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Variegated Jalapeno Grow Log

So a couple years back when I was working on a commercial grow for a greenhouse I spotted this guy when I was sorting through a few dozen of our Jalapenos in 512 cell trays.  It wasn't likely to be a cross, as the seeds came from isolated seed stock from a company that only sells to nurseries. None of the other plants we had ended up looking like this. I was keeping a close eye on them.  We didn't offer any variegated peppers there at the time, so I had a hunch it was something special.  I took it home with me and tossed it in a SOLO cup.  

Where I found him:

A bit later on that season I snapped a few more pics of the plant.  

I waited for the pods to ripen and saved seeds, hoping for good things.   They took a long time to ripen and were quite corked.  Unfortunate that I didn't think to take better photos at the time:

Shortly afterwards I started some of those seeds and these guys turned up:

This is about as far as I managed with them, as I moved three hours away and started a new job.  Many of my plants were severely neglected for a span of a few months and all but one of them kicked the bucket.  I'm happy that I sent out seeds for these to several folks (who did have success with them!) and I am starting to grow some more thanks to Paul G and Chris Phillips. 

That's where I am right now!  Hopefully Canedog, Paul and Chris will chime in with their experience growing them.

Did you guys notice the corking is almost exclusively on the red parts? Thought that was pretty interesting.


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Planted out two of the 'Mattapeños'. White
pod seed, left, and ivory iso pod seed, right.

Two more ivory variegated pod seed plants
will go into #2NC containers very soon.
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Alright, Vivian! I can see a bit of variegation
on a couple of those pods!
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Nary a white or ivory branch on any of my four
Variegated Jalapeño ‘Mattapeño’ plants. I keep
hoping some will emerge soon, but it is getting
late in the season.

The first two are in #2NC pots. These pics from 5
days ago. There are a lot of new pods on each of
The four plants.

H x W: 32“ x 18” (86 cm x 46cm):

H x W: 34” x 18” (81 cm x 46cm):

These two plants in 7-gallon containers.

Left, H x W: 40” x 20” (100cm x 50cm)
Right, H x W: 45” x 24” (114cm x 61cm)