söndag 30 maj 2010

Mature B. Jolokia Pod and some other unmature pods.

Above are pictures of a B. Jolokia Pod in its mature version.

Let us define what a mature pod is. Well, a mature pod is when the plant changes the color of the pod from green ( normally) to an arbitrary color. It is a "go ahead signal" to whatever species that is supposed to spread the seeds to make itself helpful. The plant is ready now and the pod can be considered Mature . But, as a chile pepper grower, we can certainly argue about different levels of maturity of the Pod. In nature, the plant decides that by giving a visual signal. I have about 12 pods on this B. Jolokia in a 3,5 litre container.

Unmature Naga Morich ( Capsicum Chinense) Pod

The whole plant got one Pod. But it is actually bigger then the B. Jolokia Pods. Probably because it can just put a lot of energy into this sole pod. I need maybe only 3-4 more pods from this plant. Then I am satisfied. This one was transplantated out in a 3,5 litre container. Funny thing is that the Naga Morich flowers ( at least mine under my conditions) drops more pollen then the B. Jolokia flowers. A speculative theory is that my "Naga" plant has like max 10-15 flowers going on. And energy can be give to these to produce pollen for all flowers. Whilst my B. Jolokia had ridicolously high amount of flowers. And some of them wont get enough energy for pollen production. ( amount of flowers has decreased rapidly thanks to thrips and more pods on the plant).

Unmature Piquin ( Capsicum Annuum) Pod ( very small about 3 mm)

Here you can see a small Pequin pod. Very prolific plant. Easy to pollinate. Makes the B. Jolokia pollination look like a pathetic procedure. Here you just swoosh your pollination pencil and it goes "ok" and you have a fruit 5-10 days later.

Here is how it looks like about 5 days after pollination. The flower bud does not fall off from the plant. But the flower petals shrink and you know you have a fruit going on. On the Pequin I have approximately around 15 fruits going on. Much thanks to pollinating it around a week ago.

Here is a look at the Pequin Flower.

A look at the weird shape of my Pequin plant. My neighbour asked me " why the hell do most of your plants have that 4-shaped branch thing appearance???" I answered " Even Satan himself can not explain that..........even Satan himself..."

Unmature Red Caribbean( Capsicum Chinense) Pod

This small plant, in form of the Red Caribbean, is also driven by the unstoppable forces of evolution. I did not expect that it would produce fruits. But one is going on!

Official Pod date = 29th May 2010.

Thanks to a small dose of a male vitamine pill called in swedish "Apotekets man" it has produced a lot of flowers for it small size.

Bishops Hat ( Capsicum Baccatum) unmature pods.

A look on the weirdly shaped pods of the Bishop Hat. There is like 8-20 names on the variety of Bishop Hat. It can be interpretated as a trace of what the chaotic human mind without unorganized thinking can achieve. Or, an agressive form of campaign from seed companies to sell off their seeds. In either case, I will stick to what I learned it by at first. Bishops Hat.

Long Slim Cayenne ( Capsicum Annuum) Pod going on

Here is a pic of Long slim Cayenne unmature pod going on. Extremely easy to pollinate. Drops as much pollen as Bishops Hat. 5 unmature pods on this plant. Official pod date = 30th May 2010.

Chocolate Scotch Bonnet ( Capsicum Chinense) = 0 pod

Unfortunately this huge Plant has not decided of its whereabout. The thrips might got something to do with it. The situation needs radical solutions. The solutions of a mad man is required here. I put in 5 earthworms here. Added some "apotekets man" vitamine pil.l About half a pill in a glass of water + a little oil and frantical stirring.

Plant is 1 meter in width but has shortened ( due to the weight of the branches) to 72 cm. No more fertilizer at all for this one.

Pimenta De Neyde ( Capsicum Chinense x Capsicum Annuum)

The beautiful Piementa De Neyde. That was supposed to be the flagship in my crossing matrix has tormented my soul and tortured my heart. No pod on this one so far.

But vigorous work is being done by the sun and my pollination pencil. Hopefully the plant will be more cooperative as the season goes into its hottest phase.

3 kommentarer:

Naga-Alex sa...

Wow, your plants look amazing - how do you grow them? Do you use lights and that kind of thing? I'm in England and really struggle to get my plants looking as nice :(

Michael Salemsson sa...

Hi there Naga-A !

Well I do not know wether my plants are super nice or so. But when it comes to chile pepper plants one formula is valid. Sun+water+Carbon dioxide+ mikro/makro nutrients = nice plants.
Sun = most important factor. Capsicum family are a hot loving organism.
Water = no commments there. But overwatering is nono.
Carbon dioxide = most of the mass of the plant comes from carbon dioxide and water.
Mikro/makro nutrient = keep it simple. Do NOT overnitrogene the plants. Since that is easy. I will write about it later. Take a look at my chocolate scotch Bonnet. Looks beautiful.....but no pods. Too much nitrogene. Same is probably with the Piementa De Neyde. Flowers will just fall down. Kalium/phosphor is pretty needy when the plants goes into fruiting buisness. But I actually calculated how much Kalium that was needed for a certain amount of fruit mass and realized that the amount needed is not that much. So use a simple tomatoe fertilizer with not too much Nitrogene.

Michael Salemsson sa...

I forgot to inform about light. I have really sucky light conditions. A simple 2*36 W full light spectrum with 6500K as a temperature scale. Those days I am home I can take out the plants. But they dont get that much light that is needed unfortunately. I visited some friends that I sold off some plants to. They have excellent light from 11:00-22:00 full sunshine. Their plant had outgrown mine in 2-3 weeks. So sun or light is very important for production and pods. Keep asking if you think I have missed anything. Or you need any more specific help.