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Boy. I'm willing to try just about anything I don't have!
In particular, I'd take douglah or other dark 7-pot, any yellow (and tasty) superhot, any baccatums, any crazy hybrids, any wilds and anything you think I'd dig!
When chili gets older, the older stems slowly becomes woody and you can always bury the exposed stem under the soil no problem.
Bad idea at this point. Along with losing their capacity to grow in diameter, those hardened cells have also likely differentiated past the point of being able to sprout roots. Burying them deep at this point would almost certainly lead to crown rot.
Your plants may have had some fungal problems when they were younger. Microbial attack can cause stem tissue to respond by "hardening" itself in case of future attack. That brown color you're seeing is a direct result of this - the cell walls of the stem tissue near the soil line have been beefed up with more lignin which will help thwart future attacks.
Now that your plants have outgrown their susceptibility to damping off, they are growing much faster. The problem is that those brown, barky stem tissue cells have lost a lot of their developmental plasticity - they are more reluctant to grow in diameter like the rest of the soft, green stem tissue above it. They will probably catch up eventually, but in the mean time that area could be a weak spot.
To help strenghthen the narrow spot, your plants need to experience stress that will convince the plant that it needs to physically reinforce the area. Putting a fan on them should do the trick.
How's everyone cutting doing so far, if you received one.
I have a huge pile of cuttings to get rid of this year again. Not free this time, but pretty cheap - I'm charging less than folks on ebay. I'm going to start a new thread in the coming days so keep your eyes peeled here if you're interested!