If you go to the first post on this thread where I have pics you will see a bunch of foto's. The second foto up from the bottom foto is pequin's. They are green in the foto and not covered over yet. However, the pequin gets fully covered over with peppers and is a very beautiful plant. The plants will get 4 feet high and very wide. They live for more than a year also in my climate. They produce continuously also, however, the preceding harvests are smaller than the first time you pick pequins. When you make hot sauce out of em you don't do anything with em except pick em red and wash them. Make sure the stems are gone. Throw em in the blender or food processor whole and grind em up with vinegar and salt and you got a great hot sauce. They also make great peppa sauce which is just green or red pequins soaked in vinegar with some salt. I will be sending Ron some of these seeds later on. They are a great plant. Another thing about this plant is that I find them growing occasionally near fences and under tree's. They always look the same. Which means that this variety is not that promiscuous. Peppers are juicy which tells me that they are probably related to the frutescens.
I grew them because I had no seeds at the time. I live in Panama and sometimes I just have to make do. The pequin is the superior pepper. You can youtube them and see people make hot sauce out of them. If you live in a climate similar to mine pequins are nice because they live for a long time. They are immune to tropical deseases and nematodes also.
This is a foto of a pequin chili pepper. It's fully loaded and I am just waiting for them to ripen. I could pick them now and pour some hot vinegar over them with some salt to make traditional peppa sauce also. They take a long time to ripen for whatever reason. There is no hurry for them in my climate I guess. The birds will take notice of them when they begin to ripen. We have one bird in particular that eats them. It's not a mockingbird though.
George, if you look carefully at this foto, you can see what I am almost positive is a wheel bug. I saw it in the foto after taking it. When I first discovered this guy a few years ago, my name for him was the bucket loader bug. I think my name is just as good even if it is not correct. The bug is on the lower right of the foto.
Post by heavyhitterokra on Sept 30, 2019 17:45:53 GMT -6
Good eye, Glen!
It's hard to imagine that as recently as 2012, I had no idea what a Wheel Bug really did in the garden ... Then, one night, during the summer of the great grasshopper plague, as we were out hunting grasshoppers with our flashlights and our wet-vac; I saw one of these Wheel Bugs in action, as it crept up on a fat grasshopper in the pitch black of night, attacking it from behind, by sinking its poisonous beak into this garden pest and began the long and arduous task of sucking out its innards.
I was a hard fast fan of the Wheel Bug after seeing that!
Here is a clip from a Wikipedia article, explaining in detail what I had observed:
The wheel bug (Arilus cristatus) is in the family Reduviidae (literally, "hangnail"), which consists of assassin bugs. The species is one of the largest terrestrial true bugs in North America, reaching up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) in length in their adult stage. However, males are smaller in terms of their length and width when compared to females. A characteristic structure is the wheel-shaped pronotal armor. They are predators upon soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars, Japanese beetles, grasshoppers, the cabbage worm, orange dogs, tent caterpillars, and the Mexican bean beetle, all of which they pierce with their beak to inject salivary fluids that dissolve soft tissue. Wheel bugs are most active in daylight, though they may engage in predatory behaviors at night in areas illuminated by lights. Because most of their prey are pests, wheel bugs are considered as beneficial.
Thanks, for the photo, Glen. People like me always enjoy leaning more about these beneficial bugs; willing to help us in the garden.
I hate to burst your bubble like this. However, the bug in the foto is not a wheel-bug. I saw the bug in the foto after blowing the foto up and thought it was a wheel bug. I went back outside to see if the bug was still there which it was. It turned out not to be a wheel bug. I decided to see if anyone would spot my error. Since no one did, its time to fess up. Its not a wheel bug. I do not actually know what the bug is now. In Panama you see many insects that you have never seen before. We do in fact have lots of wheel bugs as well and I see them quite a bit.
Thanx so much for adding some photo's Hank! Those Thai hot peppers sure do look suspiciously like tobasco's with that lime green color. I love the purple pepper plant as well. Just gorgious. Cool the way the peppers cluster on the branches. Are these plants currently growing in your garden?
Rick. Yes, my pequins are loaded but they are ripening very late and slow. They produce a lot of peppers but not much by wieght. Peppers are tiny. Great sauce making pepper.
As far as wheelbugs go. I used to call them bucketloader bugs. I see them all the time. I have tried to catch them with my hands but they are just too fast. Now that I know that they can bite I don't bother them. They now have free reign to do whatever it is that they do on the plants. I used to see them constantly on my bittermellon vines.
Here are a couple of photos from today, in my garden.
This first is my favorite hot pepper, Murupi Amarela, which is like a long, skinny (and small) habanero. It can be difficult to get started in the spring. This spring, it was a bear to get going, due to the cool, wet conditions. But once the heat come on, this pepper is pretty hardy.
Here's a photo if Murupi Amarela with a Chile Rayado, snugged up against it. I lost most of my Rayado this year, due, probably, to the unusually wet conditions we experienced. I do have two plants left, and years of good seed in the freezer.
I'm not concerned about these two crossing, as I've been growing them side by side since 2012, with never a single cross. I don't believe they're compatible.
Some mean looking peppers George. Especially those wrinkle peppers. I have had a lot of problems with too much rain and not enough sun all season. I have so many issues in my peppers. Its been a hard year to garden.