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(3,185 posts)
Fri Aug 19, 2022, 06:20 PM Aug 2022

NASA encouraging everyone to grow chile plants


There’s a link to get seeds. Pretty cool.

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Months after growing green and red chile on the International Space Station (ISS), the project’s organizers said they are still seeing success. Engineer and Plant Scientist Jacob Torres explained how the experiment is working out.

Torres said they found the crop very adaptable but growing plants in space takes longer, which can be a setback. He also explained that instead of growing straight up, the plants grew into a sphere, making the physiology of the plant unique.

Now, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has decided to fund a new project aimed at growing chile around the world to show that the crop can adapt to many different environments as well as space.

The team working with NASA will send chile seeds for you to grow the crop, and Torres said that even though the crop is usually grown in New Mexico, they also want New Mexicans to take part. Schools are also welcome to grow the plant in their classrooms. As of July 1, 2022, there have been 110 entries for the “Space Chile Grow a Pepper Plant Challenge.”
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NASA encouraging everyone to grow chile plants (Original Post) Ponietz Aug 2022 OP
The plants dweller Aug 2022 #1
Absent gravity, no negative geotrophism. WheelWalker Aug 2022 #2
Had to look that up dweller Aug 2022 #3
So, no apical dominance then? Ponietz Aug 2022 #5
My red peppers are finally getting ripe and they're 6 months old! BigmanPigman Aug 2022 #4
just sent this NJCher Aug 2022 #6
... Ponietz Aug 2022 #7


(24,301 posts)
3. Had to look that up
Fri Aug 19, 2022, 07:30 PM
Aug 2022

Geotropism, phototropism etc … doesn’t explain spherical growth …
But growth into a sphere is not clear also … circular? Globular ?




(3,185 posts)
5. So, no apical dominance then?
Sat Aug 20, 2022, 09:33 AM
Aug 2022

Indoor cannabis growers basically wrestle against this tendency with low resistance training or deal with it drastically with pruning. Its a ridiculous idea but space cannabis may have a market. Yet “Branson’s Private Stash” might make a good sci-fi comic or anime.
More on the experiment: [link:https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-s-second-pepper-harvest-sets-record-on-space-station


(52,128 posts)
4. My red peppers are finally getting ripe and they're 6 months old!
Fri Aug 19, 2022, 07:34 PM
Aug 2022

I doubt my gardening expertise would be helpful to science.

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