The Exciting but Frustrating Guessing Games

So the fruits of my plants have started to appear, the trouble is, I don’t know what most of them are, thanks to my accident earlier in the year. And yes, I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record with that…
As I suspected, it’s both exciting and frustrating. There are some that are pretty obvious.

Cherry Bomb Chilli

For example it’s very likely that, that is a Cherry Bomb chilli.

Aji Limon or Peach Sugar Rush Chilli

That is either going to be an Aji Limon or Peach Sugar Rush I’d guess. When it ripens off I’ll be able to tell more because of the colour.

But then…

Unknown Chilli

Could be anything, really.

Another Unknown Chilli

As could that.

Even the plants that don’t have pods are getting frustrating…

Unknown Chilli Plant

I mean, LOOK. That’s an ace looking plant, no? But I can’t get that excited about it because I’m not really sure what it is. Sure, there is a little excitement, it is after all a chilli plant. That much I do know.

But if it’s say, a Bishops Crown, then that is less exciting than if it is a Scotch Bonnet plant. I love Scotch Bonnets, they’re my favourite thing to cook with and just about what I can get away with in a family friendly meal. Bishops Crown I don’t love so much. They’re nice, but they aren’t Scotch Bonnets.

As it stands, I am 75% sure it’s a Dorset Naga plant. Which does get me a little bit giddy as I loved those things last year from Devon Chilli Mans Hot Boxes.

But there is also this;

Really good looking unknown chilli plant

Just LOOK at THAT beauty.

But, again. Hard to get excited because I don’t know what it is. I think it’s a Chocolate Habanero, but again, it really could be anything.

I’ve only got myself to blame for some of this, it’s not helped that I was kind of lax about Blogging my grow from the start of the year. I Blogged the majority of the planting, but others I kind of missed.

What I know I planted from looking back on my Blogs;

Chocolate Scotch Bonnets, Martinique, Numex Twilight, Carolina Reaper, Calico, Camo, Pamama 4 Thin Red, Turkey Long Red, Turkey Small Thin, Panama 3 Red Hab, Cozumel, Bhut Jolokia Peach, Bhut Jolokia Yellow, Bhut Jolokia White, Bhut Jolokia Red, Orange Jalapeno, Chocolate Devils Tongue, Carolina Reaper, 7 Pot Brain Strain, Butch T. Scorpion, Cheryl, Yoda, Aji Limon, Purple Jalapeno, Fish, Scotch Bonnet, Jalapeno, Cherry Bomb, Hungarian Hot Wax, Chenzo, Carioca, Black Pearl, Monkey Face, Trinidad Scorpion Sunrise, Paprika, Vietnamese Tear Jerker, Katie, Bishops Crown, Moruga Scorpion, Erotico, Pink Tiger and Fatali.

But that was just in January, what I planted in February and March I didn’t record, just that I had.

I’ve only myself to blame. Certainly a lesson for next year to do things properly.

I shouldn’t complain too much, I am doing, quite well this year…

Doing Well

And, by quite well I mean “Bloody AWESOME!“, at least by my standards.

I’m up to 12 litres a go when it comes to feeding, give or take. I’ve been using Chilli Focus this year and it seems to have gone down a treat with them.

Chilli Focus for Chilli Plants

Also, the more observant among you may have noticed that I’ve had my pots sat in growbag trays as well.

Bottom Feeding Chilli Plants

This helps to capture any run on from feeding and watering, which leads to a form of “Bottom Feeding” the plants. Technically it isn’t “Bottom Feeding” in the true sense, but what it does do is capture the water / food that would normally have escaped. The plants will sense the water below and naturally cause them to grow their roots down in order to get at it.

Truthfully it’s something I started doing without even realising it, really. Way back when I first started to pot up I was placing trays underneath the plants to stop the water from damaging my windowsills.

Transplanted Seedlings

It was only really when I noticed how strong the roots back in where getting back in April I started putting two and two together.

Bottom Feeding for Strong Roots

I’ll be doing more with this knowledge next year for sure.

Still, all  of that success taken into consideration, there is still a few oddballs.

Moruga Scorpion Chilli Plant

That is a Moruga Scorpion plant that I planted the seeds for in March. It looks nice and healthy, but it really isn’t doing much. It’s not been treated any differently than my other plants. In fact, it’s been treated way better than my other plants because it never fell out of Greenhouse. It still has a label to prove that.

For the most part, I’m winning. And, that’s good. I’ve got some properly awe inspiring plants this year, I just don’t know what they are.

Frustrating, but still exciting.

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