The season is well on the way with all of my plants now putting out foliage, flowers and/or pods. In a new music-video I’ve featured three of my current chinense varieties: Yaki Blue, Rocotillo and Trinidad Douglah.
Video featuring three of my chinense plants and a funky electro-swing tune.
The weather here in Berlin has been pretty sweet all throughout June. During the past week in particular, we’ve been having massive amounts of sun with temperatures around and above 30 degrees Celsius. And while the plants might sometimes look a bit flabby and pitiful while out in the full sunshine, their notable recent boost in both growth and production goes to show they do enjoy these kinds of conditions.
Chinense varieties traditionally are a bit slower in their development than, say, annuums. Since they also do prefer really hot weather, they have only recently started to pick up properly. Three of them that are doing particularly fine are Yaki Blue, Rocotillo and Trinidad Douglah.
Yaki Blue [Fawn] is a hybrid (of unknown parents) from the US. The plant has a pretty unusual look to it. The leaves are pointed with rather sharp edges and a dark green, slighty purplish hue. It’s only now starting to produce flowers. The pods (once they pop up) are supposed to have some massive heat, an amazing colour-cycle that ends up in a light reddish-brown (fawn) and a super-gnarly overall appearance. The seeds for this plant came from Raphael Alber of the very recommendable chili-pepper.ch who in turn got them by trade from a US grower. A pretty novel and slightly mysterious variety that I’m quite curious and excited about.
The Rocotillo is distinctly different from the Yaki Blue in a number of ways. It’s a lot quicker in its development, showing a beautiful compact and bushy growing habit. Mine is currently loaded with flowers and has already produced its first little pod. Unlike most chinense varieties, the Rocotillo pods have very little to no heat at all and a very sweet and pleasant flavour instead. The pods eventually end up with a vibrant fiery red colour and a “baggy” shape similar to the one of Scotch Bonnets, even though the pods will be rather small with a diameter of only about 2 to 3 centimeters (roughly one inch).
The third of the plants featured in the video is the Trinidad Douglah. It’s a brown 7Pot variety, its name obviously relating to its colour, since “Douglah” is a colloquial West Indies term for people of African and Indian decent. There are quite a number of brown or chocolate 7Pot varieties out there but the Trinidad Douglah is thought by many to be the hottest of them, maybe even one of the hottest peppers in general. I’m certainly looking forward to see if it will come out as evil as expected. Seeds for the Trinidad Douglah as well as the Rocotillo have been supplied by semillas.de.