My West Indian Burr Gherkins are starting to take off. These are from the Baker Creek seeds. I will get a pic of the volunteer later. These are a must try if you like pickles or cukes and onions. They work well for either. Very good producers and easy to grow also.
Im still searching also but with limited room for "experiments" i went with Brazilian Starfish this year and a mildish chinense called Aji Arnaucho. I know i like at least 2 baccatums so the starfish was my safe bet. I thought the Arnaucho just kinda looked cool and wanted to try another mildish chinense.
So if you like baccatums such as Lemon Drops or Aji Cito, i would checkout the Brazilian Starfish and Bishops Crown.
My P. Dreadie bonnets have 1 pod and ive got 5 plants.
This Aji Arnaucho is loading up too. Crazy thing loves the heat and drops hardly any flowers.
Jamaican Gold aka mushroom or squash pepper although the shape is wrong. CCN might have screwed me again. It sure appears to be an annuum btw and not a member of the hab family.
My mystery pepper that appears to be a Naga Morich cranks them out too.
None of the mild chinense seasoning types or Anaheims have produced a pod unless ive just missed them. The Aji Panca did have a very short bout with aphids i knocked out very fast and none have returned. The ants have even left it alone now. I put the Aji Dulce in some shade but the problem does not appear to be flower loss. It just doesn't seem to be ready. Same with the Trinidad Perfume. Both look fine just no pods yet.
Of the 4 or so products i found available in the US that contain beauveria bassiana, the least expensive was around $86 per quart. Others were around $100 per quart. I found it difficult to even find the other one from a vendor in the USA but it appears to be even more expensive.
Only thing im doing that is sorta exotic is burr gherkins. Ive grown them the last 2 years but this year i got a cool surprise. I have a feeling the seeds i was getting from BakerCreek were a hybrid. This year i also had a volunteer that somehow got into a pot. I planted it in its own raised bed to see how it turns out. Last year i had a slight variety of shapes. Some were WAY more spiked and some were very smooth like the pics on Bakers website.
Baker no longer offers them and my seed stock it running low. I would love to see this plant yield more of the "true to form" spikey gherkins. Then i will be all set on seeds. These things seem to love the heat and sun. Plus you pretty much can not over water them.
Lemon Drops make a really interesting powder. Add whatever yellow super hot to it for some added kick. This year i will probably do a Naga, Bhut and bonnet blend of some type. I also did a ripe jalapeno and Caribbean Red blend last year that turned out great but i made it on the mild side. I will probably try something similar again using Fresno this year.
You would be amazed how happy a restaurant owner can be if you bring him fresh peppers he cant normally find. One year i had a stellar weekend fishing for white bass and our limits are generous. I took what i could not use right way and gave it to one of my favorite Chinese restaurants. He made me a meal i could not have imagined. From then on i got to sample a huge variety of authentic dishes.
I cant wait to see the expression from the owner of my favorite Indian place when i bring him some peppers. This place dont skimp on the spice because many people from India live nearby.
Mine do much better in LOTS of shade. Virtually no direct sun light at all. Plants do fine in the sun, they just wont hold a flower long enough to produce a pod. Im going to almost totally enclose my largest one today or tomorrow with lattice and my hillbilly shade cloth. My smallest one gets hardly any full sun and it seems to like it just fine.