Reviving this thread on purpose.
In another thread somewhere, I saw @Datil
talking about this pepper, and that it doesn't seem to be available anywhere.
Back in 2013, I received seeds for "Habanero de Arbol" from Mike (aka @smokemaster
). I grew it in 2014 then overwintered, grew it for the 2015 season then overwintered, and grew it through the 2016 season, when it finally gave up the ghost. My plant and pods looked just like what @millworkman
posted above in post #7.
Well, you guys got me to remembering that not long ago, I found a tub of pods way in the back of my beer fridge that I would guess are from the 2014 season. They did not rot, rather they seemed to have "dehydrated" naturally in the fridge. So, I figured WTH, let's give them a go and see what happens.
I grabbed one of the pods. It looked like this.
Busted it open and counted 68 seeds.
I had the bottom of a sweet potato in a mini SIP to see if it would grow a few slips. With these seeds being so old, I thought germination would be sparse at best and this SIP would be a great place to try to germinate. I planted all 68 seeds thickly in little rows lol.
Low and behold, I had a sprout or two on day 10. Surprise, Surprise!
At the 14 day mark, I counted somewhere around 40 seedlings. WTF! They're too thick to get an accurate count, lol. So, I guess the seeds are viable, ha.
Thanks to you guys for the inspiration. If you're interested in trying to grow your own Tree Hab, send me your info. Although these pods weren't bagged, there was not another pepper plant within 300 yd of this one, so I would say they're at least "semi-isolated".
Now I gotta figure out what to do with this jungle!