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Day 166

 Cayenne Golden Chili

The first place goes to the Cayenne Golden Chili which produced the first ripe chili this year. It took about 5.5 months from the first little seedling to a quite impressive chili fruit. It's ~12cm in length. Unfortunately this is merely a "snack chili". The Fataliis will most likely be the next to ripen. There are about 15 little chilis on the largest plant waiting to grow bigger.


Day 127

 Cayenne Golden Chili Chili Blossom

The first chili plant to blossom and to bear fruit turned out to be one of the smallest and weakest: the cayenne golden chili. It has blossoms all over the place and the first fruit appeared a couple of days ago. The chilis are now about 30-40cm high. I will cut back the longest branches if they get bigger than ~50cm. It's just too big for the balcony otherwise.

The experiment with the compressed cocos fibre turned out to be not quite optimal. The nutritional value of the soil is just too low without humus and pouring fertilizer like crazy is not the best option. The plants are significantly smaller and grow much slower. The best option with such a setup is probably specialized nutrient mixture like it is used with hydrophonics. Only a 50:50 mixture of cocos fibre and normal turf based topsoil worked well. In fact the cayenne chili pictured above grows in such a soil mixture.


Day 85

Fatalii Chili Plant Trinidad Scorpion Chili Plant Chili Plant Cocos Potting Soil Young tomato plant

The chilis have grown a lot and the roots started to poke out on the bottom of small pots. The largest ones (well, the Fataliis anyway) are now in pots with 21cm diameter. Interestingly the plants don't really have many roots but they still refuse to grow further if the pot is small.

I planted some of them into a cocos based potting soil. It's no mixture but pure, compressed cocos fiber so they will probably need fertilizer. Traditional potting soil is usually made of compost and turf. Using turf is not exactly environmental friendly. In fact moors are destroyed so that high quality potting soil can be sold cheaply. Cocos fibre on the other hand is a waste product, though it has to be shipped around half of the world. So take your pick, but cocos fibre is probably the better idea.

Sooo, with organic chilis grown, might as well try that cocos stuff. It probably needs a bit more fertilizer, but there are fertilizers that are "compatible" with organic farming. The one I use is based on vinasse made mainly from sugar beets and other plants. Also a by-product.


Day 68

Trinidad Scorpion Chili Plant Fatalii Chili Plant Cayenne Golden Chili Plant

The chilies can now be outside during most of the day. I don't let them stand outside during the night, yet. Should be around 5°C, but you never know. The Fatalii has somewhat "overgrown" all others. Definitely the fastest grower.

Some don't really want to grow, unfortunately. The Cayenne, rightmost picture, and three others haven't really grown much. I don't know if it's the weather, but they clearly don't like something.


Day 57

The four repotted chilies have grown to almost twice their size since so I decided to move them all out of the green house and into their own flower pots. It's not exactly tropical climate around here, but there is much more light available.

The final count is 11 plants:

  • 3x Jolokia
  • 3x Habanero
  • 3x Fatalii
  • 1x Cayenne
  • 1x Trinidad Scorpion

Day 55

Fatalii Chili Seedling

I have repotted 4 chili plants that had their roots growing out of their small pots and because of the weather being really nice. They are already roasting in the midday and evening sun. :) They will now stay in 12cm pots until it's warm enough for them to be outside during the night. The final pots will be 21cm which store enough water for about a summer day in direct sun.


Day 51

Cayenne Seedling Fatalii Seedling Habanero Seedling

The weather has been quite nice the last days and some of the Chilis "took advantage" of the sun. Meaning they have grown more in three days than in the three weeks before. The Fataliis like last year seem to be the fastest growers. One of them now has its first pair of leaves. They will probably get their own pots next weekend.

They were originally planted in compressed earth made from coconut palm wood and leaves which is rather nutrient-poor but it is well suited for cultivating plants from seeds. The young chilis need to be repotted into real earth soon after sprouting or you could use fertilizer. The later can be dangerous if not thinned down enough as it can burn the delicate roots of seedlings.


Split a large directory into smaller chunks

I wanted to archive a 130GB directory containing various files to bluray discs. As bluray burning seems to be "highly experimental" under Linux, no GUI program I wanted to install could write to such a disc. On the command line it works with dvd+rw-tools which wants a subdirectory with contents that gets written to disc.

The code below takes an input directory 'basedir' and hardlinks its content into smaller directories under 'targetdir' with a maximum size of 'volumesize'.

#!/usr/bin/python # burns with: growisofs -udf -iso-level 3 -allow-limited-size -Z /dev/sr0 vol1/ import os basedir = '/media/Blackbox/More_Stuff/Software' targetdir = '/media/Blackbox/More_Stuff/Software-bkp' volumesize = 48440016896 # Size from dvd+rw-mediainfo print 'Creating hard-linked directory structure from\n%s\nto\n%s\nwith a volume size of %d bytes\n' % (basedir, targetdir, volumesize) def createroot(root): # print 'createroot on path %s' % root if not os.path.exists(root): os.makedirs(root) def makelink(relname): src = '%s/%s' % (basedir, relname) target = '%s/%s' % (volume_dir, relname) # print 'Linking %s -> %s\n' % (src, target) try: os.link(src, target) except OSError as error: print 'File probably not readable for us: %s' % src size = 0 vol = 1 volume_dir = '%s/vol%d' % (targetdir, vol) os.makedirs(volume_dir) for root, dirs, files in os.walk(basedir): for name in files: fname = os.path.join(root, name) fsize = os.path.getsize(fname) relname = os.path.relpath(fname, basedir) if (size + fsize) > volumesize: print 'Volume %d: %s bytes.' % (vol, size) # New volume vol += 1 size = fsize volume_dir = '%s/vol%d' % (targetdir, vol) os.makedirs(volume_dir) else: size += fsize newroot = os.path.dirname(os.path.join(volume_dir, relname)) createroot(newroot) makelink(relname) print 'Volume %d: %s bytes.' % (vol, size)

Day 44

Trinidad Scorpion seedling Ghost Pepper seedling Fatalii seedling

Three chili plants and all of them look different. The Scorpion (left one) has somewhat longish leaves while the others are shaped more classically. The Ghost Pepper is also different as the trunk is coloured slightly red while the others are completely green. The Habaneros, too, have hints of red in their colours. They are also growing their first real leaves, so it's time to repot them in the next few days. They will have to leave their heated greenhouse, but indoors temperature should be enough.

New (and probably final) leaderboard:

  • 3x Jolokia
  • 3x Habanero
  • 2x Fatalii
  • 1x Cayenne
  • 1x Trinidad Scorpion

Day 42

Finally! A Trinidad Scorpion has sprouted. While on the last spot of our leaderboard, I hope it'll take the first place when it comes to heat. Well, two more Scorpions to go. I hope they, too, will grow.


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