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#1576180 Pepperlover NAR: what is this?

Posted by DontPanic on Yesterday, 12:41 PM

Shred the nar, dude!

#1575534 1st attempt at Overwintering and early starts in Pretoria, South Africa

Posted by DontPanic on 15 August 2018 - 12:38 AM

If Spring is only 3 weeks away, you should be in good shape if you bring them in at 11 deg C or lower.


From the pictures, it looks like several of the plants are in large non-porous trash bags.  Or are those breathable grow bags (maybe I can't tell from the picture)?


As long as there's holes in the bottom, it shouldn't be a problem, but I was just curious.

#1574896 What are you adding to next years grow?

Posted by DontPanic on 11 August 2018 - 07:22 PM

It's good to see I'm not the only one already planing for 2019.

I don't know how many of these I'll actually get to, but here's my aspirations for 2019:
Zapotec Jalapeño
Bahamian Goat
Harold's St. Barts
Criolla de Cocina

And I'd like to try a few of the Lindberg peppers, such as:
Aji Jobito
Aji Margariteno
Aji Rosita

Since this is only August, there's no telling how long this list will be by December. :)

#1574391 First Painful Mistake.....

Posted by DontPanic on 09 August 2018 - 02:32 PM

It's weird. When I've been cutting peppers without gloves, the burning in my fingers only starts after I've washed with soap.

However, if I don't wash my hands with soap, there's other parts of my anatomy that will begin burning immediately when touched with unwashed hands. :)

#1573290 Mystery Pepper - Multiple Blooms per Node

Posted by DontPanic on 04 August 2018 - 04:16 PM

Multiple fruit per node, plus those giant leafs, indicates C. chinense species.





It's healthy and starting to put out a lot of blooms, so in a few weeks, I should have some actual peppers to look at. :)

#1573277 Mystery Pepper - Multiple Blooms per Node

Posted by DontPanic on 04 August 2018 - 03:29 PM

I'm growing out some mystery pepper seedlings I received.


They were thought to be some kind of Jalapeño, but the original grower had lost track of exactly where these seed came from.


I'm a sucker for mystery peppers, so I couldn't resist asking for some of these.


I got a late start on these seedling so they're just now putting out blooms.


Does it mean anything when you get two to three blooms per node?


I've run across a few posts on THP that suggest this can be important in generally identifying the pepper, but I can't recall the details.


Here's a picture.  Every node I could see had several blooms.



#1572372 Favorite NEW TO YOU variety you grew this year

Posted by DontPanic on 31 July 2018 - 05:09 PM

I'll need at least another month, maybe two, to weigh in on this thread.

Several plants got a late start for a variety of reasons. I don't have any ripe pods yet from several of my new varieties.

#1572180 Preservation thread

Posted by DontPanic on 30 July 2018 - 05:26 PM

Thank you you've been a great resource! Do you just cut em in half and freeze em, or do you do the whole single layer cookie sheet thing? And a dive on freezing tomaters?
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I'm going to bravely defer to other more seasoned THP members on the finer points of making powders.  :)


Last year, I only got as far as drying some peppers in my toaster oven, and grinding them up with a coffee grinder.  I was satisfied with the results, but also realized I have much to learn about the art of making powders.

#1571640 Earliest ripening peppers

Posted by DontPanic on 28 July 2018 - 02:26 PM


Thank you for chiming in about the annuums, I just saw that when people talked about their last peppers standing by winter it was usually baccatum/pubescens, so my guess was that would translate into withstanding early cool Pennsylvania spring temperatures better. At least in warmer climates Chocolate Habanero and Cayennes would seem to volunteer themselves well enough, how early ripening are those plants for you?



I think a Cayenne would be a good candidate, especially if you find some grown locally at a farmer's market.  A local farmer's market may have a few varieties that match your interest.


I brought up the Chocolate Habanero as an anecdote, but most Habs tend to like tropical climates.  My guess is that it wouldn't have nearly as many volunteers in Pennsylvania.


