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#1643909 Rascals!

Posted by DontPanic on 20 July 2019 - 06:40 PM

This rascal is starting to earn my grudging respect.


I was finally able to sample one of these (just one, that's all they've let me get to).


It's not a heatless Cayenne.  It was packing a regular level of Cayenne heat.


Now, they're starting to eat more and more of this plant's peppers.






This guy can't weigh more than one pound.!


Pound for Pound, he might actually be giving me a run for my money in terms of pepper consumption this year.  :)

#1643865 First Cross!

Posted by DontPanic on 20 July 2019 - 03:46 PM

I've got 6 F2 versions of the Junk Yard Mutt going this year.


They all look pretty similar so far.  The pod shape is similar to a banana pepper, and the pods are all ripening to red.


I'm not seeing any yellow pods, or button-shaped pods.


Here's an example:




I know this cross is boring compared to all the other gnarley crosses going on around THP, but I'm seeing some traits I like in this pepper.


First off, most of the F2's seem to like my Gulf Coast weather.  Not every annuum likes my climate.  I try to stay on the look-out for annuums that are comfortable with my climate.


I like this pod shape better than the button pod shape of the Jamaican Yellow Mushroom.  It's more versatile.


Several are showing nice productivity, although it's not a giant plant.  It seems to top out at +/- 24".  But, for that size, it's productive.


I am seeing (perceiving or perhaps mis-perceiving) some variation in heat and flavor.  I have one or two peppers that seem to have more banana pepper flavor.  Other examples have more Jamaican Yellow Mushroom flavor.  I don't have any heatless, but there seems to be some variation in heat (although that may even out as the year wears on).


I haven't been isolating any of the pods.  I sort-of envision this variety as a landrace.  I may regret that decision, but this pepper provides a great opportunity to learn about the consequences of that choice.

#1643741 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by DontPanic on 19 July 2019 - 04:29 PM


Reading the product description for this flashlight leaves no doubt that English is *NOT* the native language for the author.  :)

#1643474 Flowers without pollen

Posted by DontPanic on 17 July 2019 - 07:16 PM

If the plant looks healthy, I'd just give it more time.


If the seeds only hit the dirt 2 months ago, it's probably still a young plant.

#1643098 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by DontPanic on 15 July 2019 - 05:55 PM

Made a batch of curry the other night, so I made another small harvest to throw into my dinner.  :)




This brings my meager total to:  41g previous YTD + 25g = 66g

#1642654 Doesn't much look like a mushroom red chili...

Posted by DontPanic on 13 July 2019 - 11:42 AM

Nice looking plant.


Looking at the calyx on several of those, my first thought would be: That's a constricted calyx, therefor, probably a chinense.


But my identification skills are still very rudimentary.  Willard3 has much more experience at identifying peppers.

#1642125 CMPMAN1974 - 2019 Grow Log

Posted by DontPanic on 10 July 2019 - 11:55 PM

I had to take two glances at the Mini Olive Rocoto x USDA cardenasii F2.


At first it looked like a giant black aphid-like insect was stalking the flower.


On the second look, I saw it another bud about to bloom.


I wonder if there's a lesson there?  :)

#1642092 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by DontPanic on 10 July 2019 - 08:13 PM

You are right the plant looks very good, just stymied.


You could always dig it up carefully and shake off some soil,

and root prune it a little, then put it in an appropriately-sized

pot. Might help rid the soil of the problem, if that is where it lies.


Or an all out root clean-off, washing off all the soil, trimming

the roots a bit, and replanting/potting in clean soil. 


They can

handle lots of sun!


The timing is an issue.  I've got some travel plans coming up.  I hate to make a lot of stressful changes with this plant, and then have to leave it on it's own for a week.  I've got the neighbor watering my plants.  But it would be frustrating for things to go wrong, and not be around to learn anything from it.

#1642037 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by DontPanic on 10 July 2019 - 05:35 PM


@ Mitch: When two seeds from the same pod(?) have such a difference, 

     I have to wonder if there is a root problem down under?


BTW, Were those white pod seeds, or purple/ violet pod seeds?



These seeds came from the white varient of the PDN x BMJ.


I typically try to save seeds from a few peppers when I'm not isolating, in order to reduce my chances of leaving myself with only crossed seeds.


But I tend to agree that something is going on with the soil.  The plant itself looks relatively healthy, just very stunted.


I'm nearly positive I had problems with my potting soil this year.  But, by this point, after it's been in the ground this long, I would have thought the potting soil wouldn't be a factor any more.


