About three years ago my wife purchased what was labeled a "chocolate
Habenero" chile plant for me. I planted it in a kitchen bed along
with some yellow and red Thai peppers and a couple of serranos. All
of the plants grew well in that wet year, topping out at about 5 feet
high in the case of the That pepper and (curiously because they are
usually bushy) the Habenero.
The Thai and serranos provided a load of fresh chiles. The Habenero
may have had 1-4 blooms, but never set fruit.
The winter was mild and all of the chilies carried over, giving me a
bounty of early fresh chiles last year. Long about late Sept, I
finally found one (1) fruit on the chocolate Habenero. Later another
fruit set. I let them ripen and collected the seed.
Last winter all of those chlies died in the cold. I planted the
chocolate hab seeds and have a couple of plants. This year the
chocolate hab is out with the rest of the chiles in the garden. Two
feet on either side are standard hab blooming and setting fruit like
crazy. The chocolate hab is 12 inches taller than the other habs, but
is still playing 'celibate'.
Has anyone had a similare experience with these or have any
suggestions how to get them to bloom? Note, they are not blooming
rather than dropping blooms and not setting fruit.
Thanks for any insight. I'll also try reposting this in edible and on
the garden web chile group.