I tasted my first SRP last week. It had heat but no sweetness whatsoever. I attributed it to a partial ripened state. I will wait a bit as I have several forming. I'm hoping the flavour improves. Then again the weather shifted from scorching heat to cold nights again and the baccatums are yellowing in the leaves. I suspect my climate is not preferential to baccatums.
Yes, I feel like you won't get the full sweetness from any chile unless you allow it to ripen fully. SRPs are new to me this season, so I'm not familiar with the fully ripened color, and going off online photos can be difficult for ANY pepper. But, in the case of the SRP, it seems like there's a lot of variation. Some pics online show almost Orange-Hab coloration with a green calyx. Others are way more "peachy" and some of those show a bleeding calyx. Mine have the bleeding calyx, so...
I got all scientifical with the first pod I plucked. I carefully observed it when the color began to change, and once it stabilized for about three days with no further discernable color change, I picked it. And I cut it up and shared it with a couple friends within an hour of picking. It was, indeed, sweet. Maybe the sweetest pepper I've had, maybe...
But, with everything I read about this thing, I expected it to be the sweetest pepper I've ever had, hands down. Like, miles ahead of any other chile I've tried. As it stands now, I don't think it's sweeter than Habanada or Aji Jobito. That might be an unfair comparison, bc those two are zero-heat and the SRP was decently piquant.
I'm growing Jobito this year so I can definitely do a head-to-head comparison at some point.
As far as your weather conditions go, I've heard that baccatums want a bit more shade than some other species. I do grow many of my annuums and chinense in full sun, but I find that the ones that get some shade during the day tend to do a little better than the guys left out to fry with nothing to shade them, aside from their neighbouring pepper plants. I am currently growing 6 baccatum plants in a very aggressively sunny bed, and despite some purple sun"tan" on the Lemon Drop pods, they are outpacing the chinense they share the bed with in terms of both growth and production.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, on my EXTREMELY limited experience growing baccatums, I haven't found sun to be a problem. The excessive rain we've been getting has made life hard on every chile I'm growing this year. The howling wind has, as well, and it's been particularly hard on the two SRPs I'm growing at home, where things get much windier despite being only three blocks further from the river. But the sun/heat hasn't hurt then any more than it has the annuums and chinense.
Half the reason I decided to grow baccatums this year was bc I bought a single Bishop's Crown plant at CCN last year. After stalling out for maybe a month after transplant, that thing took off like a weed!
It was indestructible. We had both heavy & frequent rains and extreme heat last year, but the Bishop's Crown took it in stride, and took over that bed like it was kudzu. Very vine-like, almost stoloniferous. I'd be picking pods from a different plant on the opposite side of the bed, and find some Bishop's Crown pods growing there, which was very disconcerting until I found that some extremely long-legged branch had grown on the BC plant, snaked its way across the bed to pop some pods up among the Scotch Bonnets.
So far, my baccatums this year are growing more up than out, but I could see the Lemon Drops or more likely the Starfish creeping around and taking over, Bishop's Crown-style, by August.
Dang, that was a long post.
Edited by Bicycle808, 16 June 2019 - 08:40 AM.