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:
 
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Lifetime memories posted by Liz Mason on Erin's FB page. Liz is an extremely talented professional photographer:
 
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The legendary bus:
 
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I'm gonna grow some p. dreadies next year, going to give them a try! going to go hydro for the first time probably!
 

PaulG

Extreme Member
More from the Papa Dreadie 2018 in the #10 container.
Some of the more on-phenotype pods are starting to
ripen up. Will save seeds from the better pheno pods.
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I hope everyone participating in this iteration of the Papa Dreadie
memorial grow is having good luck with them. Still waiting for some
nice, ripe pods from the 2020 plants.
 
Of the four scotch bonnet varieties I'm currently growing, I like the Schneider farms and the Papa Dreadie best. They have a slow building heat and a taste that I can appreciate. I have even managed to eat a whole pod directly from the plant 😁. But in my case that could mean that their heat is not what it should be... 🤔

I'm also growing Foodarama yellow which is growing only tiny pods and has a habanero-ish taste that I don't like, and Freeport orange which is way hotter that the others with a heat that hits directly, and in my opinion has a bad taste.
 
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PaulG

Extreme Member
Alright @MarcV, things are looking up
there in Schoten. I like the 'golf ball' shape some of the
Dreadie pods have.
 
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The pod shape has changed somewhat over time. In the beginning the pods had a more stretched shape. The "true" bonnet shape is a minority. Most seem to have this golf ball shape...
 

PaulG

Extreme Member
The pod shape has changed somewhat over time. In the beginning the pods had a more stretched shape. The "true" bonnet shape is a minority. Most seem to have this golf ball shape...
My experience as well, @MarcV. This season with hot days
and much warmer nighttime temperatures caused the
plant to set more of the ‘real’ pods. True of the Scorpions
and Fatalis, as well as the Beth Boyd Scotch Bonnets.
 

PaulG

Extreme Member
The Papa Dreadie pods are ripening quickly,
I may even get them all before the cold weather
starts to set in for real.

Left, the 2020 seed pods, right, the 2018. Pretty
much shows the general differences between the
two in the latest round of ripening.
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