I think I would grow them every year if I had the space for them. I promised to grow some super hots for my brother and his son and some of course for me. once I get them off my list for awhile, I'll get back to growing the wild varieties, I love their taste, but picking a few hundred pods off of just a couple of plants can be tirering, so now I put a plastic tarp down at the base of them and just shake the hell out of the plants as most ripe pods just fall off. The hardist part is deseeding them so i can grind them up leaving the seeds in imparts a bitter taste that I don't like. I usually end up drying them whole or pickling a few thousand pods and packing them in quart jars. I have some seeds of a C. eximium that doesn't have any heat I know it just goes by a number, but I want to get a hot type again or cross it with a C. cardenasii. I woul love to cross them with a Rocoto and then back cross with either a eximium or a cardenasii as the two develope pods all season as they take the heat much better than the rocoto which stops mid season till it cools back down. I would love to find a monster rocoto or Manzano from maybe Mexico that would take the heat and have a full season.
The unripe rocoto pods are not as tasty and the plants are in full swing when our killer frost hits so I end up pulling plants that are full of green pods, the green pods do stuff well, but I would rather have them ripe.
I'd like to get at least three or four C. galapagoense plants going a long with the same number of Tovari ot a hot variety of Lanceolatum some of the wild ones are self sterile and need at least two or three plant so that they can get proper pollination, I think that some of the seeds I have tried growing may have been sterile as I have waited months for seeds to sprout without any luck. Next year i will be getting a new heating mat as the old one I had finally quit so I need to get another one before I try growing anymore wild varieties that have a lone germination time. What I need is to come up with a large mat that will heat several large seed trays and or a few hundred cups, I have been thinking about using electric blanket wiring that has a heating control and making one very large heated rubber mat as the ones that are for sell can be very expensive.