A young Butch T Scorpion chilli…
Well, here it is. Some six months on since I planted those first seeds I have small fruit on my Trinidad Scorpion Butch T plant. It’s been a long road, from those early days of heated propagators in the dark, cold snowy days of February I have nurtured the plants daily and now they have fruited I feel pretty pleased.
In all honesty I wasn’t overly confident, my other chilli plants came on quickly and I was encouraged by their early fruiting. My Maules and Curry chillies are now fully grown and heading towards ripening whilst these creep along slowly and, quite literally deathly. For these chillies are hotter than hell, a world record breaker on the Scoville league of chilli heat I am expecting something worse than the bhut jolokia’s I grew a couple of years back.
It’s not a total success story though, one plant hasn’t fruited at all and I have had two fruits drop off. The recent bout of hot weather held great promise but the last week has seen mixed heat and light which doesn’t help. Having a greenhouse certainly helps though, these plants need maximum light to grow well and now I am hoping for enough sunny days ahead to help them to maturity.
Whilst I have enjoyed growing them I am more excited about the ones I am growing for actual culinary purposes, they will dry wonderfully and provide me with flavour and vitamins during the winter months to come.