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Growing Chiltepin #WithMe: Germination

One month after seeding, and there is progress to report. Yeah, not so easy to grow, that chiltepin…

With some cooler weather, conditions weren’t ideal. Placing the pots with the seeds higher up in the greenhouse gave them more warmth, but also let them dry out faster…

Not Chiltepin

The result was that Bird Ají germinated first, after some two weeks. It’s a relative to chiltepin as it is also a wild(ish) “bird pepper”, but it’s no chiltepin.

Next up, the Charapita.

Of which I’d thrown in a lot of seeds, because I was not sure it would do anything anymore.

Well, it did.

And still there was no chiltepin.

Finally, Chiltepin Germinates

After a full month, within about the last three days of it, though, we’ve had germination.

First off, though, came a seed of chiltepin amarillo which looks like it crossed with something else.

And, it’s still not the best considering I used 15 or 30 seeds of the different chiltepin, but still, at least there are quite some now:

Current Results

Now, there are…

  • 3 seedlings of chiltepin amarillo (although one of them looks like a cross/hybrid to me)
  • 4 seedlings of chiltepin cappuccino
  • 9 seedlings of Sonoran Chiltepin
    (There are all out of 30 seeds planted; the following are of 15 seeds:)
  • 2 seedlings of the “2019” chiltepin
  • 6 of the old seeds where I mixed two types
  • zero of the XS chiltepin (I think while I’m writing this, a day later, I’ve seen one start to emerge)
  • zero from the fresh pod (actually, dried pods freshly taken off the still-living plant)

Clearly, it is possible to get chiltepin to germinate without any special treatment.

Equally as clearly, it is not the easiest chilli to even just start!

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