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Downriver 2022 - Pepper Time

Today is Jan 1, so time to start a Glog and THINK about what to grow. The answer is most likely somewhere in here. I'll figure it out shortly. :think:

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PaulG

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Same problem here, DR, except the cool wet
Spring suck prevented progress in the early
season, so there were nothing but runts on
the peppers, wilds included.
 

Downriver

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Well, I was finally able to pick a few pods the other day - first of the season. Hopefully there's a lot more to come.

Torres Catywampus (de Arbol type from Jalisco), TepinxLemon Drop (round pheno)
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Antonia P Rhomedia, TepinxLemon Drop (bullet pheno), Naga J XL cross, Dangler's Ghost
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CraftyFox

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Those tepin x Lemondrop look great! I've tried to run them twice now and both times they failed to germinate.. Any tips? Also, how are those bullet ones? Can you describe the flavor/heat? They look pretty fruity.

Good catch on the Striped Beetles.. I know I've seen that damage here too and wondered at it, never caught them in the act like that.

My mini-red seed also didn't pop, and I only had two of them.. So I'd love to negotiate a trade for some of yours when you turn them around, if you're willing.
 

Downriver

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Those tepin x Lemondrop look great! I've tried to run them twice now and both times they failed to germinate.. Any tips? Also, how are those bullet ones? Can you describe the flavor/heat? They look pretty fruity.

Good catch on the Striped Beetles.. I know I've seen that damage here too and wondered at it, never caught them in the act like that.

My mini-red seed also didn't pop, and I only had two of them.. So I'd love to negotiate a trade for some of yours when you turn them around, if you're willing.

Thanks! My original Tepin X Lemon Drop seeds came from Trent Lawrence (@TrentL). Both phenos taste about the same, just different shapes. IIRC, the "bullet" pheno is the standard, but I like them both.

Notes from 2020 grow:

2020 – Very tall plants – close to 7 ft. Pods are RED. Two different phenotypes - a) Round, quarter size and b) long or bullet shaped – up to two inches. Both are crunchy and sweet up front, with a mild to medium heat following. Nice warmth for 10 min or so. Very prolific.

My original Rocoto - Mini Red seeds came from @PaulG. This is my first year growing it. It's growing, but not setting fruit. It's been way too hot. It'll be a crap shoot whether it will have enough time to set and mature pods once it cools off. We'll see.
 

Downriver

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Purple Thunder Mystery DR F5. I'm growing three plants. They set pods early, then the heat wave hit, and they dropped flowers. With the break in temps, I think they're starting to think about setting pods again. We'll see.

Purple Thunder 1 IMG_20220814_133120514_HDR.jpg Purple Thunder 2 IMG_20220814_133059614_HDR.jpg Purple Thunder IMG_20220814_133016379_HDR.jpg Purple Thunder 3 IMG_20220814_132950539_HDR.jpg
 

Downriver

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First time growing Shishito. Plant is productive, even through the heat wave. I've eaten a few and, quite frankly, don't see the appeal. I hear you're supposed to fry them but haven't tried that yet. Any tips?

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Downriver

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You might recall I had a tray of plants that got too close to the light earlier this year. Fast forward to about a week ago. This is what the survivors look like now. They're not very tall - more "stocky". They are setting pods however. Should be able to harvest some before frost.


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PaulG

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First time growing Shishito. Plant is productive, even through the heat wave. I've eaten a few and, quite frankly, don't see the appeal. I hear you're supposed to fry them but haven't tried that yet. Any tips?

Shishito IMG_20220814_133146246_HDR.jpg
I find them very similar to Spanish Padrón peppers.
Sauté either until collapsed and slightly charred. Serve
hot with a sprinkle of salt and a nice cold brew. I prefer
a lager for these.

The growth habits are very similar, as well as the flavor.
Padróns pods are a bit shorter, perhaps, and will become
large, pods with some heat if left to ripen.
 
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Downriver

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I find them very similar to Spanish Padrón peppers.
Sauté either until collapsed and slightly charred. Serve
hot with a sprinkle of salt and a nice cold brew. I prefer
a lager for these.

The growth habits are very similar, as well as the flavor.
Padróns pods are a bit shorter, perhaps, and will become
large, pods with some heat if left to ripen.

Thanks Paul. I'll give sauteed a try.
 
Great haul DR!

Good to see somebody growing the seeds I put in the train last year and those pods look awesome. Did you get good germination? I'm currently growing one plant from the same set of seeds in hydro.
 
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