You are right about others growing it. However, when I look through the pepper forums, I see every month someone asking where to buy reaper seeds. Still, after 3-4 years since the original distribution, people always tell the person to go to the source if you want reliable genetics. They are still selling piles of seeds, and selling commercial sized orders of small plants to nurseries and garden stores.
Maybe I dont have perspective on how large the market is. But even if that market is huge, think about the cost of developing such a thing. I think Mr. Currie said Pepper X took 10 years. Seems like playing the lottery. Still can not imagine it is worth it. I am very content getting a fair return on a fair amount of labor.
AJ your article on the Reaper is one of my go to's on the pepper hype phenomenon.
Funny because I have not updated it with the claim in one of the latest video. I am sure the video said it was part hab, but I forget the other parent. Maybe ghost pepper. Thing is, I never intended to rip on the pepper or its creator. I just wanted to know what the thing was. That took me down a very strange rabbit hole.
I think I am starting to see how things work & starting to think some of these folk are genius level marketers. Pepper X is the best example so far. Instead of having just that first year with a new pepper before other folk start growing and selling the seeds, you get who knows how much time selling products containing Pepper X.
See here it is, here it is, look at it, think on it... You can't have it na na bo bo.
One of our members works for South West Biolabs. Nice guy but i forget his name. As I understand the process, yes that would come up with the desired results and yes you would get paperwork on your sample. Even if the pepper were fresh, you could inject it with something.
Back when the Carolina Reaper was building fame, this was an accusation. Now that the seed stock is out and people can grow it themselves, folk know the thing is real. But before that pier review of sorts, who knows?
Here is the thing. Yes, you could probably make good money in the short run. But I get the feeling your reputation would be tarnished by stunts like this that in the long run you wouldnt profit nearly as much as just being honest. Lots of people, myself included, are kind of tickled by the whole Hottest Pepper in the World thing but are very happy growing new strains even if they aren't the hottest.
Think on Pepper X. Lets say it doesn't pan out. I still think it looks cool. Really digging on some green and mustard varieties lately. So ye, I would grow it without the hype and respect the heck out of the person who created it even if it doesnt turn out to be the next hottest. Honesty pays off.
On the article: Oh come on. Pepper X has knocked Dragon's Breath off the throne? When was Dragon's Breath on the throne? What award or recoAgnition does Pepper X or Dragon's Breath have? This is really getting silly. First folk decide Guinness is the ultimate judge, damn university studies. Now the media is deciding? Last time I checked, the Carolina Reaper sat on the Guinness throne. Now maybe one of these new peppers really is hotter but the claims in the media are getting silly.
Everyone knows A.J.'s Magic Unicorn Toe Pepper is the hottest in the world.
What are you changing or adding for next season's grow? I am going to add that roll out paper mulch and break in some new space to expand. You? Any tech stuff being added? Drip irrigation? Other changes?
Off season, I am buying a plugin for the online store that works with stamps.com The main benefit for me is that it transfers names and addresses so I dont have to cut an paste. But saving a wee bit on each transaction is a plus. If it works out, scale and pick up point will be next. A lot of this is over my head, but I am learning as I go and folk here are very helpful, thank you.
I have three plants but I doubt there is even a SFRB of red cause I have been eating them as they turn red. If you can't find them somewhere else, let me know and I will stop munching them long enough to get some for you. We can trade for some sauce or something. If you need bunches for next year, I can make sure I have some set aside for you.
More than a couple people have said this has been a not so great season. We've done OK but not for the blessings of the weather. I think it has just been too cool when it should be warm, too dry when it should be wet, too wet when it should be dry and like that. Like the weather is just ignoring its normal patterns.
I have used that black plastic with holes in it stuff around fence lines and the likes. Then mulch on top to make it look good. Same strategy as black plastic under a rock garden or other ornamental things. Not a production approach to weeds. Just to make things look nice and the plastic is always hidden. I can not imagine using it on the main field because frankly, I think it is ugly. Then there is the thought of having to remove it at some point to amend the soil.
So have been reading about something called Paper Mulch. Unlike how it sounds it is rolls of compressed paper. Main benefit over the black plastic is that it breaks down and becomes part of your soil. I figure I could still throw yard waste mulch on top of it if it breaks down too early in the season, but once the plants are high enough that isnt much of a problem.
Wondering if anyone else has ever used this sort of product and what you think of it.
Also looking for any advice on weeds in general. Not willing to go the Preen route, but gotta go some route. Was also thinking truck loads of wood mulch.
I get the feeling you already know this and I am just reminding you. We all have good years and not so good years. Ya remember to learn what leads to what for future years and you are better for either. Remember, gardening comes from a need to survive. For most folk, todays bad season just means a bit less taste on the table. In the past, well you'd be out there with your dear rifle and a prayer. We got it made and next year you will do frigging GREAT!!!