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#1583025 Back throat burning peppers

Posted by Bicycle808 on Today, 12:05 PM

Red Brains light up my entire head.

#1582585 What kind of worms are these?

Posted by Bicycle808 on 18 September 2018 - 07:57 AM

Everybody's got their favorites. If i were a maggot, I'd stick to Bonnets and Fataliis

#1582533 Ripe peppers rotting on inside?

Posted by Bicycle808 on 17 September 2018 - 09:15 PM

I see it now often of it's been rainy, or on that first wave of pods that sat on the plant for an extra long time before ripening.

Super disappointing when it happens

#1581663 Favorite bonnet?

Posted by Bicycle808 on 13 September 2018 - 08:13 AM

HMU if you need some seeds. I'm still getting really good germ rates our of seeds collected from 2016's harvest.

I had trouble germinating the TFM. I went through the whole pack, and I did eventually get one going. That was satisfying. I'm seeing lots of praise for that variety. Hoping I can carry it to fruit and at least get more seed attempts. Maybe keep the plant around for a while longer.

#1581661 Favorite bonnet?

Posted by Bicycle808 on 13 September 2018 - 08:11 AM

I don't agree that the MOA tastes like a green Bell, but i do detect some annuum notes in the flavor profile. Moreso than i do with most of the other i have tried. I still have seeds so I'll likely grow them again, but I'm not itching to buy more seeds once i grow thru the ones i have now.

#1581657 Scotch Bonnet list!

Posted by Bicycle808 on 13 September 2018 - 08:07 AM

Tbf, it's just as likely that I'm the lame dick here, and just misinterpreted our limited interaction. It's happened before...

If he's around next time i go up there, I'll ask him. I just feel bad about asking ppl about their business when they're busy working at their business. Sounds weird, but a significant proportion of Jersey businessmen are really secretive and paranoid about their business. Most of them are happy to talk about what they do and take the opportunity to talk themselves up, but maybe one in five gets all defensive...

Might be a NJ thing.

But i got to be fair and let the Sandy Acres guy have a chance to dish about Bonnets. I owe him at least that much, and i ought not let my own paranoia get in the way of it.

#1581619 Scotch Bonnet list!

Posted by Bicycle808 on 12 September 2018 - 10:00 PM

I'm hoping to get the courage to ask dudemang from Sandy Acres Farm about his Bonnets. Most often, when I'm at the TFM, there's just kids (like college agreed or maybe even high school) Manning the Sandy Acres tables, but i spoke to the main guy (i think his name is Henry) one time about plants. They were selling some small plants but they were other varieties and i asked if he was offering any Bonnet plants and he was like "you know, that's a 120day plant" and i was like "yeah, i know... I grow Bonnets..." He threw me a look like "yeah right," but i just dropped it bc i was intimidated as shit. I felt like an aspiring guitarist who just got blown off by CC DeVille.... A rabid fan being summarily dismissed by a legendary idol....

But i do know that the dirtmall/ produce hub known as The Trenton Farmer's Market is actually in Lawrenceville, NJ... less than 1 mile from the Trenton border. The Sandy Acres Farm had been selling Bonnets there for years; the farm is in nearby East Windsor, NJ.

I'd like to ask the guy a few questions, such as roughly how long he's been selling/growing Bonnets, where he'd originally gotten his seeds from, whether or not he knows that SB TFM seeds are being sold and traded all over the world, etc. Before i even try to do anything so Braden, though, i was wondering if any of the other THP Bonnet enthusiasts have any other ideas on what to ask him. Basically, we have this tendency to want to divide all these yellow bonnets into separate lineages, but i know he got those seeds somewhere, and he had to order more last year, so i am hoping to find more commonalities between these stains and maybe work towards lumping some very similar stains back together...

#1581518 Favorite bonnet?

Posted by Bicycle808 on 12 September 2018 - 12:25 PM

I am a huge TFM fan. Definitely number one, incredible flavor. Hearty plants don't grow to talk but bushy with a ton of pods, many of which get pretty big themselves. If i had to choose one, that'd be the one.

Thankfully, i don't have to choose just one. I love the Foodarama because they're meatier and if you're gonna smoke them, they take longer to dry out but they hold the smoke flavor better. I might even try pickling them this year because they MIGHT have enough flesh for it to be worthwhile. (Maybe not, though.)