I'm tempted to yank it out of the ground to see if I can figure out what's going on.  But, since I'm not sure exactly what to look for, I'm holding off on the death sentence for now.

#1641822 Rascals!

Posted by DontPanic on 09 July 2019 - 05:54 PM

This rascal (or rascals) keeps coming back.


They've now eaten the tip off of six peppers, all from this specific plant.


There's a heatless Criolla de Cocina right next to it (a Bell pepper-type variety).  They're leaving those alone (thankfully).


To the best of my knowledge, I've got about four or five other examples of this particular Cayenne pepper variety in my plant-out.  They're not touching any of those.


Now, I'm curious as hell to try one of these peppers to see if it tastes any different from the other examples of this pepper.  But these varmits won't let any them get ripe without nibbbling on them.  :)


Since they're eating just the tips, they're leaving me plenty of seeds, so I'm going to segregate the seeds from this specific plant under the name "Squirrel's Delight Cayenne Pepper".


One of these days, they'll hopefully leave me one to try.  I'm curious to see how discerning these squirrels are, and if these peppers have a better flavor.  :)

#1641819 2019 Bringin' it back GLOG YAMracer754

Posted by DontPanic on 09 July 2019 - 05:24 PM

Your cedar mulch has captured my curiosity.


I just cut down a small cedar tree (about 10-12 feet tall).  They pop up wild in my yard, and I sometimes just let them grow, with the idea I'll cut them down when they get too big.


I might see if I can "roll-my-own" cedar mulch.  :)

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#1641811 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by DontPanic on 09 July 2019 - 04:10 PM

My 2019 PDN x BMJ peppers are playing out like "The Tale of Two Pepper Plants".


It was the best of times... It was the worst of times...


One of my PDN x BMJ plants that I grew from last years saved seeds (non-isolated) is doing really well.


Although it doesn't have any peppers yet, it inherited a crowded slot in my pepper plot.  So it's been putting all it's energy into growing taller than the other pepper plants around it.  It's growing nice and straight, and hasn't even needed any support from the nearby stakes.  To my relief, it's been handling the heat really well so far.


In this picture, it's just to the right of the ruler (I did mention it's slot became crowded. :) )




Another PDN x BMJ (also from saved seeds from last year) isn't doing hardly anything.  It's only about 8 inches high (that's being gracious).




They're only a few feet apart from each other.


I'm really suspicious the problem is with the gardener, and not with the plant.  But I'm at a loss for explaining why one is struggling so much.


But I'm really happy with the taller PDN x BMJ.  It looks really healthy.  I'm not worried that it doesn't have any pods yet.  I had a few issues that delayed my start this year.  And since it's a chinense, and since it really needed to put it's energy into growing, I'm not surprised it's waiting to put out peppers.  There's still plenty of time for a fine harvest by fall.

#1641806 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by DontPanic on 09 July 2019 - 03:35 PM



DEFINITELY Aribibi Gusano in that one! I'm PRAYING for white on this one! If so...I WANT WANT WANT seeds!  


I'll keep everyone updated.


Although, I've heard red is usually a dominant trait in peppers.  If you cross a stabilized red pepper with a stabilized white pepper, the F1 generation will probably be red (this includes a simplified assumption that the color is controlled by a single trait).


But, in the F2 generation, 1 out of 4 on average might be white (again, assuming it's controlled by a single trait).


Anyways, it's definitely an interesting pepper.  :)

#1641600 sudden problem in Aerogarden grow

Posted by DontPanic on 08 July 2019 - 05:57 PM

Since you didn't mention it, is your bubbler working well?


Your model looks different than mine, and I know Aerogardens have different styles of bubblers.  So you may be having a different problem than me.  My Aerogarden has a diffusing stone that plugged up.  I just removed the diffusing stone, and let the air bubble directly into the water.  For now, it seems to be working OK.

#1641585 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by DontPanic on 08 July 2019 - 04:19 PM

I have a couple more small weigh-ins.


I wanted to check out the flavor of the ripe Chilli Reds, so I pull two off for lunch on Saturday.




The heat level was higher when fully ripe (duh!).


I'm not sure I have a favorite (green vs. ripe).  It's nice to have a pepper versatile enough to use either almost ripe or fully ripe.


I had a second weigh-in today.  Critters have been getting at some of my other peppers, so I didn't want to leave them out.




This brings my total to:  7g + 11g + 23g = 41g.



On the topic of off-pheno Growdown Throwdown Chilli Red's, this one has an interesting shape:




I looks a little bit like it crossed with one of PepperGuru's Caterpillar peppers.


I'm curious to see how that pepper turns out.