Project Pepper, Fall 2013

October 8, 2013. Inspired by descriptions and photos of bonsai chili peppers (“bonchis”), today I attempted to start some seeds. They are from chilies I grew in 2010 or possibly 2009 and had dried and stored in a refrigerator. Seeds were placed in tap water or tap water plus gibberellic acid.

  • 17 hot lemon seeds, marked with an L
  • 17 hot lemon seeds in GA solution, marked with a circled L
  • 24 unknown seeds (possibly bhut jolokia), marked with a ?
  • 24 unknown seeds in GA solution, marked with a circled ?
  • 42 Scotch bonnet seeds, ┬ámarked with an S
  • 42 Scotch bonnet seeds in GA solution, marked with a circled S

I’ll be looking for differences in germination rates between the seeds in GA solution and plain tap water.

October 18, 2013. Some of the hot lemon and Scotch bonnets have germinated.

October 25, 2013. More Scotch bonnet seeds germinated when treated with gibberellic acid. The sprouts from treated seeds were also much longer than the untreated seeds. The germination rate of the lemon pepper seeds was equal to the untreated seeds, however those that did germinate produced much longer sprouts.

  • Hot lemon seeds, 3/17 germinated
  • Hot lemon seeds in GA solution, 3/17 germinated
  • Unknown seeds, 0/24 germinated
  • Unknown seeds in GA solution, 0/24 germinated
  • Scotch bonnet seeds, 19/42 germinated
  • Scotch bonnet seeds in GA solution, 25/42 germinated]