Hey all! I'm new to the forum, but not to growing peppers. I figured I'd start a Glog to share what I'm doing with my indoor pepper grow.
This year, I wanted to start with a really wide pool of genetics to seed my next couple projects. However, my space is extremely limited, so I plan to do as I have in the past few seasons and graft multiple varieties of peppers on to the same mother plant in order to maximize the number of varieties that I can grow in my (tiny) apartment. Indoor growing in the NE US is not the easiest, especially in the winter when the air is constantly dry to the point of causing problems.
I currently have 2 rounds of seedlings going for this cycle. The first was planted in December and the first few plants are just about to flower.
The first round of plantings was:
CGN22084 (Capsicum Chacoense)
Fish Pepper (Capsicum Annuum)
Trepadiera Werner (Capsicum Baccatum)
Firewall F3 (Capsicum Frutescens x Annuum)- T
Manchas Pretas (Capsicum praetermissum)
Cumari Alongado (Capsicum praetermissum)
Royal Black (Capsicum Annuum
The most recent round is when things start to get really interesting, though.
I recently was gifted a few seeds from a few countries in S.E. Asia. Not quite sure what the varieties are, but they are from
The Phillipines (Capsicum ???)
Vietnam (Capsicum ???)
Cambodia (Capsicum ???)
I also planted the following, which I requested direct from CGN. For most of these, there was not much in the way of pictures, so growing them should be a bit of an adventure.
CGN23257: Capsicum chinense (RU 72-362)
CGN23769: Capsicum chinense (RU 72-101)
CGN16907: Capsicum chinense (Zou-Pi)
CGN22835: Capsicum chinense (RU 72-182)
CGN16994: Capsicum chinense (RU 72-194)
CGN21502: Capsicum eximium
I requested a few others (Tovarii, Cardenasii, etc) but the request was not unsuccessful. My most wanted is Capsicum Flexuosum. I actually purchased seeds from Fatalii this year, but none of them are germinating and I am beginning to lose hope. I don't really have 30 Euros plus shipping to US to spare, so it looks like the dream of using it as breeding stock will have to be put on ice. In the event that you are reading this and happen to have Flexuosum seeds, please let me know? I'm happy to send back F1 seeds when my grow starts bearing fruit, trade (though I don't think I have anything terribly interesting to most) or compensate you how you feel is fitting)
I also started the a few other assorted seeds of more common varieties.
Neyede x Bubblegum f4
Out of these, the crown jewel is undoubtedly a fresh start I have labelled "4-mer Yatsufusa", which is sprouted with 4 seed leaves. It has since put out 2 sets of 2 leaves each. Could this be a natural tetraploid pepper? It's barely a few weeks old, but I am excited to find out and use this plant as breeding stock going forward.
The point this indoor grow is to get a really wide genetic pool with the intention of casting a wide net as I begin to cross them with the more common species. I am planning on breeding for looks as much as flavor, with an emphasis on interesting colors, flowers, and fruit types. As my extra plants continue to grow, I will repeatedly cut them back to use for grafting and use the mother plants for Bonchi.
I also have 1 overwintered Aji White Fantasy, which is just about to flower as well.
This leads me to my first planned cross for the season-
Fish Pepper x Aji White Fantasy
As for the aquaponics- I currently have 2 apartment scale systems (20gal and 55gal) growing salad greens and herbs for cooking. I have tested and they will both grow peppers quite well for the long term (1 year+). I have about 4 or 5 slots free in the systems currently, and I am looking for suggestions as to what to peppers are worth it to use them for. In the unlikely event I am able to get the Flexuosum seeds to germinate (or get more seeds), at least 1 of those slots will be taken by that. Currently taking suggestions for what to put in!
I water with H2O from my fish tanks and aquaponics systems and supplement as needed.
More pictures to come soon.