Wednesday, 29 July 2009

A chile pepper update

Hello and welcome to my blog!

It's been a different chile pepper year this year. Mostly because the house exterior was painted, with new balconies and all those things, resulting in us living in a lightless apartment without possibilities to open any windows, or anything.

Because of the limited space, I limited myself to a few varieties this year. Mostly a greates hits collection.

So here are the varieties that I grow this year:

  • Dedo de moca (Capsicum baccatum)

  • Capsicum galapagoense

  • Long chocolate habanero (Capsicum chinense)

  • Tabasco (Capsicum frutescens)

  • CGN 22876 / PI606708 tovarii

  • CAP 1153 / 96 (Capsicum chacoense)

  • Chilipiquin - Manor (Capsicum annuum)

  • Bode amarela (Capsicum chinense)

  • Cheiro amarela

  • Cheiro laranja

  • Bhut Jolokia (Capsicum chinense)

  • Rocopica (Capsicum pubescens / ulupica cross)

  • Capsicum lanceolatum

Anyway, we could move the plants outdoors in late June, so they have been there for a little more than a month now, and it looks pretty good despite the late start.

Not to mention the strong winds we've had. Many plants have leaves that look like this...

I want to share some pictures of this year's surprise. It's my rocopica from last year that I have kept over the winter.

The rocopica is a very interesting variety. It's a cross cross between a rocoto and ulupica. It looks like an ulupica, but has some characteristics of the rocoto (Capsicum pubescens). Like the rocoto, it has black seeds.

For more pictures of rocopica, click here.

Another overwintered variety is my Bhut Jolokia, which almost died during the house renovation. It has a late start, but if we get a warm autumn, there is hope to get some pods. The ones we harvested last year was definitely the hottest chiles I've ever tasted.

Promising flower buds, but we need some more sunshine here in Stockholm for them to develop.

Also, pictures from my previous chile pepper years can be found here at

Well, if we just get weaker winds here in Stockholm, I may get back with more pictures soon.

Take care,