I grew MOAs again this year and i like them but they sure do tend to throw off-pheno pods. I planted two from yellow seeds that are throwing red pods which are really nicely shaped and uniformly shaped. The rest are pushing out yellow pods but they're kinda saggy-shaped. If grow them again, but I'm not doing to.

Last year, i grew Dreadies and had a terrible time germinating them. The one plant that did geminate for me here nicely and produced a decent crop of beautiful and tasty pods. I tried again this year and ran into the same problem with germination, which is weird b/c over only had those problems with Dreadies and Scotch Brains. I'm giving them another shot in 2019; they're with another chance because they're danged good but i prefer plants that are easier to work with.

I like a lot of other Bonnet-y peppers, but to me, real Bonnets are yellow. I grow Safis and like them but they don't fulfill my Bonnet craving. Same can be said for other reds, SB7J, Freeport Orange SBs, etc.

But, if i was counting other colors, I'd put those Freeport Oranges high on the list. Great plants, great peppers... Just tops. But i wouldn't put them in the same category, really, as my Yellas.

#1581377 Scotch Bonnet list!

Posted by Bicycle808 on 11 September 2018 - 03:32 PM

Fwiw, my research indicates that Beth Boyd SB and Foodarama are one and the same; Beth collected seeds from some particularly rad Bonnets she found at a Foodarama market. I came say that for sure, but i read it in a few old threads. Either way, they both have the same compact, blocky shape and a very solid, substantial feel from the thicker walls. The ones i have been growing, from seeds i got from Trident Chilli, have a slightly more "matte" finish, as compared to the high-gloss yellow of my TFM bonnets. I feel like the Foodarama aren't quite so delicious as my other favorite Bonnets, but the physical characteristics of both pods and plants still make them one of my top picks...a true must-grow, in my opinion

#1580365 Scotch Bonnet list!

Posted by Bicycle808 on 06 September 2018 - 07:16 PM

You don't want to add the Al Boatman True Form jawns?

#1580016 What is this?!

Posted by Bicycle808 on 04 September 2018 - 04:58 PM

Now you gotta whoop they azz

#1579854 Scotch Bonnet list!

Posted by Bicycle808 on 03 September 2018 - 09:45 PM

I'm not going to even try to discuss what does and does not technically quality as a Scotch Bonnet. . . Like porn and fine art, you know it when you see it--and more importantly, when you taste it.

I love the smell of a good Bonnet. Smells like being alive.

I just want to remind fools that you might see Bonnets listed as SB Foodarama and you might see Bonnets listed as SB Beth Boyd.... That are the same line; Beth Boyd found some good yella Bonnets at a Foodarama market and saved seeds. These are also some of my favorites; they have really thick, strong walls. They're probably be good to play ping pong with.

Also, consider adding the All Boatman True Form SB to your list. I got seeds for next year; stoked to try them out...

Lastly, I think it's goofy to try to think of the different lines of yella SBs as being truly distinct from eachother. The guy from Sandy Acres Farm-- the dude who has grown and sole Bonnets at the Trenton Farmers Market for years-- he got his seeds somewhere to begin with, right? And he actually had to buy new seed and start all over in 2017.... It'd be rad if he ordered TFM seeds from a vendor, but I somehow doubt that he did.

One day, I'll work up the nerve to ask him...

#1579797 7 Pots & Scotch Bonnets (2018- )

Posted by Bicycle808 on 03 September 2018 - 06:58 PM

I love the stage your grow is at right now. It's impossible to look at a bunch of healthy lil seedlings in cups without becoming overwhelmed with hope and optimism.

#1579795 Strange beetles chewing my chillies

Posted by Bicycle808 on 03 September 2018 - 06:55 PM

Yup. Those are stankers. We hate them.

#1579579 It seems as though I've grown some Trinidad Scorpions. Now What??

Posted by Bicycle808 on 02 September 2018 - 09:32 PM

I feel like chocolates work on different folks differently. Some of us think they're extra hot but taste nasty. Other ppl think they're less hot but taste nice, earthy, and smoky...

It's weird but generally speaking, reds have the advantage in the SHU tests. But I swear chocolates light me up harder and taste like battery acid.