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Seeds for 2005

See Grower's Log 2005 for all pre-harvest data.

Anaheim TMR23 (capsicum annuum)
New Mexican pod type. Improved resistance to tobacco mosaic virus. Pod length about 8 inches. 75 days to maturity. Heat scale 1-2.
Seed Source: Leftover seeds from 2004 season.
Author's Notes (from 2004): Average 122 days from seed to ripe fruit.

Bermuda (capsicum annuum)
Mild; 2.5 to 3 inches long by 1 to 1.5 inches wide; matures from pale green to red; thick and fleshy fruits on short bushy plants; from Bermuda; Uses: Prolific; Short Season; C.annuum.
Seed Source: Pepper Joe, free seeds from the 2004 season.
Author's Notes (from 2004): Great plants! Average 98 days from seed to ripe fruit. Plants have a bushy habit, and produce numerous erect pods. Fruit are shaped like a very short (2 - 3" long) New Mexican pod, and mature from light green to red. Pods are very fleshy and have an excellent flavor, with heat about equal to a jalapeno. These are great general-purpose cooking peppers.

Big Bertha Hybrid (capsicum annuum)
Hybrid bell pepper variety. Improved resistance to tobacco mosaic virus. Produces "huge thick walled fruits, 6 to 7 inches long and 4 inches across." "Bears heavily". 72 days to maturity from transplants.
Seed Source: Tough Love Chile Company, $1.50/10.
Author's Notes (from 2004): 108 days from seed to mature fruit.

Chicken Heart (capsicum annuum)
An Amish heirloom variety. AKA Hinkle Hatz. Fruit are pendant, about 1 3/4" long by 3/4" wide, mature from green to yellow and have a "burning, fruity flavor." Pod shape is "said to resemble a chicken's heart."
Seed Source: Pepper Joe, $2.99/10.

Fish Pepper (capsicum annuum)
Both leaves and immature fruit are variegated. Pods, which are very pungent, are 1 to 2" long and mature to orange-red. "[U]sed to season fish and shellfish in the African-American communities around Baltimore and Philadelphia back in the 1930's and 1940's."
Seed Source: contributed seeds.

Golden Calwonder (capsicum annuum)
"Large, blocky fruits measuring 4 inches square. Smooth, green fruits maturing to a deep golden-yellow. 72 days."
Seed Source: Tough Love Chile Company, $1.50/20.

Golden Habanero (capsicum chinense)
Large plants. Pods mature to a deep gold color and are "so incredibly hot that just one pepper will make a meal too hot." Heat scale 10.
Seed Source: Pepper Joe, $3.99/10.
Author's Notes (from 2004): Like most C. chinense peppers I've grown, these were slower to set fruit (88 d) and produce ripe fruit (120 d) than most of the other varieties, but they were quicker than the Scotch Bonnets (2000, 2001) and Fataliis (2001) that I've grown (typically 110 days to set fruit and 150 days to produce ripe fruit). The plants themselves were quite attractive, having thick, green, regularly-branched stems that supported a canopy of extra-large wrinkled leaves. The peppers were typical of the Habanero, maturing to a nice yellowish orange, and were *extremely* pungent, even for a habanero. You've been warned!

Hot Lemon Pepper 
Peppers have a spicy lemon scent. Medium-sized, bushy plant. Heat level 9.
Seed Source: Leftover seeds from 2004 season.
Author's Notes (from 2001 and 2004): These plants are *incredible* ! Fruit: pendant, elongated pods with pointed ends; thicker and shorter than a Cayenne, typically 2" to 2.5" long. Pod walls are of medium thickness; fleshier than a typical Cayenne. Ripen to yellow. Prolific. Slow to produce ripe fruit (150 days in 2001, 155 days in 2004), it is best to start these a month or so earlier than most C. annuum varieties. Produced until late in the season. Habit: Unbelievably bushy habit; almost more like blackberry or blueberry canes than normal pepper plants. These plants take up at least twice as much room as an average pepper plant in the garden. General: These plants are very tough and first-season cold-hardiness is unequalled by any other pepper plants I've ever grown. The peppers themselves survive extended freezer storage better than most varieties that I have frozen; I have kept them in the freezer for over 2 years, and other than a bit of color loss they looked exactly like they did the day I froze them.

Marbles 
Compact plants that produce numerous marble-shaped pods that mature from "cream to white to yellow to purple to orange and then red." Plants grow to 12 to 18" tall and are "perfect for container gardening."
Seed Source: Pepper Joe, $3.99/15.

Mirasol (capsicum annuum)
4" long, cayenne-shaped pods mature from green to a translucent dark red color and have a fruity flavor. Fruit are generally erect, thus the name mirasol (Spanish for 'looking at the sun'). 80 to 90 days to maturity from transplants. Typically produce about 50 peppers per plant. 2500 to 5000 SHU. Medium pungency.
Seed Source: Leftover seeds from 2004 season.
Author's Notes (from 2004): Average 118 days from seed to ripe fruit. Fairly short (18" tall in a 12" diameter pot) plant with a compact habit. Fruit set in clusters of up to seven at the ends of branches, are erect and typically 1 1/2 - 2" long and taper to a point, ripening from green to red. Fruit wall thickness is comparable to a typical Cayenne. Good flavor, not that hot.

