Post by Paul Griffith on May 3, 2020 13:56:31 GMT -6
Really awesome results, Glen. That the Mystery threw yellow pods is a surprise for me. last season, they were orange/red with purple shading! all the pods look great, but the yellow ones are really striking!
Ok, so other readers will be updated Paul Griffith is the original Purple Thunder breeder. I got the seed for this new hybrid from Paul. Paul gave me f4 seed which means I have the fourth generation. Purple Thunder is being stabilized now. Stabilization takes many years. The f8 or f9 generation could be when the seed is finally stabilized. During this time the seed will show different traits. In this case, Paul noticed that the PT mystery plant is a different color than it presented for him last season. Actually, the PT number 3 plants has different colored pods also. Who ever is growing out the variety during those 8 or 9 years has the opportunity to save seed from plants that show traits they like. In this case Paul likes the yellow color of the pods on the mystery plant and wants me to send him seed. This is how new variety's are made. Maybe Paul would like the final generation of PT mystery to be yellow? I kind of liked the yellow color myself but I didn't know it was a new color.
Oh, I already have planted seed from the PT mystery pepper and the PT number 3 pepper and they are already germinated and looking good. I don't know if the plants will retain the yellow color or not? We will find out though. If you were a deep pocketed plant breeder the correct thing to do is to plant several hundred of the yellow PT Mystery peppers which would give you a large sample of plants to choose for seed saving. I am just a back yard gardener so I can't do that. I think I might have gotten lucky with that yellow podded PT mystery. The yellow color is pretty solid and is very desirable in the chili world. The plant is purplish in color and has yellow pods? Very interesting.
These are some peppers I harvested today. There are Purple Thunder mystery on the left. Also, Purple Thunder number 3 on the right. I had a lot of other Bhut Jalokia peppers that came in today also. I saved the seed and Split them and then shredded them up in the food processor. With a Little vinegar and salt and sugar. This mixture Will be scaldingly spicey like nothing I have ever put in my mouth.
Its been awhile since I posted here. The Purple Thunder trial has been a complete success. Plants are still producing. Plants are over 7 feet tall now and still blooming. I have harvested many gallon bags of peppers from these plants. I have never seen plants so big and so prolific. I am in the rainy season now and the plants are still under the short roof over-hang of my house. Plants don't seem to mind the rainy season at all. I also have 6 young Purple Thunder plants going as well that are about 6 weeks old. Younger pepper plants don't adjust to the rainy cloudy weather nearly as well as adult plants. Some are doing quite well, some not so well. With patience though, it appears that all plants will survive and produce sometime later.