I forgot to mention the red "DouglahT" pods disappointed me somewhat. The fresh pods have an incredible aroma and flavor. Cherry with a touch of rose. Really strong, too. Amazing. That flavor wasn't preserved in the powder I made from them, so I made a sauce a couple days ago. No dice. The strong cherry flavor is undetectable in the sauce, too. Bummer. I saved seeds, but I doubt I'll grow them next year.
There's something to learn every season it seems. Hopefully next season, knowing what to expect now, your grow will be the right fit for you. You don't seem to have any trouble getting strong production from each plant!
I'm curious, how did the transplant reaper turn out for your brother?
I started so many figuring I'd screw up and kill half of them. I screwed up, of course, but the plants turned out to be more resilient than I'd imagined.
So many pods. I've become fairly proficient at seeding and slicing them. Lots in the freezer, too.
The Reaper transplant never came off. It stayed in the ground behind my house and was eventually almost totally denuded by a deer or hornworm or something. It grew new leaves but the plant was never the same after that. I gave my brother a few plants off the deck instead, which actually worked out better for everyone; he didn't have to dig a hole and we got to walk around on the deck again.
I can definitely understand how someone can get burned out growing. Your grow has been successful and you have accomplished things I've never tried. As much as I like seeing tube massive grow operations on this site, most of us could never use all of those peppers. Good luck finishing off strong and next season as well.
Thanks Mr. Joe! No way I'll get through all this sauce and powder before next year's plants start producing.
I'm awfully sorry I haven't been attending everybody's glogs; I am burnt out on chili pepper growing. I've lost most of the light on the deck, seems most of my plants have given me their last flushes, will start breaking things down soon.
I managed to drown my giant Lemon Drop recently - realized my mistake a few days before Peter posted his large Kratky refill video. Felt pretty stupid, but I have somany Lemon Drops. I hope they make good powder.
The only plant I'm really interested in anymore is this clone of my vole-killed DouglahT. He's done really well since I got him in the bucket and outside. Barring any disasters, I'm sure I'll get at least a few good pods.
I grew too many plants this year. I've been mildly disgusted with myself for getting to a point where I'm just sick of tending pepper plants, but that's been fading lately. While I'm disappointed I wasn't able to maintain my enthusiasm through the entire season, I'm proud of all I've learned and what I've accomplished. I've grown several varieties from seed to mature plants and ripe pods by a few different methods indoors and out, and have enjoyed my own homemade powders and sauces. There is no doubt in my mind that I would not have been nearly so successful if not for the knowledge, guidance, support, and camaraderie I have found in you, the fine folk of THP. A thousand gratitudes to all of you.
I will start later and limit my grow to four or five plants next year. Right now I'm thinking a yellow bonnet for sauce, a superhot for powder (really enjoying my Reaper powder), maybe the Freeport Orange again (everybody loves that powder, too - I've given away a lot of it), and Sugar Rush Peach for sweet and snacky.
I'll be looking for truly giant Kraty containers over the winter.
Orange bonnet. The heat wave a couple weeks ago was really hard on him.
Orange bonnet pods. Doesn't really show in the picture, but there are SO many. Will have to take them down and process them soon.
Yellow bonnet. Gave these away because I just couldn't. Friend who took them says he sucks at gardening, but likes to make fermented sauces. The cooked sauce I've made from them is really tasty.
This is the clone of the brown DouglahT vole plant I kept. Not sure I'll get pods from this guy.
Taking down bowlfuls like this.
I've got more oranges than I know what to do with. They make delicious powder. I made one batch of sauce from them (WAY hotter than the yellow bonnets) and have dried all the rest for powder. I sat for three hours seeding and slicing last weekend.
Haven't been around much; haven't had much to say. A little blasphemy: I'm really enjoying the powders and sauces I've made, but I'm getting sick of growing and processing chili peppers. I just bit off too big a bite for my first go at this. I will scale things back considerably next year.
You know, the vast majority of people don't have a hope in hell of experiencing the flavor nuances in something as mild as a habanero. I'm so glad you're enjoying the genuinely hot and tasty stuff Unc.
I may have to go cuss at the sun. The "feels like" temperature has been around 110° down here. That's so much BS. No way 110 in the desert feels anything like being in this sweatbox. Anyways, one of my sharpei plants growing in a real hay bale is suffering from the wilt. I lost one in another bale a while back, same symptons so this one is enjoying intensive care mode now.
I am cursed with an abnormally acute olfactory sense, which is great for eating peppers and drinking beer and what, but absolutely sucks in every other facet of life.
I didn't expect to love a superhot.. Confuses my nascent plans for next year..
Yep, we're right there with you - 109° and downright swampy. Sucks.
My new hummingbird feeder has attracted more bees and wasps than hummingbirds, but most of the bugs visit my pepper flowers, too! Frankie loves to chomp at sky raisins, though, and there are so many more spicy ones around now I worry she'll catch one..
Put up some shade cloth yesterday. My poor plants suffered in this week's heatwave. A few green pods dropped, nothing major, but it was a harrowing experience. Angrily shaking my fist at the sun made a difference, I think.