Once upon a time you found the sweetest pepper. You were making your way through a pepper field where no 2 plants looked the same. A field of F3 plants. That is 3 generations after two distinct varieties cross pollinated each other. In this case, a Scotch Bonner (a Capsicum chinense). with an unknown sweet … More The sweetest pepper you’d ever tasted
Yesterday I went through my 2019 breeding notes from my Scotch Bonnet Remix project. I’m planning out what selections to grow this summer. (This was a cross between Scotch Bonnet peppers and some sweet Capsicum annuums. A cross that everyone tells me shouldn’t happen! Read more about the Scotch Bonnet Remix origin story here) The … More Planning out the 2020 Scotch Bonnet Remix breeding project.
Everyone tells me that different pepper species don’t cross. That’s not been my experience. Years ago I gave up growing our strain of Hot Paper Lantern Habanero because it got so crossed up with sweet peppers. (That would be Capsicum chinense x Capsicum annuum.) And last year, we started seeing a similar situation with our … More The Scotch Bonnet Remix Story – Crossing Hot Pepper From Different Species
Last night Tourne-Sol farm was featured on the TV show Les fermiers on Unis tv! Les fermiers is a show about what it’s like to be a farmer. The show follows Jean-Martin Fortier and the crew at la Ferme des Quatre-Temps through 2 growing seasons. During this episode I walked Annie-Claude and Justine around the … More Watch Tourne-Sol on Les fermiers TV show!
This is a story about bees and how unexpected things can be exciting and about orange hot peppers.
I recently posted about selecting hot peppers and how I pay careful attention to each plant and place the fruits from individual plants into quarts. I usually let these continue ripening in the quarts for a couple of weeks, and then choose those for seed. Well, a few days after placing my peppers into quarts, … More Unforeseen Seed Selection Complications
Seven or eight years ago I planted some Bulgarian Carrot Hot Pepper seeds from Fedco. Most of the plants had elongated orange fruit similar to Cayenne peppers but with more flesh. One plant was covered with fruit that were round and squat though equally orange and spicy. This rogue pepper plant was likely due to … More Selecting/Breeding Hot Peppers
This is the fourth part of a series on crop planning for seed production. Seed production planning part 3 covered calculating how much to grow to meet your farm and marketing demands. The next step is choosing when to plant your seed crop to get a reliable seed harvest. (Most of this article was originally … More Plant Seed Crops on Time – Seed Production Planning Part 4