple trumpet shaped flowers. But the flower only lasts two or three days, and the Metel is an annual. I grafted it to Capsicum, a perennial, to see what happens to the scion. Will it die, like usual, or survive longer then just one season. In some cases, the root stock can supply the scion with more K then "usual" , resulting in more flowers and fruits. A less vigorous root stock can lead to "dwarfing" of the scion, and a more vigorous root stock should lead to bigger flowers and fruits on the scion. The Metel is highly poisonous, and the chili fruits that will grow on a grafted combination plant will also be poisonous, it seems... I tested the strength of my cannabis grafts, they get very tough. But it seems common they break easily on the Capsicum plant. I'll try to strap and support the plant when needed.
  2. In the background you see the two grafted peppers that I made earlier. Looks like they started growing. In the center of the picture is the combination I made six days ago. The rootstock is a Habanero Chili Pepper, the scion is an annual, the Datura Metel (in the U.S.A known as Devil's Trumpet). It seems to hold...
  3. From the Guardian: Over the past days, the European Union has announced it is considering excluding Americans from the list of travelers who will be admitted to EU countries when their borders open up on 1 July. It’s not a matter of politics, not a retaliation for the fact that Donald Trump has banned travelers from Europe from entering the United States, but a more commonsense scientific decision based solely on criteria having to do with health: America has done such a poor job of controlling the Covid-19 outbreak that our infection rate is increasing dramatically while that of most European nations (and others such as Cuba, China and Vietnam) is either remaining stable or decreasing. We’re simply too dangerous – too likely to bring the deadly virus along with the more welcome (and needed) tourist dollars. Yankees, stay home!
  4. There are Bell peppers that start green, then turn purple, but then lose that color, and turn red when they get ripe. There have been much research into this phenomenon, as a purple Bell ( the Paprika, as we call them) would be commercially interesting. It turned out it's a genetic thing, as the fruits age they change color, and there is no way to stimulate them (with nutes or lighting etc) to stay purple. It's in the genes. You can graft capsicum onto potato, tomato, eggplant etc. In some cases the scion gets more K, that leads to a more abundant flowering and bigger fruits. But I grafted my peppers just to get different fruits on one plant. Both root stock still have a few of their shoots. Were have a heat wave here now, and the peppers love it. All plants have flower buds now. Not sure if I have two or three different kinds, but I'll find out soon. In the video below, the guy explains how to make crosses. I'll give it a try!
  5. An American that's wondering about other countries, That's quite remarkable!
  6. Yes, a nice surprise. During my traveling in Sweden last summer, we stopped between two villages at a small shop that had a pick nick bench in front of the traditional wooden building, and turned out to be selling second hand stuff and home made clothes. Our plan was to have a break, and the shopkeeper was willing to serve us coffee, and joined us outside on the bench, where we talked about many things. I noticed he was also selling Capsicums that he grew on the veranda. I asked the man if it were chili peppers, but it was paprika, the Bell pepper. He went inside, and came back with a few dried pods of hot peppers, and gave them to me. It turned out the man used to spend the winters in Peru, and brought some peppers over. By the time I got home, the peppers were all crushed and mixed, so I could not identify or separate them. I put them in soil in Februari. Some of the plants started with a pair of dark purple leafs, and they grow a bit more compact then the others, (I assume the others are habaneros). The flowers came quickly, and the fruit starts being yellow, but then starts turning purple as soon as it's bigger then a pea. I grew a purple pepper a few years ago, and expected something like that. The fruits were cherry size and shape, starting green, then purple, then red at the end. But this is completely different. The fruits get "wrinkly and warty" now, that's why I guess a a type of "Ghost" or "Purple Bhut Jolokia". I wonder if they stay that colour, of if they might turn brown or red. I searched on the internet, but I could not find a chili that starts off being yellow. No pictures. And in all the descriptions it says they start being green. Unusual, indeed. The green plants are making their flowers now, so I might find some more surprises.
  7. Grafting the "Purple Ghost" onto a Habanero plant.
  8. I'd like to add that the global average says nothing about the risk to get infected. You have to look at the local infection rate for that. The number of cases in Brazil or Botswana are not going to affect me, but the amount of cases in my town most likely are.
  9. Around 60.000 people died of covid19 in your country so far. That's about 0.02 % of the population. That's 20 times higher then the figure you mentioned. Stop spreading your bullshit!
  10. 7.5 billion divided by 200.000 is 37.500 Go back to school!
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