Re: [CH] Tale of Two Serranos

Calvin Donaghey (
Sun, 31 May 1998 09:39:21 -0500

I have found that a depletion of the trace nutrients in my potted plants can
cause the situation you describe.  I use a compost made of washed seaweed
because it has all the micronutrients in it, and have solved the problem.  If
this is your plant's problem, and you have a couple of inches of room in the
pot, you can find out by filling the pot to the brim with rich soil and watering
in just enough to moisten but not run out the bottom.  Do this once a day in the
morning for a week.  You will see a quick response if your plant needs some
micronutrients.  Good Luck,   Calvin
Senor Chile Monger wrote:

> Two Serranos plants I had in my garden last year were very disappointing
> producers I think, in part, because of inadequate light and the general clay
> nature of the soil in the area they were planted.  So, at the end of the
> season, I shoveled them out of the garden and into 14" pots lined with
> potting soil.  I also cut them back to about 6' high as they had become
> spindly because of the inadequate light.  They survived outside along the
> south side of the house all winter despite 40+ inches of rain,
> hurricane-force winds (clocked at 86mph one night) and a couple of sub-32
> degree nights.  This year they are going crazy!  Both have heavy foliage and
> have tripled in size, only one though is setting any blossoms.  I've
> inspected the blossomless one very closely and see no sign of buds, the
> other has 8-10 blossoms with many buds on deck.  I've fertilized them both
> the same, that is, once with 10-10-10.  Does anyone have an explanation,
> theory, hunch?
> Thanks for you thoughts.
> In Chiles,
> Doug