I guess it's time for an update... I've had a lot of work of recently, but thus far the plants have managed the periodic neglect. I've lost a few plantlets over the last month:
- I sacrificed my chile costeño plantlet because the leaves looked diseased;
- Oro de Ecuador died on me for uncertain reasons;
- Leviathan Gnarly Scorpion was destroyed by concupiscent pussycats.
Of all my adult and adolescent plants, only two are giving me worries. One (Scotch Brains) might just suffer from retarded growth (no pun intended), but the other (local pubescens
) is really struggling and acts as a pest magnet. I start to see why pubescens
won't do well in the hot tropics.
The heat has been climbing over the last few weeks and some refreshing rain would be welcome. We'll still have to wait a month or two for that though. I'm noticing that birds are eating some of the peppers, and they really seem to like Black Betty (Red). It's the only pepper they eat while still unripe.
I've collected four major harvest from my plants so far and we're only at the beginning. The image below are last weekend's hots (hotter than habanero): 1.5 kg from basically five plants. I'm currently eating ~1 kg a week, mainly as self-made pickles.
More updates to follow