Prairie Fire PVP 
Plant Variety Patent. Plants grow to 6" - 9" tall. Peppers mature from white to purple to yellow to red.
Seed Source: Tough Love Chile Company, $1.50/20.
Author's Notes (from 2001): If there is such a thing as a dwarf pepper plant, this is it! Fruit: numerous (average 130 per plant), erect, non-deciduous, shaped like a short, fat Tabasco or a skinny Bolivian Rainbow. Mature from white to purple to yellow to red. Fruit size *very* consistent, typically 0.8 ± 0.1". Harvest timing typical; ripe fruit from late June to late October with 50% harvest in early August. Brutally hot. Habit: Ultra-compact; *very* small plant. General: *The most consistent* Capsicum plants I've ever grown: all seeds sprouted within a day of each other, the three plants showed first flowers within 2 days of each other and showed first ripe fruit the same day. Fruit size showed little variation from harvest to harvest and from plant to plant, and the harvest timing of the two plants I kept were almost identical, as can be seen from the uncanny congruence of the harvest curves on the Harvest page. This variety did well in partial sun as a container plant and showed typical toughness and cold-hardiness for a pepper plant.

Tepin (capsicum annuum)
A generic type of wild or domesticated pepper of the Piquin group. Pods of the Piquin group range from erect and spherical to pendant and elongate (up to 2 inches long), maturing from green or black to red. 50,000 to 100,000 SHU. The chiltepin, a wild type of Piquin, is generally considered to be the closest surviving relative to the capsicum annuums that originally populated South America prior to the presence of mankind in the Americas. Piquins are noted as taking longer to germinate than most other types of peppers, and as being well-suited to being grown in containers as perennials.
Seed Source: seeds saved from 2004 season
Author's Comments (from 2000): Fruit: very numerous, erect, spherical, deciduous. Fruit occur only at nodes and branching points, generally one fruit per node but occasionally two. Mature from green to red. Very hot; heat is a cloying, overpowering, long-lived sensation that covers the entire mouth. Typically about a third of an inch in diameter. Leaves: small, medium to dark green, egg-shaped with concavely tapered point, toothless. Average first year leaf 1 1/2" long by 1" wide. Habit: By far the most unusual, tree-like habit of any pepper plant I've ever grown. These plants grew to about 2/3 of their final height before branching at all; this is about two to four times the height to which a 'typical' Capsicum annuum will grow before branching under my indoor lighting conditions, which promote bush-like, compact growth (fluorescent lights 1-2" above plants). On each plant, once the main stem branched, subsequent branching at the top of the plant was incredibly regular and symmetrical, producing a fractalian canopy of growth at the top of the plant. Eventually secondary growth did begin to branch off of lower portions of the main stems; these secondary growths invariably consisted of a single branch that again grew out a considerable distance before it began to branch in the regular and symmetrical manner characteristic of these plants. Plants grew to about 3' in an 8" standard clay pot (first season). General: This variety did well in partial sun as a container plant. Hardiness was typical of a pepper plant, but toughness was exteremly poor; these plants were by far the most delicate, fragile Capsicum plants that I have ever grown– just bumping in to one of these plants will break some of the smaller branches, so harvesting required great care. These plants were the first to require support, because of their tree-like habit.

Thai (capsicum annuum)
Seed Source: contributed seeds
Author's Notes (from 2004): 109 days from seed to mature fruit. Generic Thai pepper plants that produced in a typically prolific manner. Pods were erect, 1 to 1 1/2" long, and matured from green to red. Very hot. These make excellent chile paste, and can be eaten a bit at a time with food to spice up an insufficiently-spiced meal.

Yellow Jellybean 
Prolific, producing hundreds of peppers per plant. Pods are marble-sized and dry well. Plants are "easy to grow and [germinate] very well". Heat level 10.
Seed Source: Leftover seeds from 2004 season.
Author's Notes (from 2004): Great peppers! Very similar to Brazilian bird pepper (C. chinense), aka yellow bird's eye (Ref. 12, p.62). Average 102 days from seed to ripe peppers, which is significantly quicker than most C. chinense varieties I have grown. Prolific. This plant has frequent, regular branching, producing a bushy, precise-looking habit (18" tall and 24" in diameter in a 10" diameter pot). Terminal branches zig-zag, with fruit setting singly at the joints. Fruit are erect, deciduous ovate pods about 3/8" long that mature from green to yellow. Fruit are extremely hot (somewhat below a habanero) and have the characteristic chinense flavor. Pods dry quickly and easily. This plant exhibited typical toughness and cold-hardiness for a Capsicum and did very well in partial sun as a container plant.



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