Author Archives: Brian

First Reaper has Sprouted!

After only 8 days the first Carolina Reaper has sprouted!  Coincidentally, it was actually the very first seed I sewed, and the one shown in the close up image (sitting in the jiffy pod) in the previous post.  Check it out!



Hopefully more will follow in the coming days!

Back in a BIG way

Howdy heat lovers, we’re back in a big(ly) way.  I got a late start on the season, but I decided to only grow one new variety this year:  the Carolina Reaper.   That’s right, the hottest stable pepper variety in the world.  I also dug out some seeds I bought a couple years ago: the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T.  They have been in the shed for a couple years, but stored in ziplocs, so hopefully they are still good.  I sewed the seeds on 4/25/2017, and as of this writing (5/1/2017) there are no sprouts, but I will make a post as soon as something pops up.

Below are some shots of the seed starting process.  I’m using both the jiffy pod, and paper towel in ziploc method.  We will see who wins the race.







And now, the annual state of the farm visual address:

Up first is an old plant, started in 2013 (I think).  Notice the big exposed roots, this is turning into a bonsai style plant


Here we have a ripe Scotch Bonnet


These next three are from the same plant, I believe a 7 pot Jonah or Trinidad Doughlah, either way, very hot and a very hardy plant




Below are a couple shots of the Thai Bird Pepper plant, these little peppers grow straight up towards the sky.  In the second image, you can see one pepper has “speared” the flower it grew from and is wearing it like a crown.



I have a couple nice Pablanos coming in, although I really need to re-pot this plant into a larger container for it to produce well


This Serrano plant was actually started from a cutting (as opposed to a seed) a friend gave me, it is very bountiful



That’s all for now, but strap in, because we are in for a wild ride with the Carolina Reapers!

Stay spicy amigos


Graduation Day


Just a little status update.  The young plants have graduated from solo cups, to slightly larger plastic pots.  The older plants are starting to produce pods, but nothing ripe yet.  I have some purple jalapenos, kung paos, and a couple types of super hots producing pods.  I can’t quite remember the varieties of super hots, but I’m pretty sure they are naga moriches and maybe trinidad doughlaghs.  I’m going to have to look back to some old posts once the peppers ripen to identify them.

Photos below with some commentary.  I’ll make another post once things start to ripen!


The 2016 crop in their new larger homes.  I “topped” most of them last week, and you will see the new growth sprouting in the pictures below


Above you can see where I cut the main stalk at the top.  This allows more light to the lower stem, and causes new growth to branch out.  This makes for a bushier plant, that is capable of producing more peppers since it will have more branches


Another plant that was topped.  The new growth comes very fast.


This is a Purple Tiger, very pretty leaves.  This one is branching out quite nicely as well.


Purple Jalapeno


Purple Jalapeno


Kung Pao, these will turn bright red, they also get pretty long, around 8 inches


Mystery super hot, I’m thinking this is a Naga Morich or Naga Viper


Another mystery, I believe it is a Trinidad Doughlah.  Notice the bumpy skin.

That’s all for today folks, keep it ripe and stay spicy!

Spring is here?!

Its early March and the weather is great right now!  I just want to give a quick update, things move fast at this stage.

I have a few plants that are just about ready to put into solo cups and start hardening off.  The most mature are the Brazilian Starfish and Aji Amarillo, but a couple of the Purple Tigers are right behind.  I just had the first Caterpillars sprout in the last few days, but still no signs of the Trinidad Scorpions or Chocolate Fataliis.  I still think they will sprout, but is has been a while, maybe its time to call in a favor from the pepper gods.

Side bar:  I’ll do an update next week on my plants from last year that are still alive, they are pruned back, but just starting to show new growth.

Here is the whole lot of new peppers:


Left to Right:

  • Back Row:  Aji Amarillo x2, Brazillian Startfish x3
  • 2nd from Back: Purple Tiger x5
  • Middle Row: Caterpillar x5
  • 2nd from Front: Aji Norteno x5
  • Front Row: Chocolate Fatalii x2, Trinidad Scorpion x3

Check out the fuzz on this Aji Amarillo!


Purple Tigers, you can see their stripes (and you know they’re mean)


Thanks for reading, but mostly, Stay Spicy



Seedling Update

Hello there pepper fans!

So far 4 out of 6 varieties have sprouted.  I’m still waiting for the Trinidad Scorpion and Caterpillar peppers to sprout, it has only been about 2 weeks, so I’m not worried.

As of writing I have 4 Aji Noreno, 7 Purple Tiger, 2 Aji Amarillo, and 4 Brazilian Starfish.

A few of the peppers sprouted as early as 10 days ago, and are starting to grow the first set of “true leaves”.  The leaves you see initially are known as cotyledons, and then the sets of true leaves start growing.

I’ve got the peppers under lights already, so hopefully they will get a few sets of true leaves over the next couple weeks, and then maybe i can start putting the bigger ones outside.

Here are some pictures.

This is a Purple Tiger only a couple days old, look how purple that stem is!


And a more recent picture, the first leaves are coming in on this Purple Tiger, and they should be very colorful once they mature.


Here are a pair of Brazilian Starfish, the first to sprout, showing their first true leaves



Sometimes the seed casing won’t come off of the leaves when the plant sprouts, usually because the seed wasn’t sewn deep enough into the soil.  You can try and pull it off with tweezers, or just leave it be, as I did.  You can see the true leaves coming in on the left hand side.  This is an Aji Amarillo plant.


