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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 14, 2016 9:20 AM CST
I saw this on Pinterest this morning -- I HAVE to give this a try!

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Instructions are found here: http://www.fatalii.net/Bonsai_Chiles_Bonchi
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Name: Greene
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greene
Feb 14, 2016 10:33 AM CST
Wow!! The instructions and photos are perfect...gotta try this. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thumbs up
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Rainbow
Feb 14, 2016 11:51 AM CST
I did come across the Bonchi info about 3 months ago and have 4 "trees" growing in a 5-gallon community pot. I have the same type of peppers shown above growing on my little trees...mine are the Hot Pepper (Capsicum baccatum 'Mayo Chiltepine') Mexican wild peppers. I will transplant them soon into their own "bonsai" pots.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Feb 15, 2016 3:29 PM CST
You're already ahead of the game, KD. I have to try this too. All we need is more addictions, but isn't it all fun!
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Coppice
Feb 16, 2016 5:10 AM CST
Fatalii brought a fairly over grown pepper in, in the fall of his year and back pruned it heavily. It won't stay within ideal bonsai proportions for long, but you should be able to get presentable proportions 8-12 weeks out of the year.
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plantmanager
Feb 16, 2016 10:44 AM CST
I agree In general the pepper plants probably aren't the best for long term bonsai plants. Still, it would be impressive for a short time, and lovely when it's fruiting.
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Rainbow
Feb 16, 2016 1:08 PM CST
True that in general, pepper plants grow large fairly quickly. However, my Mayo Chiltepine "wild" pepper trees had branched out, produced loads of peppers, and has remained fairly compact after only one time of pinching the terminal apex. I believe it is due to the genetics of this variety of pepper.
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plantmanager
Feb 16, 2016 3:51 PM CST
I'll have to look for smaller varieties of pepper. Don't know if I can find yours, KD.
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Rainbow
Feb 16, 2016 4:02 PM CST
I bought my seeds from a vendor on line...I think it was Seeds of Change.
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plantmanager
Feb 16, 2016 4:11 PM CST
Thank You! I'll look there.
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Rainbow
Feb 16, 2016 4:13 PM CST
They ship me their quarterly catalogs too...and I have to restrain myself from buying more. The pictures of vegi's make me drool. Drooling Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Feb 16, 2016 4:23 PM CST
I'm that way with all plant catalogs. I want it all! Rolling on the floor laughing
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plantmanager
Feb 16, 2016 4:37 PM CST
I just looked at Seeds of Change. They don't seem to have your pepper.
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Rainbow
Feb 16, 2016 4:56 PM CST
This company is one that I have ordered from within the past year. It could be that I didn't order it but was given to me as a bonus added to my other orders. This had happened before where they sent me a free packet of cherry tomato seeds. Or else they don't have it anymore.

Karen, if you can't find it on line...please tree-mail me your address and I'll be glad to send you fresh seeds. Smiling
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Feb 16, 2016 5:58 PM CST
Thank You! , KD. I can probably find it, but I'll keep your offer in mind.
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Rainbow
Feb 17, 2016 11:17 PM CST
I know I had at least 4 pepper trees in this 5-gal. pot. Blinking But found only 2 today...I think the cat must have culled the others out. Lillie cat used to use it for potty when she was smaller. Glare

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Okay...I dug up one Mayo Chitipine pepper tree and prepped for bonsai.
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Crossing my fingers that it will survive and flourish. Whistling
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Rainbow
Feb 29, 2016 1:17 AM CST
11 days later...abundant new growth! Hurray! I think the lowest branch needs to be eliminated? Maybe later.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Mar 1, 2016 8:14 AM CST
Looking good, KD! Thumbs up
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Mar 5, 2016 6:19 PM CST
I have variegated ornamental pepper seeds if anyone wants to try for this and for growing outside.

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