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Marturos 2024 Glog.

It's that time of the year, cold & gloomy outside, & inside the magic is happening. Those little green pepper plants are pushing up
towards the artificial sun. Who came up first? The early Jalapeño, Serrano, & the Sugar Rush Stripy. A little game we play LOL.

This is the best set up we have ever had before. 4 LED grow lights 2 heating mats, room stays at 66 F at night & 74 F during the day.
With 22 varieties & 50 plants we hope to have a real special grow for the 24 season, with a lot of great tasting peppers. 😀

When I joined THP I had just moved from Fluorescents lights to the new LED lights. Outside everything is about the same, it's the indoor
adventure that has changed for the better. Compact high output grow lights, heating mats instead of heating cables without thermostats
it's a lot of fun once again.

This is my first Glog. Welcome to the ride. :welcome:



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Grow list:

1. Antep Aci Dolma
2. Aji Panca
3. Aji Strawberry drop
4. Sugar Rush Stripy
5. Aji Pineapple
6. Aji Chombo Amarillo
7. Aji Fantasy
8. Pasilla Oaxaca
9. Pasillo Apaseo
10. Pasilla Mixe
11. Chilhuacle Negro
12. Aji Chombo Rojo
13. Aji Rainforest
14. Brazilian Starfish
15. Jamaican Scotch Bonnet
16. Aji Charapita
17. Jigsaw ( ornamental )
18. Poblano Rojo
19. Early Jalapeño
20. Serrano
21. Lesya
22. Datil
 
Aji Strawberry Drop or Strawberry Drop. Not a large plant however it is full of peppers.
I have been watching 2 peppers turn from yellowish green to a bright red, picked up one today & it popped off. 😃

They smell like a sweet ripe bell pepper with flavors of Jalapeño & Serrano they smell very little of heat.
Taste is sweet & tangy plenty crunchy with a serrano level heat good eaten raw like salad or anything you would use serranos for.

This plant would do well in a pot as it's short, & trepideria in it's habit.


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Aji Pineapple. This plant needs a lot of space it's bushy & needs staking.

When first cut it smells floral & sweet with a little spicy smell, not like a Jalapeño smells but more tropical.
The heat is very nice with a sweet flavor, it would make a great Amarillo Salsa or Aji Pineapple with Pineapple, hot sauce.

We will grow this one again only in a garden all by themselves. 😀


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The plants are all healthy & loaded with peppers now starting to ripen up.
If I need to do a taste test for anyone on the Scotch Bonnet, well I suggest you just grow a plant or two, it's that goood.


Sugar Rush Stripy flower.
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My lunch pepper today. 😃 A fresh ripe Scotch Bonnet.
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Early Jalapeño
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Pasilla Mixe
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Antep Aci Dolma.
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Chilhuacle Negro.
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Aji Fantasy.
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Chili Poblano Rojo.
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This is the Aji Chombo, thanks to @Downriver 😀

I have to say, if you like Scotch Bonnets & don't mind a little more heat this is one to try. I have never grown the red Scotch bonnet
& have not tasted it either, so this could be a red Bonnet type pepper for super flavor & very spicy use.
We picked one & cut it in half, no seeds yet however the smell was sweet with a tropical bent & yes you can smell the :mouthonfire: .

Mrs. Marturo likes Scotch bonnets & eats a piece from a fresh pepper now & then. She took a piece of Aji Chombo put it in her mouth & spit it out toot sweet LOL. This is not a snacking pepper, it does flavor & spice most things like bean soup & spaghetti sauce etc.






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@Marturo I've grown the red scotch bonnet from tomatogrowers.com, and it's a great pepper! It was reminiscent of a Caribbean red habanero with slightly less heat and more fruitiness. Just wanted to throw that in there, since you mentioned that you've never grown the red scotch bonnet. It's a great pepper to have in your garden.
 
@Marturo I've grown the red scotch bonnet from tomatogrowers.com, and it's a great pepper! It was reminiscent of a Caribbean red habanero with slightly less heat and more fruitiness. Just wanted to throw that in there, since you mentioned that you've never grown the red scotch bonnet. It's a great pepper to have in your garden.
Sounds like a tasty pepper, The Aji Chombo is also very fruity & very :hot:

The Aji Chombos are just full of peppers.

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I'll have to add them to the grow list for next year! Do you prefer the Aji Chombo red, or the amarillo?
I have 3 Aji Chombos this Season, 2 from Baker Creek & 1 from @Downriver.

So far the only color I have seen so far is this red color on the @Downriver plant. The taste is fruity & very hot.
One interesting thing so far is the difference in shape. The Aji Chombo from @Downriver has a shape more like a Habanero
& the 2 plants from Baker Creek have a more Bonnet shape. This is gonna be very interesting. 😄

I saw a pod getting color on one of the BC plants so I can taste it soon. I have to say about the plants, they are very strong
& so far need no supports.

The @Downriver plant.
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I have 3 Aji Chombos this Season, 2 from Baker Creek & 1 from @Downriver.

So far the only color I have seen so far is this red color on the @Downriver plant. The taste is fruity & very hot.
One interesting thing so far is the difference in shape. The Aji Chombo from @Downriver has a shape more like a Habanero
& the 2 plants from Baker Creek have a more Bonnet shape. This is gonna be very interesting. 😄

I saw a pod getting color on one of the BC plants so I can taste it soon. I have to say about the plants, they are very strong
& so far need no supports.

The @Downriver plant.
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Cool, keep me posted on the Baker Creek one, and if you recommend it, I'll add it to the grow list next year.
 
Cool, keep me posted on the Baker Creek one, and if you recommend it, I'll add it to the grow list next year.
I'm also growing two Baker Creek Aji Chombo plants this year, and I've been pretty impressed with the plants. The one in the pot is not doing as well--poor quality potting soil, I think--but it's got healthy growth and some pods already, including the ripening one in the first photo.

The plant in the ground is growing low and full of peppers. I did not catch all the pods in this 2nd photo, but I think you can still see 12-15 here. I'll be happily growing more Baker Creek Chomboes next year. Agreed with @Marturo re: no need for support stakes. The plants are strong and healthy.
 

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