Despite the funky growing season that screwed with every single pepper plant I grew (even the jalapenos that I always grow didn’t do nearly as well as usual), my one surviving Datil produced a huge number of pods, and is by far the largest and healthiest of all of the pepper plants I grew. Its trunk is as thick as several of my fingers put together, and while its not TALL, its huge in comparison to every other pepper in the garden this year. The peppers are easily habanero hot, but Husband likes them.
However it is also, by far, the most temperature sensitive pepper I’ve grown. I had to shade it from the sun! Admittedly we had a hotter than normal summer, but “hotter than normal” for us barely hits “normal” for Florida. And yet I lost two plants to the heat before I realized I needed to shade them. Not one other pepper plant I’ve grown, this summer or previous, has had that problem. And now that the fall temps are dropping, its wilting in the cold long before any other pepper plant. We’ve not had a frost yet, though we had one night dip down to 40(F). Every other pepper plant out there is still going strong. And the Datil is showing what sure looks like frost damage! I’ve got it covered in frost cloth in hopes of keeping it going long enough for the rest of the pods to ripen.
I’m debating digging it up and attempting to to over-winter it in a pot so as to give it a headstart for next year. We’ll have to see how it goes I guess.