Very good observation Rick!! With the imported pepper variety's some aren't going to be planted again next time. The Bhuts and Reapers will be given second chances though. I have several Bhut Jolokia that were started in Late Dec that are nice big productive plants. This tells me that planting at the right time is very important. I believe that the Reapers will do very well also. Oh, the Hon Gochu seems to be doing fairly well also. There are 5 plants but only one is setting fruit nicely though. A lot of the plants were planted at the worst possible time of year. That was due to having to wait for the mail to deliver the seed. It just is what it is. We also have the rainy season coming pretty soon. It will be interesting to see how the plants can weather that storm. Peppers don't like rainy season.
We are quarantined here at home in Panama. I have permission to leave the house only 2 days per week between 11 am and 1pm to run my errands. I can't leave the house again until this coming Tues. So, I am posting more foto's than usual. We don't know when they will ease up on the restrictions. Some of the strictest quarantine restrictions in the world here in Panama.
I have the C Chinense super-hots segregated best I can in the yard. These are Bhut Jolokia variety's plus some Carolina Reaper's.
Bhut Jalokia-Red pod
Very large Bhut Jalokia plant-probably 5 feet wide. You really can't see it but this plant is fully loaded with pods. Most are still green. I was told that this variety is called Orange Chocolate Bhut. The pods are red in color to me. Very high quality pods. Very spicey. Very large and prolific plant. A keeper.
Orange Bhut Jalokia. Several pods are forming. This plant is over 3 months old and is small. Not producing many pods. Growing very slowly. I will keep experimenting with this plant as it is very attractive. Purple colored branching with a purple hued leaf color as well. Oh, the flowers are purple as well.
Row of Purple Thunder plants against the wall of the house. Very tall and bushy plants. Fully loaded with pods. Hundreds of pods.
On the left is the latest generation of Purple Thunder plants. I will be planting them in 10 gallon pots soon. I want to see how they can do during the rainy season.
Chili Rayado seedling in the front. The first 3 pots are the chili rayado. I have my fingers crossed that this variety can grow in Panama.
These are begonia. I have had these plants for at least 5 years. They have nice red blossoms that the hummingbirds love and visit daily when they are in bloom.
I have planted rainy season tomato's. There will be 4 pots with a small tomato called Virginia Tommy toes. I think thats what they are called. Those did pretty well during the dry season.
This is a pepper cross. Paper Lantern-Lemon Drop/Bhut Jalokia. Its making a comeback and is in bloom. Looks like there will be peppers. The plant is extremely slow growing and looks very much like Paper lantern.
This is the notorious Dragon Breath. I have been keeping an eye on this plant which has really been a disappointment so far. It doesn't like my climate. It has been sick. It has sulked. It has been sad looking. My sad sack. It hasn't even made the first bloom. I keep taking care of it. I keep it in the shade now. Its making a slow comeback and will eventually make a few peppers. Its supposed to be one of the spiciest peppers on the planet. We'll keep watching and waiting.
Chombo peppers growing in a raised bed. They have been there since last summer and have been making peppers continuously for so long that I can't remember when they weren't making peppers. Always full of big peppers. I can go out daily and pick em. Fruity. Spicy. I consider them a medium heat pepper. You might think they are hot. With super-hots out there now this one is mild really. Makes a nice fruity spicy sauce which is typical of Island type tropical peppers.
These are the yellow version. I like these guys even better. They are prettier and also bigger. They produce a lot less than the red version. Both taste the same.
Post by heavyhitterokra on May 10, 2020 17:16:27 GMT -6
Those are beautiful, Glen! Thanks, for posting photos!
We're still experiencing daytime high temperatures in the 60s and lows in the 30s to 40s. (Not good for gardening). A month ago, we had a few days reach the upper 80s. One day, even reached 90 degrees, so things have really fluctuated. This time of year is always dicey, but this year seems to be extra tough.
Our rainy season is supposed to start in May. However, you never know what day it will start. We had rain in early April on one day. I think it was Easter. I thought that was an omen that maybe rain would start early this year. It wasn't. We haven't had rain since. Well, we did have rain for about 10 minutes at midnight last night. With some luck we will start getting regular rains soon. You just don't realize how much we suffer down here during the dry season. We have high humidity and clear sky's so it gets 95% and stays real warm thru out the night here. We don't use air conditioners in Panama. So, you really have to be acclimated in order to get a proper night sleep. I mean, it can be very miserable trying to sleep. The rain, when it comes, will make it seem cooler. There will be periods of time when we get over-cast days for weeks on end. No sun. Its bad for the plants but good for me as far as getting a better nights sleep. During those periods I have to pull all my plants away from the shade of the tree's so they can glean a little sun from the over-cast sky's. Its almost like a nuclear winter here during the rainy season.