Just for fun…
….what’s your favorite hot pepper to grow?
I think my biggest pride so far is my little Orange Habanero. It’s only 20 days old, but I have worked so hard in those 20 days (it’s a bit picky and slow to start)
Any that will grow… I’ve got some random chillies and peppers that have exploded into life. However the Scotch Bonnet plant I’ve got just seems to flower and die :o(
Oh no! I wonder why your Scotch Bonnet does that…I’ll have to watch out for that, I think that a Scotch Bonnet and Habanero are either closely related or the same genus or species…..
Maybe it’s a phosphorus deficiency? I know that my Jalapeno plant does that when I haven’t been keeping up with it’s blooming nutrients.
It’s been on a kitchen windowsill since I got it from a grower at a Chillie festival. Been watered every day (mostly filling the bowl it’s in but some into the soil). Thrown a bit of plant food in there every once in a while. Same as the other plants on the widow sill. Got some good ‘normals’ but the Scotches… :o(
I like this topic! I’m just “getting into” chillies. I adore spicy, so the hotter the better. I made my first batch of Sambal with some cayennes I grew this year. I also grew Early Jalapeno. As we had the hottest, driest summer in recorded history, both did very well.
Next year I want to try habanero, pepperoncini and one I found called pasilla bajio. The last 2 are not especially “hot” hot peppers, but I want to grow the pepperoncini for pickling and the pasilla bajio is supposed to have a smoky flavour so I am hoping with that, I can make my own version of a chipotle sauce.
As a side bar note, I grew some of these peppers directly in the garden and some 3 to a big pot.
The cayenne and early jalapeno that were potted outproduced the plants in the garden by a long shot. I don’t have exact numbers, and I did move before I could harvest all of what was planted directly in the garden (and of course I brought my potted chillies with me!) BUT I had already harvested from the potted plants a few times before I got my first harvest from the garden plants.
I believe there was a thread here somewhere that mentioned that pepper plants will produce better if they are touching. The ones in the garden were touching, so I will take that theory one step further and say that they like the close quarters of a pot even better.
I know this is off topic, (sorry TrueIconoclast, I will start a new topic if you wish!) but do any of you more experienced chilli growers have any thoughts on this?
No need to start another topic! :D
I personally have never grown chiles on terra firma, I have an apartment so my garden is strictly a container garden. And I have to say that in my experience, peppers are more than happy to grow in a container. My jalapeno bush is contained within a 1 gallon milk carton and has 12+ jalapenos currently growing, and more flowers continually growing.
All your favorite chiles sound like all of my favorites too!
I’ve a soft spot for the Bishop’s Crown.
They are prolific and survive over winter here without any fuss. That’s two big ticks in my book.
They are a hot pepper but the flesh is sweet if you seperate the seeds and placenta from it.
I have to say that Orange Habs have been my big surprise and success this year (and have almost made up for the Fatalii doing bugger all!) They’re prolific, sweet, fruity, juicy and hot… Hot Sauce here I come!
Another gorgeous one is Hot Lemon/Lemon Drop/Aji Limon (so disappointed to realise that they were all the same thing)… OK, so they’re generally rather untidy, and need an awful lot of staking, but they’re prolific, a beautiful acid yellow, and the citrus burst associated with Chilli heat is rather astonishing! I used to think they were only good with fish, but this year they’ve made their way onto/into sausages, couscous, lamb chops and all sorts of other things (including a fabulous Mango Salsa)
I have to agree with misskitten about the Aji Hot Lemon /Limon/Limo etc. That is our favorite one to grow, and we make salsa out of it every year. The other new favorite is the Fatalii’s that I grew for the first time this year. It is such a strikingly neon orange color, and has such a good flavor.. and excellent heat, that I’ll probably be growing it next year too.
I enjoy the flavor of C. baccatums in general, so will be trying some other new ones next year.
With multiple recommendations for the Aji Hot Lemon drop, I’ll definitely have to order some seeds
I’m ecstatic to say that my Bhut Jolokia seeds just arrived in the mail, it might just turn into my favorite pepper just for novelty reasons.