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The 11th Annual Hot Pepper Awards ACCEPTING ENTRIES!


Member Since 19 May 2017
Offline Last Active Nov 22 2017 04:44 PM

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In Topic: Three more 2018 All-American Selections

21 November 2017 - 09:39 AM

Cool stuff! Thanks for sharing!


I wonder how stable these varieties will be? Will they try to grow out a stable pheno? Surely they would have to...


They're all F1 hybrids, so every seed you buy from the company is the first product of a cross, and all of the seed is identical. If you save seed though, they all start segregating and be different again. This sort of forces you to buy new seed every year, but its worth it for most gardeners.


Breeding F1s (by finding the best combinations of mother and father) is the only way seed companies can make money in peppers anymore, because growers have to buy new seed each year.  I'm fine with it, the hybrid vigor is worth a few bucks for a bag of seed, the breeders have so many resources to screen thousands of combinations at multiple sites every year that you know all of the releases are going to be fantastic plants. Its kind of a different mindset from breeding in your back yard for heat, because these companies (Seminis, Johnny's, only a few others actively breed vegetables) need their seed to grow well all over the country. That means that screening for disease resistances, heat and cold tolerance, and different photoperiods are all just as important as flavor.

In Topic: Three more 2018 All-American Selections

20 November 2017 - 09:17 PM

I'd like to try the Red Ember but that 'high yield" hab that has 10-11 peppers at once doesn't do much for me lol!
Edit: I looked at the second page there and the early season Aji Rico looks promising as well!  

100 per season is nothing to shake a stick at though!

In Topic: Id this Pepper?

12 November 2017 - 02:35 PM

my Bihs are much thinner

In Topic: Hello from NC!

07 November 2017 - 11:26 AM


I'm in Orange County, small town called Efland.  Where are you located?


I'm from Winston-Salem and I know Efland alright. My folks used to work in Hillsborough and my aunt lives in Mebane.

In Topic: Hello from NC!

06 November 2017 - 03:40 PM

Hello and welcome! I'm from NC too, whereabouts are you located?