Chocolate Habs ripening -- Thanks Ottawapepper!

johnpo(6)May 24, 2014

The many weeks of waiting for my little pods to start changing from green to brown is over! They say good things come to those who wait, and I can't think of a better example of this being true than habaneros!

A special thanks to Ottawapepper for donating the seeds to me (in 2009!!). After a long hiatus from growing stuff, I planted one chocolate hab seed this year. It sprouted and took off -- a100% germination rate! :)

Needless to say it's very exciting to watch the pods changing. My mouth is already watering.

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jutsFL(9b (Orlando))

Looks good... These are in next years plan for me.

Jay

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 4:44PM
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stoneys_fatali(9b Duarte,Ca.)

Nice healthy looking plant!

Well done :-)

Stoney

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 5:38PM
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ottawapepper

LOL johnpo,

You threw me with the title of your post... I was scratching my head thinking when was the last time I shared Chocolate Hab seeds??? 2009 eh, I didn't keep good records back then.

Nice to hear you had 100% germination starting one seed ;-)

The plant / pod look great. Let us know how it tastes.

Bill

ps. Thanks for the shout out, much appreciated.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 7:35PM
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densiemill

I have one coming up too and I am so excited.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 9:29PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

O, Man. Everybody seems to be growing Choc Hab but me .:-)
Maybe next year I will grow one. But let us know how does it taste (other than just heat)

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 9:55PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

I have some Jamacian chocolates gowing but no flowers yet. I like the taste.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 10:49PM
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scott123456(5)

Very nice pod/plant! I have two that turned today very excited as well.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 2:03AM
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johnpo(6)

I ate the first dozen pods to come off the plant... They were absolutely stunning. So much flavor compared to the store-bought orangies that are everywhere. Bright and crisp flavor, and the peppers have much thicker walls.

Here's a link to a time-lapse movie of one of the pods ripening. The middle 40 seconds is the part where the pod is full size but stays green seemingly for ever (it took about 3 weeks, maybe even closer to 4 for that 40 seconds to elapse).

Here is a link that might be useful: Pod ripening - time lapse

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 8:15PM
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bberkmor(6a)

cool time lapse johnpo!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 11:32AM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

That is a cool video! Totally answers the question about color transitions of the ripening chocolate varieties (well, habs anyway).

How much sun was the pod getting?

Dennis

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 1:36PM
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johnpo(6)

As for sunlight, the plant has been getting... (glurnk! Should I admit this??)... purely fluorescent lighting from an Aerogarden! I can't recommend the Aerogarden after all the trouble I've had with it, but I have to admit I'm very surprised at how well the pepper plant has done. All the other plants in it are dead, but the pepper plant has extended as much over the top of the light hood as there is space between the hood and the base, which is considerable.

As with all the peppers I've grown indoors, I have to hand-pollinate to get any pods, and the success rate is tear-jerkingly low, but indoor growing is my only option.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 6:55PM
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woohooman

Nice pics Johnpo. Cool video too.

Kevin

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 7:39PM
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salevene

Awesome time lapse!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 11:17PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Amazing plant for an all-fluorescent setup!

It seems to have to side effect of letting you do good time-lapse, since the light isn't variable.

How did that pod taste? (yumm!)

Dennis

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 12:31PM
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