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Drunken Bee's 2024

Decided to drop a few seeds in december for next year so decided to start a '24 Glog early.

I'm very lucky in that in addition to a small domestic greenhouse at our house I also have access to a significant space in a commercial greenhouse (our little island used to be the UK's leading tomato supplier but the industry collapsed in the face of cheaper imports from warmer climes so there are a lot of huge greenhouses looking for uses here). In it I grow a lot of perennial stuff that needs a mediterranean climate (or is marginal there) - bananas, figs, tamarillos, various passiflora and my peppers sit interplanted with them. With our mild climate it is possible often to overwinter capsicum of all species in ground in these big greenhouses - not always though so hope for a mild winter!

Taking these into the winter to hopefully overwinter:

Chiltepin Amarillo
jalapeno lemon spice
jalapeno maylon
jalapeno X purple tiger


Aji melocoton

Bahamian Goat
Bhut Orange Copenhagen
Mustard Gum Naga Brain
Pockmark Orange

Chocolate XPS
Oculto CLEF

10 days or so I dusted off the propagator and put in some seeds of

Cardenasii USDA X Cap 500
Eximuum Cap 1530

Arequipa giant yellow
de La Selva rojo Arequipa
mini olive
Orange giant
Pico mucho
various Rocopica crosses

A couple of Rocoto and Rocopica varieties are up already.....Really excited for 2024!
Chocolate CPS still looking very healthy after a long winter and oculto clef firing out new growth. Pubescens and Baccatum seem perfectly placed to do well in the climate the greenhouse provides here - hence my desire to build out my collection of them (and their wild relatives). Having big overwintered plants makes a decent harvest much easier here and leaves space to focus on the Chinense and Annums year on year too.

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Update is the season has been a pretty much unbridled disaster.
I did what I normally do which is germinate in those little compressed pellets and pot on. I think the make up of the pellets this year is very different. For whatever reason most seedlings didn’t seem to root out of those and just stagnated/failed. I’ve ended up rescuing just 8 plants and put them into quad grow hydro units. The survivors are:
Mini-olive rocoto
Rojo de la selva Arequipa rocoto
Sugar rush stripey
Rocopica red
chupetinho black peach
Pippin’s golden honey
KS Lemon Starrburst
And a tiny flexuosum which has grown nothing in 4 months.

I’m hoping I can get these to scale, get a couple of pods to preserve the strains and then look to overwinter to salvage the season.

I’m tempted to try and germinate some more flexuosum or some other rocotos or hardier wilds now and overwinter as small plants if I can lay my hands on seeds to try and get something going if I can but don’t know if people think that’s worthwhile.

At least the three year old rocotos are going ok.

Hope things turn the corner, Rocotos looking good!

Ignoring my own lack of time to get my season running properly I’m also struggling with the conditions outside so far in the UK. May was a strange month even if the averages don’t look too far out. June needs to perk up else it’s going to be a tough one for me too.
weather totally shitty this year and it's started raining again :(