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On this blog I will share my chili experiences with fellow chili heads.

Crossing projects of the future

Season 2008Posted by Johnny N. Olsen Sun, June 15, 2008 10:44:34

Last year I made my first chili crosses and this year I am doing 10 different chili crosses... But that's not all - I am also planning on doing crosses with other vegetables...

French bean cross: "Purple King x Goldfield" - a cross between a purple bush variety and a yellow climbing bean roma type (flat pods) from T & M. I would like to end up with a purple roma type, either bush or climbing, but who knows what might show up after the initial cross... Got the idea from a blog called "Daughter of the Soil" by English Rebsie Fairholm who has crossed a yellow podded pea with a purple podded pea and got interesting results - a red podded pea, however it is not yet stabilized... have a look at her most interesting work at

Tomato crosses: I already have a stabilizing project going on from some seeds of "Lime Green Tomato" I bought some years ago from Kokopelli. Seeds were not pure, tomatoes were black-reddish with impressive shoulder markings. But it was early to mature and taste was great, too. So since then I have been trying to stabilize it growing only 2 or 3 plants per year. Variety is now called "Vejle" after my hometown... See more here...

Next year I will start my project named "Sun Moon" - trying to make a cross between the English variety "Sungella" and a Russian variety named "Russian Moon Tomato" - bought it at Ebay two years ago, seller claimed that it was tolerant to low light conditions. I have grown it and it did very well, fruits were red, egg-shaped and weighed around 100 grams. See Russian Moon Tomato here: Sungella is here:

Watermelon project: Not many watermelons can be grown succesfully here in Scandinavia, but two years ago I managed to grow one nice Blacktail Mountain which was ripe 2-3 weeks before first night frosts normally set in. But a problem is to determine when a watermelon is properly ripe - Golden Midget has a nice help feature here, its skin turns yellow when it is time. Also, it is very early so why not try to cross these two..?!

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Camera replacement

Season 2008Posted by Johnny N. Olsen Sun, June 15, 2008 10:14:34
My old Nikkon Coolpix camera has been missing for weeks now!smiley Maybe it thought that it had done its job and found a lonely place to be able to retire... To replace it I have now ordered a new Nikkon Coolpix s700, cannot wait to get started documenting all my chili varieties...

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Time to make status...

Season 2008Posted by Johnny N. Olsen Thu, March 27, 2008 23:54:36

Well, it is time to make status over the success of germination.

Yesterday, the last of the 3 Aji Omnicolor strains I am growing this year broke the surface after more than 5 weeks! This means that I will be able to compare these strains - first of all when it comes to fruit characteristics, other parameters such as for instance earliness will be quite difficult to compare due to the range in germination time...

Comparison so far:

Aji Omnicolor (own seeds): 11 days to germinate.

Aji Omnicolor II (probably old seeds): 36 days to germinate.

CGN 19202 (old seeds?): 28 days to germinate.

EDIT: decided to grow only one Omnicolor from own seeds...

Also interesting, though sad, is that Pimenta Morango still has not germinated after 5 weeks, strange since seeds were very fresh (about 3 months old), maybe they require dormancy or a higher temperature..? Will give it a go again and sow again, but luckily I have an overwintered plant that is about to flower...

Paprika Rana Oranzova, a nice, early sweet pepper from the Czech Republic, which I bought in Prague in 2005, has also germinated after 30 days! Nice since the ones I already had germinating were own non-isolated seeds, so maybe they will not produce plants true to the variety... Will grow plants from the original plants isolated this year to provide a nice seed crop for future use...

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The chinenses are coming

Season 2008Posted by Johnny N. Olsen Thu, March 06, 2008 23:00:55

Today, more of the chinenses finally broke the surface:

Cili Goronong, Pimenta da Neyde, NuMex Suave Orange.

Also through the surface: PI 585267 (Turbo Pube) and Bulgarian Carrot (strain II).

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More seedlings!

Season 2008Posted by Johnny N. Olsen Thu, March 06, 2008 09:44:36

The following seedlings have emerged:

- Czechoslovakian Black Normann Strain

- Golden Nugget

- Vesena

- Starfish

- Belize Sweet Habanero

- Murupi Doce

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annuum x chinense sprouted!

Season 2008Posted by Johnny N. Olsen Wed, March 05, 2008 13:39:19

Small Wild from Mexico x Naga Morich has sprouted, resulting in two seedlings so far... Very happy about it, hoping to see Small Wild from Mexico x Pimenta Morango shortly...smiley

Also, Normann's Fat F3 sprouted today, which is quite some time later than the F4-generation, it may be due to the fact that these seeds are from autumn 2004, but it might also partly be due adaption over the generations to our relatively cold climate here in Denmark...(?)

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Germinators of the day

Season 2008Posted by Johnny N. Olsen Mon, March 03, 2008 21:46:58

Annuum: Black Pearl, Healthy, Fish Pepper, JalapeƱo Purple.

Baccatum: Campane, Nepalese Bell.

Chinense: Arrivivi Orange, Aji Dulce Amarillo.

Pubescens: PI 387838 Locato and PI 387838 Locato Long Red 2007 Version F2.

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More varieties up and atom!

Season 2008Posted by Johnny N. Olsen Sun, March 02, 2008 21:19:33

First chinense of the year is NuMex Suave Red, though the only seedling looks a bit tiny and fragile - Arrivivi Orange seems to be breaking surface tomorrow.

Two nice annuums also sprouted today - Bombilla Amarilla and the classic, Bulgarian Carrot.

The wax type baccatums all showed up today smiley - Aji Cristal, Aji Omnicolor, C00948 and Birgit's Locoto. Campane which is a funny shaped baccatum similar to many other varieties much alike seems to be the first of the "funny ones" I have for experimenting and crossing with this season - I also have strains going by these names: Nepalese Bell, Bishop's Crown, Champion. The best looking of these strains will be used for crossing with Aji Omnicolor, i.e. the one first one to flower if plant looks strong and healthy. Goal is to create an early wax type with an attractive, odd shape and good flavour in the unripe, whitish stage.

Starfish is another even more extremely flattened star-shaped baccatum, which I will also use for crossing with Aji Omnicolor.

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