7 Pod Brain Strain in DWC

I decided to grow the 7 Pod Brain Strain hot pepper in a homemade DWC bucket. I will update this post with progress in the coming weeks and months.

I got the seeds this past summer from user “Pepper Ridge Farm” at the thehotpepper.com. I have not tasted one myself yet but it’s supposed to be hot – as in as hot if not hotter than the current Guinness record holding Naga Jolokia aka Bhut Jolokia aka Ghost Pepper.

I’m not one to baby my seeds to get them to sprout and the brain strain seed I used was no exception. After soaking the rock wool overnight I inserted a single brain strain seed and immediately put the rock wool and seed into the 3 inch basket + hydrotron and into the 5 gallon DWC. That was November 6, 2010.

Here’s what popped up on December 8th 2010:

7 pod brain strain seed sprout

Still just in water (no nutes) here’s what it looked like 10 days later on December 18th 2010:

7 pod brain strain seed sprout 2

Still just enjoying ph adjusted tap water here’s where the brain strain sprout is on December 28th:

7 pod brain strain plant in dwc

Using the gallery on this site for the photos so they will be a in a different size from now on.

Still in the same PH adjusted water, not nutes. Here’s how the 7 pod brain strain looks on Jan 2, 2011

Dumped the water and added some nutrients today. Since I dropped the seed in the rock wool in Novemeber this 7 pod has been in just water. Here’s how it looks on January 8, 2011:

roots –

Here’s the January 18, 2011 7 pod brain strain update. Seems to like the nutes I gave it.

January 28, 2011 update. Growth seems to have slowed and have lost some leaves. Going to swap out the water/nutes this weekend and see if that helps. Not sure what the problem is. PH is in the right range. Nutes are diluted.

February 12, 2011 update. Lots of shoots growing under the min leaves. Roots have been growing like crazy and noticed small buds starting to form a few days ago. Will probably pinch considering the size of the plant. Under just about the same conditions the brain strain definitely grows a lot slower than the chocolate bhut jolokias i am growing.

March 5 2011 Update-
I decided to transplant the 7 pod brain strain from it’s dwc home to a pot with dirt to get it ready to move outside in the spring. I followed the same process a few weeks ago when i transplanted a chocolate bhut jolokia from a dwc bucket to dirt and that plant is doing very well. It was getting too crowded under my 2 foot grow light and since the chocolate bhut jolokia i am growing is so much taller it was hard to keep the light on both of them.

Here’s how the brain strain looked. Short and stocky and all the new growth was coming from the bottom portion of the plant.

The roots –

The roots cut back –

The 7 pod brain strain laying on a paper towel –

Brain strain in it’s new home –

March 27, 2011 Update

Still a slow grower but the Brain Strain seems to be enjoying it’s new dirt pot home:

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12 Responses to 7 Pod Brain Strain in DWC

  1. David says:

    Those are some nice close-up shots of the seedling. Do you have an update on how the BrainStrain turned out? Taste? Size?

    Might I buy some seeds off of you?

  2. pepperseed says:

    I ended up transplanting that plat to my outside garden and then pulled it because the brain strains I started from seed in dirt were growing so much faster. I have yet to try one of the pods but have been told it’s incredibly hot.

    If you want brain strain seeds PRF is the man –

  3. David says:

    I tried that method. I registered in order to purchase seeds from PRF. They are not kind to new members who just want to buy seeds. They didn’t even let me in the forum!

    • pepperseed says:

      David, would be happy to hook you up with some Brain Strain seeds. I’m probably about two weeks away from having them ready. Hit me with a comment in another 10 – 14 days if you’re still looking for seeds and we’ll get you hooked up.

  4. David says:


    Just hitting you up again as I am still looking for some brain strain seeds.



    • pepperseed says:

      David, email me your address at info @ thepepperseed.com and I’ll send a pod your way. They seem to have plenty of seeds.

  5. jonathan says:

    ok this reminds me of all those people growing Hot peppers in Hawaiian Soil in perfect Weather.

    News FLASH Peppers make Heat in proportion to Stress.

    Meaning the Harder the plant has it the worse the Soil the Hotter the Pepper.

    So I grow mine in sane 1 watering once every 2 weeks.

    Basically a unhealthy plant makes for fewer and hotter fruit.

    Being it needs them hotter to survive.

    You will get a huge crop but not near as hot with hydroponics.

    Good if you want lots of seeds or for cloning.

    • pepperseed says:

      Hi Jonathan,

      While stress can make peppers hotter it’s not really an issue with peppers like the brain strain. They are incredibly hot, stressed or otherwise. I view stressting as lack of water, not poor soil. Poor soil robs the plant of nutrients and doesn’t contribute to a pepper being any hotter. I’d advocate great soil soil conditions if you want an abundance of super hot peppers from a highly productive plant.

  6. Louis Gama de Mascarenhas says:

    Dear Pepperseed,

    As direct great, great grandson of Vasco da Gama, the portuguese navigator who discovered the sea way to India, I love hot food. Can I have some seeds of yours? Please? Tell me how to pay for them.

    Best regards

    L. G. Mascarenhas

  7. bruce quedenfeld says:

    you put seed in rock wool (insolation)? what are the round balls I picture

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