Well, germination has been underwhelming thus far this year. Luckily I’ve got some live plants coming from Cross Country Nurseries that will fill that gap.
I did receive an envelope in the mail marked “photos” today from The Chilli Pepper Company in the UK though… and it contained 4 more varieties of seeds!! So, I’m going to see if I can get them started. They’re in the starting medium and getting some bottom-heat already! Fingers are crossed, because these are some pretty great varieties! Here’s what I got (10 seeds of each):
Naga Morich – Direct from Nagaland… supposedly part of the “original” strain
Ring of Fire – A freebie they sent along
Trinidad Scorpion – A serious contender for “World’s Hottest Pepper” depending on how it’s grown and who is doing the testing!
Well it’s 1 1/2 weeks since sowing my seeds and there are only a couple that are showing signs of an emerging radicle. So what do you do in the mean time while you wait for the season to arrive? If you’re like me, you like to read as much as you can about peppers!!
Here’s a list of some of the books in my pepper-patch library:
What about links? What are some of your favorite pepper-related websites? I visit sites like Cross Country Nurseries year-round just to reference the wonderful database of images and information that they’ve compiled over the years. What other hidden-gem websites are out there? Let me know in the comments section below!
Well, it’s a couple weeks later than I usually start (Valentine’s Day has always been my tradition), but today I started some seeds for the 2011 pepper patch!
There’s a bit of a story here about some of the seeds… you see, I put a bunch of bhut jolokia and aji chombo pods in a shopping bag to deliver to some people at work and forgot about them… all last fall and all winter. I found them today, moldy and mushy in the bag in the garage. They STUNK! But I figured it would be a worth-while experiment to try and see if I could actually get the seeds from a few of these putrid-pungent-pods to germinate.
I selected two bhut jolokia pods and two chombos and harvested some seeds from them. After cleaning them off a little bit, they looked none-the-worse-for-wear. So who knows? Maybe they’ll be just fine.
I also started seeds that had been saved from last year in a more traditional way, including several Indian and Pakistani varieties.
I’ll update this blog as things progress! Have you started your seeds yet?