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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Downriver

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I grew both the G2 (2018) and G3 (2020) P. Dreadie Scotch Bonnets this year. Thanks for sharing the seeds with me @Sawyer . Special thanks to @windchicken has well.

Both plants produced well. I think the pheno of the G2 is a little more traditional, but the G3 wasn't bad either. Both plants generated some HUGE pods, as well as a few with mini stingers. Both conditions occurred more in the G2 than the G3.

G2 pods
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G3 pods
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Papa Dreadie (center) is starting to look a bit better now 🙂
I also took my third scotch bonnet plant (Schneider Farms) inside. This was in fact my favorite variety and I couldn't leave it outside in the cold. I still need to re-pot it. It doesn't look very nice right now but I'm confident that it will look better in a couple of weeks.

All three plants are growing flower buds 🙂

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Papa Dreadie (center) is starting to look a bit better now 🙂
I also took my third scotch bonnet plant (Schneider Farms) inside. This was in fact my favorite variety and I couldn't leave it outside in the cold. I still need to re-pot it. It doesn't look very nice right now but I'm confident that it will look better in a couple of weeks.

All three plants are growing flower buds 🙂

20211028 151722 DMC-LX100 10.90mm f2.20 ISO200 P1020803a.jpg
Glad your still growing bonnets Marc …. P. Dreadie and Schneider awesome
 
I grew both the G2 (2018) and G3 (2020) P. Dreadie Scotch Bonnets this year. Thanks for sharing the seeds with me @Sawyer . Special thanks to @windchicken has well.

Both plants produced well. I think the pheno of the G2 is a little more traditional, but the G3 wasn't bad either. Both plants generated some HUGE pods, as well as a few with mini stingers. Both conditions occurred more in the G2 than the G3.

G2 pods
G2 IMG_20211013_121719194.jpg G2 IMG_20211013_121809595.jpg G2 IMG_20211013_121913226.jpg G2 IMG_20211013_122200460.jpg

G3 pods
G3 IMG_20211013_124437513.jpg G3 IMG_20211013_124530703.jpg G3 IMG_20211013_124611649.jpg G3 IMG_20211013_124748261.jpg

Those are really beautiful pod!
 
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