That’s all for this post.  Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for some intermittent updates!  Hopefully we’ll see some Scorpions and Caterpillars soon!

Thanks for reading, and stay spicy!


2016 Season!

It’s that time of year again!  I’ve just planted the seeds for the 2016 grow season, and I’ve got some very interesting ones this year.

The list:

  • Trinidad Scorpion Butch T
  • Chocolate Fatalii
  • Aji Amarillo
  • Aji Norteno
  • Brazilian Starfish
  • Caterpillar
  • Purple Tiger

The first two I’ve grown before, but I don’t have any survivors from last year, so I’m starting some new ones.  The rest are new to me.  The focus this year is less on pure heat, and more on interesting shapes and colors.  The grow updates should be more interesting even before the pods start, the Purple Tiger in particular is a very pretty plant.

I ordered my new seeds from The Hippy Seed Co (, which is based in Australia.  They have a great reputation online, and they added a very nice personal touch to the order (see below).  Highly recommended based on the price, shipping, and customer service.  I’m sure the seeds are good quality as well.

I’ve learned a few macro photography tricks lately, so I hope to provide some very up close and personal pictures of the process this year.  I hope you enjoy!

The seeds:


A hand written note is a very nice touch!:


Up close with a Scorpion seed:


Lincoln for scale:


All sewed up:


Got the grid plotted out, let’s see who is first to sprout!


That’s it for today, hopefully we’ll see some sprouts in the next week or so.  I got the heating pad last year and it really speeds thing up.

Stay spicy amigos





Thanks for a great 2015!

Hard to believe the year is over, but that means time for a new growing season!

I have alot of cool pepper varieties on my list for 2016, the seeds are in, I just need to set a date to sow them, so stay tuned and stay spicy!



Scotch Bonnets and Reaper Tails

Hello pepper people, yes, I am still alive (and spicy).

Its been a while, but all is good.  The peppers are doing well, and I’ve been making alot of hot sauces and pepper jelly.  I’ve also found a new trick to help me store peppers:  I keep a mason jar with white vinegar in the fridge, and as I harvest peppers I chop them a few times and throw them in there.  This both preserves the peppers and gives a head start to a new batch of hot sauce.  A simple sauce recipe would be to chop a couple small onions, a few cloves of garlic, add the mason jar full of peppers and vinegar, and then cook them down over medium heat for about 30 minutes.  Then take an immersion blender and puree, after that you can strain the bigger pieces out, put in a mason jar (or and bottle, I use old whiskey bottles) and keep in the fridge. Thats it!

Here are some pictures of my lone Scotch Bonnet plant, it was a late bloomer, but I’m finally getting some ripe pods!

TEST  photo by BRIAN ROBERTS  --  scotch bonnets

Scotch Bonnets

TEST  photo by BRIAN ROBERTS  --  scotch bonnet

TEST  photo by BRIAN ROBERTS  --  scotch bonnet

And here is one of my 7 Pot Jonah plants with an interesting pod, it has a nice stinger!  Some have little tails, but this one is the sharpest and most pronounced.  A prized pepper indeed.

TEST  photo by BRIAN ROBERTS  --  7 pot jonah with stinger

 7 pot jonah with stinger

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

They’re getting a little bit ripe

Howdy heat lovers!

Sorry its been so long, but I find unripe peppers boring.  I figured I’d wait til I had a nice batch of ripe ones to show you.  Now is that time.

I’ve got ripe examples of all varieties, except the Scotch Bonnet, which has not produced a pod yet.  The plant looks good, and is flowering, so hopefully soon.  Good things…

Well lets get on with it.

First up is a bright red 7 Pot Jonah:


Then we have some Golden Cayennes


And how about some lovely Chocolate Fataliis?


Still hungry for more? Fear not, there is a Purple Jalepeno to fill you


And then a bush full of adorable little Thai Bird peppers! Can’t wait to cook with these!


As you can see, all the plants are doing well.  We’ve had some extreme heat lately, a month of every day at 95+  needless to say, I’ve been keeping them well hydrated.

I’ll keep em coming as they ripen up!

Stay spicy amigos

Peppers Popping

Hola Amigos!

The pepper farm is flush with peppers, and more are on the way!  I’ve been getting good harvests from the older plants (Moruga Scorpion and Naga Morich), and I’m seeing the first pods from a couple of the new plants.  I’ve got a few Kung Paos and and a few Hungarian Waxes coming along nicely.  I also moved some plants into bigger containers.  The Purple Jalapenos are looking absolutely majestic, I can’t wait to let them flower once they get a little bigger.  I’ve also been making some small batches of hot sauce, I’ll do a dedicated post on that once I get a good recipe down.  That’s my update for now, check out the photos below!

Stay Spicy!

Here’s my first big harvest of the season, most of the scorpions went into a sriracha style hot sauce


Here is a few shots of the “purplest” Purple Jalapeno, it’s stunning




My lone Scotch Bonnet is looking good as well, here you can see I’m going with the Dollar General reusable shopping bags as my grow bags.  For $1 a piece, I can’t find a better option.


And now, some of the first pods from the new varieties, Kung Pao and Hungarian Wax (respectively)



Thanks for reading!