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Stump Peppers

12 March 2019 - 03:32 PM

I have a stump where I was discarding all my over-ripe and damaged peppers last year.  I was curious to see what kind of volunteers would grow here.


I covered that area over with some mulch, and turned it over a few times.  Aside from one night of freeze protection, I didn't do much else.


No laborious saving of seeds.


No fancy soil mixtures.


No heat mat and humidity dome.


No grow lamp.


And *NO* idea which of the 15-20 varieties of peppers I discarded last year are coming back here.


Of course there's a few weeds mixed in.  But there's a crate-load of peppers also.  :)




They're often coming up in dense clumps.




These poor fellas have some serious helmet head issues.




I'm guessing this one is a PDN x BMJ.  It's one of the few distinctive varieties at this early age.




This is about a 4 foot by 2 foot strip of ground.  Is this too dense to grow a few dozen peppers?  :)

NOT! St. Lucia Yellow Seasoning Pepper

09 October 2018 - 04:52 PM

I bought some St. Lucia Yellow Seasoning Pepper seeds from a vendor on Etsy.


The seeds germinated OK, but the peppers are not yellow (they mature to red), and it's fairly hot (not a seasoning pepper).


The peppers are definitely a Chinense.  They have that distinctive Chinense flavor, and a heat level that I would estimate on the low end of the Habanero range.  Much hotter than my annuums, but not nearly my hottest Hab.


While I was disappointed at first, this plant has gone on to impress me in a few ways.


The plant has some distinctive purple coloration on the stalk and on the peppers as they mature.  It's not a strongly purple as some pepper plants I've seen, but it has a portion of that trait.




The plant is one of my most prolific, maturing to a red pepper about the size of a quarter.




For me this is a plant with a lot of peppers!




I consider this pepper plant a keeper, but I'd like to know it's name, or at least the name of some peppers that are similar to this plant.


Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can think of.


Mystery Pepper - Multiple Blooms per Node

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.



Stressed Out Jalapeņo

12 July 2018 - 05:12 PM

My neighbor has given up on her garden for the summer. That's not unusual here, she's looking at the Fall garden rather than maintaining her Spring garden.


She asked if I wanted to adopt her Jalapeño.




Why not?


It'll be interesting to see if it bounces back from this.

First Cross!

04 July 2018 - 05:13 PM

I haven't been growing peppers many years, so I'm excited to have my first crossed pepper (albeit accidentally crossed).


The mother is Jamaican Yellow Mushroom and I think the father is a Banana Pepper, but I'm not 100% sure.  Pollination was self-supervised, and on the honor system.


The mother plant has peppers that looks like this:




However, the peppers that are growing out look like this:





I like the peppers I'm getting at the F1 stage.  But, from what I understand, I'll never see these exact peppers grow out again.


It has the heat of the Jamaican Yellow Mushroom, but seems to have picked up alittle of that Banana pepper flavor also.  I don't have any ripe ones yet, so I'm not sure what the mature color, flavor, and heat level will be like.


I'm told heat is a dominant gene, so some of the subsequent generations may be at the heatless Banana pepper level even though the F1 carries the heat of the mother pepper.


For now, my working name for the pepper is "Junk Yard Mutt" (Jamaican Yellow Mushroom ==> JYM ==> Junk Yard Mutt).


Long term, maybe Jamanana (especially if I isolate a heatless version).  That'll be a ways down the road though.


I haven't been working at developing any skills at isolating my seeds (obviously), so this will give me the chance to try some isolation techniques.