You might have to try a few different varieties of peppers to find something that excels at producing volunteers in Pennsylvania, so you may want to also try some of the other peppers suggested in this thread.

#1571610 Earliest ripening peppers

Posted by DontPanic on 28 July 2018 - 01:09 PM

I wouldn't eliminate the annums from consideration. Many of them are relatively quick from seedling to fruit.

It sounds like you're searching for a pepper that is fairly prolific at throwing off "volunteers" (new pepper plants that sprout up from fallen peppers off a parent plant) in the PA climate (PA ?= Pennsylvania). Most people don't concentrate on that trait, so you may have to do some of your own experimentation there.

In my climate (not really comparable to yours), I've had Cayennes spring up as volunteers from the previous year. And I have a friend who has so many Chocolate Habanero volunteers (a chinense) springing up every year, they loosen the bricks on his garden walkway.

#1571576 Preservation thread

Posted by DontPanic on 28 July 2018 - 10:33 AM

Somewhere else on THP, I saw somebody suggest that you might freeze your peppers first before drying them.

I haven't tried this myself yet, but the thinking was that freezing breaks the cell walls, allowing them to dry quicker.

Vacuum sealing them might be overkill if this was your intention. All you would need is a Ziplock bag since they don't need to be in the freezer that long.

#1571009 bpiela glog 2018 - Giving it another go...

Posted by DontPanic on 25 July 2018 - 10:09 PM


That's a furious infestation of pepper maggots. :(

I'm tempted to burn my computer just so I don't get any of that coming out of the screen.

#1570735 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by DontPanic on 24 July 2018 - 04:56 PM

That is a great story, Mitch! Sawyer is a bro, all right 👍
Excellent job sheparding them to good health 👏
Those should do well in the 3 and 5 gallon containers.

Stay tuned to the thread and PM me your addy at some
point and I will send you some of the F7 seeds in the Fall
after they are processed.


Thanks for everything you've been doing to share this new pepper variety with the THP community.  :)


And thanks for the offer on the seeds.  I'm not sure it's know if the seedlings I have are the purple variety or the white variety, but it would be great to check both of them out.

#1570589 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by DontPanic on 23 July 2018 - 05:56 PM

With some help from Sawyer, I'm hoping I can join the fun growing out the PDN x BMJ cross.

Sawyer had a few extra PDN x BMJ seedlings all the way back in April, and graciously offered them out to the THP community.

But since then, these seedlings seem to have been jinxed.  First, an unexpected thunderstorm banged them up.  Then they had some mystery problems that left them not healthy enough to ship.  Before we knew it, we'd slipped into early July, a potentially tricky time to ship seedlings in a sealed box.

We decided to roll the dice, cross our fingers, and ship them in a SFRB.  To reduce in-transit transpiration, Sawyer trimmed them up.


Lately, the Post Office has really improved at getting packages delivered in only a few days.  But the Post Office decided to inexplicably struggle with delivering the seedlings.  So instead of taking from Monday to Wednesday sealed in an SFRB, the Post Office didn't put it on my porch until Friday.  That's nearly 5 full days sealed in a box in the July heat.

Luckily, the seedlings survived the extra long July shipment pretty well.

They're still slightly stressed out, and are struggling somewhat to adjust to my Gulf Coast weather.

With all these setbacks, they're not nearly as far along as they would normally be.  Normally, I'll have until late November before I start to run into frosts, so we'll see how far they'll get before the season runs out.  If necessary, my climate makes over-wintering relatively easy.


At any rate, it'll be fun to see if I can get some PDN x BMJ peppers out of these plants before my season runs out.


And many thanks to Sawyer for all his effort in getting me these seedlings.


I've got one in a 3 gallon conatiner.



And one's in a 5 gallon grow bag.


#1570225 TheGreenChileMonster 2018

Posted by DontPanic on 22 July 2018 - 09:58 AM


And thanks for the contest! :)