torsdag 6 maj 2010

Regarding flower dropping on B. Jolokia

Apparently B. Jolokia has a special origin in terms of genes. It is a chinensecultivar but has also a bit of C. Frutescens. That automatically lead to thatthis cultivated hybrid can have have some problems because of its crossing.

So one should expect a bit of pollen abortion and flower dropping because of that. Good, I thought I sucked in pollinating my flowers. I have 4 fruits on it now. But plant lost some energy by dropping around 100-150 flowers?

Source P. Bosland

6 kommentarer:

Patrik sa...

Japp, men när man läser Mr. Bosland så får man känslan av att sorten skulle vara svårare än övriga och även sen. För mig var den av av de chinense som först satte frukt i år. Min erfarenhet är att de flesta chinense är svåra att få frukt på tidigt. Förra året gav den rikligt med skörd som mognade långt tidigare än vissa andra chinense. Men att tappa hundrafemtio blommor låter tungt.

Michael Salemsson sa...

Yeah, Paul Bosland has written a lot of articles regarding Bhut Jolokia. Now I am going to be a bit annoying. I apologize infront. But in the complete chile pepper book he does not mention that Bhut Jolokia is late when it comes to fruitsetting. Because it was also my first plant that set fruit. If he has mentioned it in any documentation then he has missed to mention that part in that book. The only thing he mentions about the Variety B. Jolokia is that due to its Frutescens genes. " This origin as an interspecific hybrid causes pollen abortion and reducses the number of flowers that get pollinated, so flower drop is very common." P. Bosland has written a lot of stuff. But if he thinks this varieties characteristic is that it sets fruit late, then it is his opinion. It seems that both you and me have this chinense as an early fruitsetting plant ( in terms of chinense). But it also shows the perspective and the complexity of chile pepper growing in general. That the plants are living things. They do not always follow rules. Good input Patrik. Please be kind to mention the source where he mentions that B. Jolokia is a late fruitsetting C. Chinense variety. Thanks up in front!

Patrik sa...

"a very long growing period, up to 160 days before harvest"

160 days är mellan 40-60 dagar längre än de flesta chinense. Det handlar nog om ett sätt att friskriva sig om folk som köper fröna inte får någon skörd.

Michael Salemsson sa...

Regarding time to harvest. I checked when I put the seeds into the soil and how long it has been regarding the B. Jolokia. 24 November was starting point. Not sure how long it took for it to sprout. But I think I am at 157 days minus the days it took to sprout. I wont be able to harvest until in like 30 days from now or so. Basically what it does tell is that growing chile peppers during winter conditions is not optimal in Sweden. Unless one have real strong lights. ( I have 2*36 W) and a plenty of sun light ( which I dont). It is acceptable, but it takes a bit longer. Nothing we did not expected though.

Anonym sa...

Maybe gibberellic acid can help to fruitset B. Jolokia better?

"Increased fruit set. When there is difficulty with fruit set because of incomplete pollination, GA may be effectively used to increase fruit set. The resulting fruit maybe partially or entirely seedless. GA has increased the total yield in greenhouse tomato crops both as a result of increased fruit set and more rapid growth of the fruit."


Michael Salemsson sa...

I am not sure what giberrilic acid is. But I want to go the old fashion way and not using much fertilizers.