Well chile peeps, its time to get a count of the plants. All have sprouted that will sprout, so we’ll grow what we got. My 2nd batch of seeds wasn’t as bountiful as the first. I let the jiffy pods get a little drier than I should have, but I still have at least one of all varieties I planted, so I’m ok with it.
Here is the official census of April 2015:
Kung Pao: 4
Chocolate Fatalii: 4
Purple Jalapeno: 4
Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (overwintered): 2
Naga Morich (overwintered): 2
7 pot Jonah: 2
Trinidad Doughlah: 2
Golden Cayenne: 2
Jalapeno (overwintered): 1
Thai Bird: 1
Hungarian Wax: 1
Peruvian Aji: 1
Scotch Bonnet: 1
That’s 29 total plants! I should have my hands full this season to say the least.
The older overwintered plants are doing fine as well, they continue to grow, but the ones that I didn’t prune back have a lingering spider mite infestation. It doesn’t seem to be seriously affecting the plant growth, but I’m trying to get rid of them either way. I’ve sprayed them down a few times with a mixture of Dr Bronner’s peppermint soap and water. The mites hate the soap, or so I’ve heard. They also hate moist environments, and we just had a whole week of rain, so here’s hoping they don’t stick around. Below you can see a hint of webbing:
Here’s a shot of the first round of new plants:
And here I put the finest examples of each variety up front, from left to right they are: Thai Bird, Hungarian Wax, Kung Pao, Chocolate Fatalii, 7 Pot Jonah, and Trinidad Doughlah
I’ve got the 3 new Purple Jalapenos, and a baby Scotch Bonnet for your viewing pleasure as well:
I’ll probably need to start pruning/topping the largest new plants soon, and then start potting them up into their permanent containers. And then deciding which ones I need to put up for adoption, 29 plants is alot of mouths to feed!