I grew ghost peppers for the first time last year, and maybe the last time. My dogs would bark in the garden, the door to the shed would sometimes be open, and garden tools would seemingly disappear only to reappear in places different from where I remembered setting them.
I've been using Japanese water stones plus a diamond plate for flattening them, and a leather strop with honing compound. But I recently started to use a 1" belt sander. Got to take care not to overheat the edge, but it works great. Have belts from 320 to 1000 grit and even a leather belt. Kind of overkill but much quicker than the water stones for me. There are several videos on the process on Youtube. I use this Rikon but Harbor Freight sells one that's about half the price at $55.
My first year really successfully growing super hots, just did a Fatali and Bhut. Hydroponic (outdoors) really worked well for our 100+ degree summer days. Tried drying the peppers in an unheated room (low humidity area) but it was taking forever, so I have them in the dehydrator now @ 105 F. Bedroom smells SO good! Here are a couple pics from last night before tossing them in the dehydrator (a few Aji habs in there too). Next year will be drying many more varieties!
I'd like some input for the ratio of ghost peppers to, say, a quart of jam. How many peppers per quart do you use? I have a ton of peppers and will experiment with my fruit jams but I have never done this before and have no clue. I'm looking for something edible for stuff like cream cheese and bagels, but with a serious kick that would please the serious chili pepper fan.
There are no stupid questions, so don't go making fun of me!
Annums grow best here but I enjoy the challenge of growing others. I've looked into shade cloth as the temps get over 100 degrees F in July and August here. The annums tolerate the heat okay if they are crowded together a bit (mutual shading). All of my chinense are in containers so I can move them under the sycamore for shade or bring them inside if it's too hot or if it snows, etc.
Appreciate the info. I built 10 self-watering containers using 19 gallon muck buckets and have planted four C. annum plants in each in the past, and just used granular fertilizer in the stocking per the Earthbox folks (I think). They did just okay but it was more an experiment and I was happy enough with it at the time...but not any more!
Based on your experience, I'm going to try to plant just one superhot in each this year. I got the Masterblend and calcium nitrate from the the aforementioned Morgan County Seeds, 10 lbs of each plus shipping was about $59. Called in my order, super nice people.
Also, I've found these containers fall apart from UV within a few years. So I try to cover them as shown.
I've enjoyed browsing this forum for several weeks and finally signed up. I grew about 30 C.annums for pickling (lactofermentation) several years ago and they did ok. The ones grown close together did best, seeming to prefer the shade they provided one another.
I now have my own place and am growing about 75 peppers, including about 20 C. chinense*. Kind of worried about growing them in my climate, but willl experiment placing them where they'll get some shade in the afternoon, and I have several self-watering containers that I can move around. May also plant companion plants to help shade them (okra!).