These seedlings are about 45 days old. Seeds were sewn on the last day of January, 2020. You can see that some of these seedlings look terrible. Some will not make it. They are super-hot chili pepper seedlings. I have Carolina Reapers and Bhut Jolokia variety's in different colors. The last seedling photo is of the Dragons Breath chili. This plant is one of those that will not make it. They wilt in the heat and searing sun. Every time they wilt they get weaker. There will be survivors though which is a good thing. Plus, I will be planting more super-hots in the future. I don't give up easily. The last foto is Biker Billy jalepeno's. Its full of peppers but notice how the plant suffers in the heat. This plant will probably die in the near future.
Interesting photos Glen. The chinense seedlings look like they're doing good. The jalapeno, being an annuum, seems to be hurting. This confirms what you've said about annuums not being tolerant of Panama heat. The Dragon's Breath, which is some crazy cross of who knows what peppers, probably doesn't have the genetics to survive your heat either. It will be interesting to see.
This a todays foto's of some of my super hot seedlings. The plants doing the best are the carolina reaper's. A few bhuts will survive. The reapers can take the heat much better. Can you tell which plants are the reapers? This is a Carolina Reaper. Its by far the biggest plant.
This is a Reaper also. They look completely different than Bhut's. This plant is smaller but its going to be a real nice plant. Reapers get big and make a lot of peppers.
This is a reaper that is coming back from being sick. It had a case of the flu and looked horrid for a long time. This Red reaper is in a 2.35 gallon pot which is too small for reapers. But, the plant will still produce some pods.
This plant is a Bhut Jolokia. The top leaves are not developing. The plant is sulking. There are other sad looking seedlings around the house. I have all of them in permanent shade as none can handle direct sun for more than a few minutes. Some of the Sad Sacks will probably also survive when the over-cast sky's roll in when rainy season returns which is in a month. Next season I will start super-hots in Oct which is towards the end of my rainy season and I will have much less problems.
Mountianj-thanx. This is my first year growing super-hot peppers. I am trying several variety's and variants of several different variety's. Are you are super-hot pepper grower? There is only a few folks on this forum that like them. I have been growing chili's for a few years now and I really enjoy growing these super-hot peppers. Very enjoyable to grow. Thanx for stopping by and taking a look at my pics. You are right, most super-hot peppers look similar. Right now, the Carolina Reaper plants look the best. I hope the other Bhut Jolokia peppers pull out of their funk. Its just too hot outside for young pepper plants here in Panama. It gets 94 degree's F every afternoon and only 77 degree's F at night. It real rough on pepper's.
Rick, It appears that several of the Bhut Jalokia seedlings will at least survive until next month when conditions begin to change. Maybe they will make a come back? The Carolina Reapers are pretty hard core. I predict they will survive and thrive. You never know, Carolina Reapers might just be my go to super-hot pepper? I have heard good things about them. Good flavor and high heat levels. Big producers of those famous scorpion tail hotties!!!! They seem to be a very tough variety like Chombo's. The Bhut's need cooler temps especially when they are starting out. I have some that were started in Late December and they are nice and big and are producing well now.
glen i have not growed any of the super hot peppers.i plan on growing some ghost pepper and reapers this year.i like really hot peppers.i get some cheese thats made with the reapers peppers its very good.i have always growed jalapeno,cayenne, and hot banana pepper/Hungarian hot wax.I do pretty good growing peppers.last year my peppers were breaking over being overloaded.my banana peppers last year were hotter than usual had very good flavor.i had pepper plants look like they were goin die then jst take off and do jst as good as the rest of them.
I will be very interested in seeing photo's of your super-hot pepper plants. Please post em for the forum. I am not an expert at growing this category of peppers. Still learning. I will be continuing to post foto's of this years grow. And, if conditions allow it I will be glad to share seed. I actually have some Purple Thunder super hot peppers ripening now. Not many, about 3 or 4. I can't wait to taste them. Purple Thunder is a new crossed variety that I got from Paul over at The Hot Pepper forum. I will make sure and let everyone know how that variety tastes. Oh, whatever peppers you are growing, feel free to start a thread here and post photo's of your garden. Make friends. Have fun. Welcome to the forum. It is my hope that we can generate more interest in super-hot peppers here on this seed savers forum. Maybe start sharing more seed which will make growing super hot peppers much more fun. There is a lot of variety available. However, the seed can be very expensive too.
Carolina reaper-Thank goodness I have a few of these Reapers growing outside. They can take the heat although if I had planted them in a cooler time of the year these plants would be twice as big!!! They look good though. They are blooming now in response to the stress of the dry season. I think they will get over it. Today we have over-cast sky's!!! The first in many months. April is the month we start transitioning into the rainy season. We will have over-cast sky's intermittently in April. In May, over-cast sky's will be an every day thing. Mixed with rain now and again. I really have confidance that these reapers are strong enough that they will make a complete comeback and turn into nice big plants. Next year I won't have to plant any peppers in the middle of the dry season I hope. They need to be planted in Oct-Nov for best results.
Carolina Reaper-They really should be really big now. Plants are over 2 months old. Reapers will get 5 feet tall easily in a 10 gallon pot and get so bushy you can't see thru the plants. In my dry season they are lucky to still be alive.
Carolina Reaper-This is the red version of the Reaper. It was sick for a long time. You can see the diseased leaf on the lower part of the plant. Plant is making a comeback which is a testament to the durability of the Reaper. I got this one in a small pot-2.35 gallon. It will be a smaller plant but it should still produce pods and seeds for me.
Bhut Jolokia-Ok, I am beginning to understand what is going on with the Bhut Jolokia. Its too hot for them. They are racing thru their cycles. The top of the plants are no longer developing and forming leaves to their potential. I have about 5 Bhut's that I planted On or about Feb 1 which is in the middle of my dry season. Plants are mostly just sulking and not developing. This particular plant has decided to begin blooming. In other words, the plant senses that conditions are just hopeless for a bright future and it has decided to go ahead and try and to produce a couple of pods. All energy has reverted to pod production even though the plant is small and weak. The plant has just been stressed too much. Whether this plant makes a come back or not is up in the air. It might. However, this plant will never reach its true potential. There are other Bhut's that are suffering similarly.
Bhut Jolokia-none of my bhuts are doing that well in the heat and humidity. This is another Bhut that just can't take my dry season heat.
Dragons Breath-I will be very surprised if this fella makes it. I had to move it into permanent shade. It cannot take the heat. Its in a nice large pot. I am very curious about this new variety. It was bred in the UK which as you know has very different climate. Maybe when I reach the rainy season it will be happier?
Three Hon gochu plants in the 10 inch wide pots. Hon Gochu is a type of pepper that is grown pretty much exclusively in Asia. S Korea in particular. The peppers can vary in appearance but are usually long and a little fat. They dry them and grind them up to use in Kimchee. They are mild in flavor. Not sweet. Mildly spicey. The pepper to the left is tobasco. Tobasco's do so well that I sort of take them for granted. Tobasco is a Frutescen. Tobasco's love the climate here in Panama. They go and go. Never give me any problems at all.
Two other Hon Gochu plants. They have started setting fruits. Hon Gochu is an Anuum. Anuum's do not as a rule do very well in Panama. These young plants are covered over in blooms now.