As usual we are now trying out some of the super hots, 7 pot Madballz, Caramel Moruga and the Infinity, along with our usual favourites, nothing new on the growing equipment as we now stick with what works best.
This Years Varieties
7 Pot Madballz: (Capsicum chinense) This is a cross of the Trinidad Yellow 7 Pot and a Chocolate Bhut Jolokia. It was created by a pepper grower nicknamed Madhatter. Peppers have a nice fruity floral flavour. They get a nice wrinkly texture and ripen to a reddish brown. The 7 Pot Madballz pepper can get almost 7 cm long and the plant over 130 cm tall
Assam Bhut Jolokia: (Capsicum chinense) The Bhut Jolokia also known as big Jolokia, u-morok, ghost pepper, ghost chilli pepper, red Naga chilli, Naga Jolokia, and ghost chilli, is a hybrid chilli pepper cultivated in Bangladesh and Indian states of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. It is an interspecies hybrid of C. chinense and C. frutescens genes. The peppers measure 6-8 cm long and 2-3 cm wide with a red, yellow, orange, or chocolate colour. The unselected strain of Bhut Jolokia from India is an extremely variable plant, with a wide range in fruit sizes and fruit production per plant, however, the red fruit variety has two different fruit types, the rough, dented fruit and the smooth fruit.
Bengle Naga: (Capsicum chinense) Originating as an off-type plant in a greenhouse full of Bhut Jolokia, Bengle Naga has wrinkled fruit that change from light green to red as they mature. The fruit have an elongated wedge shape and measure about 20 x 60 mm. Given this variety’s pedigree, the fruit deliver magnificently on the heat, reaching in excess of 900,000 SHU in 2011. Ranking among the hottest chillis in the world, it packs enough heat to challenge even the most hardcore thrill seekers. The plants can be quite tall and are better grown in the ground or large pots. Approximate heat level: 732,000–923,000 SHU.
Caramel Moruga Scorpion: (Capsicum chinense) This is the very light brown variant of the Chocolate Moruga Scorpion. It is a little less heat than the Chocolate and the Brown Moruga Scorpion, but possibly sweeter. The Caramel Moruga Scorpion plants can grow to a height of 130 cm tall. Possibly not stable yet.
Habanero Fruit Burst: (Capsicum chinense) Lower growing to 60 cm. Pods hang below foliage like apples. Even the green pods have a very strong fruity aroma. Very hot when fully mature at deep red.
Infinity: (Capsicum chinense) Briefly a world record holder for heat scale, growing to 130 cm tall and wide. Big and bushy, full of golf ball size pods that turn from green to a deep red. They seem full of placenta when cut open and fill the room with an beautiful floral fruity aroma.
Kashmiri: (Capsicum annuum) The Kashmir chilli pepper and is native to the northern most state of India and is very much in demand for its bright crimson colouring, that it imparts to the cooking process. The Kashmiri chilli is a deep crimson with a smooth, shiny, thin skin and is about 5 cm long by 2.5 cm wide and has a nice fruity flavour. Heat level is medium.
Krakatoa: (Capsicum annuum) Compact Tabasco type fruits on a compact plant. Fruits ripen green with a purple tinge to fully red at Maturity. Fruits can be used fresh or dried and ground for seasoning. This is a great chilli for the kitchen window sill for plucking one off when needed. Very hot at maturity.
Lemon Drop: (Capsicum baccutum) The attractive, bright yellow fruit are about 70mm long, often with a nipple at the tip. They are very hot, with a sparkling, citrus-like flavour. The tall, straggly plants are modest producers and need support to stay upright. A speciality chilli that will be much appreciated by gourmands who like some flavour with their heat. Approximate heat level: 56,000 SHU.
Moruga Scorpion Yellow: (Capsicum chinense) The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Yellow was developed from the Trinidad Scorpion. The peppers have a wrinkled appearance. This killer chilli pepper was declared world's most hottest chilli in February 2012. The average number of Scoville Units in the Trinidad Scorpion Moruga was 1,2 million with some chilli pods even measuring 2,009,231 million SHU.
Orange Wonder: (Capsicum annuum) Strikingly attractive plants with glowing orange peppers held upright over bright leaves. The mass of fruit creates an eye-catching display in patio pots along with generous harvests of hot, tasty peppers.
Pink Tiger: (Capsicum chinense) Maybe bit of a novelty one this, the Pink Tiger is a cross between Bhut Jolokia and Pimenta da Neyde. The plant is dark green and grows as Pimenta da Neyde. The fruits start off dark purple and ripen to cream/peach with purple and pink shades. The pods are striped and spotted with incredible colour variations (It can depend on many factors such as strong sun and position). Heat very hot with a fruity flavour.
This Years Equipment
Growth Technology Chilli Focus Chillis and peppers have specific nutritional requirements. While it is true that they can perform reasonably well with general purpose “feeds”, the best results will be achieved by using a formulation designed specifically for them. Chilli Focus is precisely formulated for the needs of chillies and peppers – it does not contain urea. It supports the production of healthier, more vigorous plants and colourful, juicier fruits.
Jiffy Jiffy Pellets The Jiffy-7® pellet: fine netting is filled with high-quality substrate and then compressed to form a handy pellet. Just add water, and the little planting wonder grows to up to seven times its size in a few moments. It is held together by fine netting, ensuring optimum air/water exchange.
Greenhouse Sensation Vitopod Precise control propagator- the accurate electric digital thermostat can be set to any 1°C between 5°C and 30°C and the display shows the actual and the set temperatures. The lower temperatures are ideal for over-wintering cuttings and prized plants, the higher temperatures are great for getting hot chillis and exotic plant seeds off to a flying start. Large vents in lids and sides – for superior humidity control, so your plants don’t suffer from damping-off. Even Heat - delivers an even heat throughout the base, so there are no hot spots or cold spots and your seeds and cuttings will germinate evenly. Height adjustable – add the extra layers to give plants more space. Perfect for when the weather is taking its time to warm up enough for you to plant-out and for protecting taller mature plants from the cold. Robust - the Vitopod is built to last. The lids and sides are made from a robust acrylic and are treated to protect them against the UV deterioration which makes other propagators turn yellow and brittle.
Greenhouse Sensation Octogrow takes 8 young plants in 11 litre pots and keep them perfectly fed and watered at all times thanks to the large Smart Reservoir and FeederMat controlled watering, so that you raise healthier plants with bigger harvests.
Greenhouse Sensation Duogrow Self Watering Planter - Grow 2x bigger harvests with our Duogrow planter. The impressive growth is thanks to the clever way the stylish Duogrow keeps plants perfectly fed and watered for 14 days at a time. The Duogrow’s 30cm pots are ideal for any plants usually grown in a pot or growbag –chillis, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, aubergines, peppers and any tall cropping plants.
Greens Horticulture The T5 grow Light is specifically designed for propagation and out of all single fluorescent lighting units available on the market; it offers the most even light dispersal. This is the 4’ 8-way model that measures 119cm (l) x 66cm (w) x 6cm (d), making it ideal for large propagation set-ups. The unit itself houses eight 54W blue spectrum lamps (red spectrum lamps are available if needed) and comes with two on/off switches mounted on the side. One switch controls the four outer lights and the other switch controls the four inner lights to give you complete control over the spread of light your plants receive.