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P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Long-time THP veterans mourned the loss last August of Amarillo, Texas musician/songwriter/silversmith/chilehead Erin Mason, known to us here on the boards as P. Dreadie. Erin was an enigma, one of the most interesting and creative, yet gentle and loving guys I ever knew. Many of us may be unaware that he played harmonica in one of the original Austin, Texas bands of the early 1970s "Cosmic Cowboy" era, Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys. When Erin decided to step off of Alvin's perpetually-touring bus and return to Amarillo, he travelled to Jamaica, fell in love with the Reggae beat, collected the best Scotch Bonnet fruit he could find, and his alter-ego Papa Dreadie was born.

In 2013 Erin sent me a few pods of the Scotch Bonnets he had been breeding, carefully selected descendants of the original fruit he brought back from the Caribbean all those years ago. I harvested every single seed from those pods, and stored them away, as I focused increasing attention on other varieties. When his wife Liz gave us the news last August that Erin had passed, I knew what I had to do with those seeds: a community grow in his memory. I have already shared about half of them, and I will continue to share them with experienced growers of the Scotch Bonnet until they are gone.

Papa Dreadie Scotch Bonnet Select, grown by Erin in 2013:



Lifetime memories posted by Liz Mason on Erin's FB page. Liz is an extremely talented professional photographer:


The legendary bus:



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My Trippaul Threat v2 F3 Yellow germination was
so dismal this time around, I tested  eight more in
some rock wool on 2/16. Yesterday (2/28) they
were 7/8 (88%) with radicles, including one with
cotys up. I think I must have inadvertently buried
them too deep in the first round.
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I may try this with some of the stubborn wilds.
Maybe a few in rockwool and a few in the


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Glad you finally got them. Four of each will
make a great grow. Looking forward to 2022!
Mine came too, put up a pic in my glog.
Will grow them next year, prob. 2 plants each. (As long as I get some kinda small greenhouse/hoophouse built this summer)


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My Papa Dreadies had a tough time with the weather,
as is typical with my Scotch Bonnets here. They like
warmer weather in the Spring. The recent hot spell
and temps settling into the high 80's have prompted
a nice greening up and growth spurt. Hoping to actually
get a few pods from my three plants.
These two are in a window box. I have one other in
a three gallon pot as insurance for late season pods:


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These pods from the plant in the above picture.

The other three plants also have pods on them. There
are some nice phenotypes scattered throughout, but
this plant has the the largest and most densely packed