Apache Chilli (Capsicum annuum) picking off first pod for next years seeds

Capsicum annuum or the Apache Chilli is a very sturdy plant with a high yield. This year I selected a test plant from B&Q just to see how well they do in my greenhouse… the answer is very well indeed.

I’ve set up a second YouTube channel ready for documenting the growth, harvest and chilli sauce making processes. Next year will be full on – greenhouse full of chilli plants. I have started my seed collection that includes some really wicked hot species.

Please check out the youtube channel – I’ll be setting up a website very soon in preparation.

I have found a love for growing plants. I may just be getting old or it was always there lurking. We will see.

Reaction to EXOTICS LAIR Thailand black rehousing!

I’ve been sitting on this video weighing up the pros and cons of releasing it. I thought about turning off comments/likes/dislikes BUT decided against it. There is no doubt that Exotics Lair is an entertainer and a hugely successful YouTuber – I have a very strong opinion with channels exploiting the animals for views INSTEAD of showcasing how amazing they can be. We as keepers/hobbyists have a responsibility to give our spiders appropriate conditions to “feel” secure and thrive. The water dish series is a prime example.

REACTION to TARANTULA bite vid (Orange Baboon Tarantula)

So every now and then a video will keep popping up in my social media feeds and over the years become extremely difficult to ignore any longer. This is one of of them. A young chap apparently getting bitten by different species of tarantula for “research” purposes…. what a crock of shite!

This spider, Pterinochilus murinus, is a defensive “old world” Theraphosid spider found in central, eastern and southern Africa and is affectionately known as the OBT or Orange Bitey Thing.

THREE spider pairings (Pterinochilus, Thrixopelma and Davus) The Tarantula Cave Breeding Comp!

So I thought I’d be a clever bugger and pair up three different species in the same night (after midnight)

I was especially keen to get the Davus pentaloris project started to get a time under my belt – me and Martin from “The Tarantula Cave” have a competition going to see who’s male Davus is the bigger stud muffin. Rules are simple, time starts when the male enters the enclosure and touches the substrate and quickest time to get at the female and connect.

Totally underestimated how long this would take. I heard from Martin that his was long…… BUT after 3 hours I gave up. Looks like I’ll have to try again soon for a better time.

Gardening at 8am!! Tomato, Chilli and Carnivorous plants

Gardening is rewarding. This is the first time I’ve tried to grow anything of my own in the garden and I’ve been documenting the process along the way. 

I don’t think these vids are suitable for a spider channel so I’ll post some on here if you want. 

The HIGHS and LOWS of the tarantula hobby

This is where the hobby sucks – Elation when our Poecilotheria metallica drops an eggsac and utter despair when she eats it the day after.

Another YouTube first though… I’ve never seen any footage of a pokie eating the sac

Poecilotheria striata – surprise eggsac

Its always good to come home to find a nice surprise in the spider room – this time it is a Poecilotheria striata eggsac. This female was paired over 6 months ago and I was almost starting to give up hope of her ever dropping. We’ve had striata eggsacs previously this year but have been eaten within the first three weeks. Fingers crossed that this one will go the distance.

I’m especially happy with this sac as it seems like there aren’t many people breeding this species of pokie at the moment.