Sunday I harvested 43 Carolina Reapers from one plant, and tested one for the first, and probably last, time. I chewed a half of one up, but couldn't keep it in my mouth for longer than 18 sec. Other superhots (Bhut Jolokia, Jwala, Mogul Scorpion) I could make it over 30 sec. with, but not even close with this one, so it was definitely hotter!
This is definitely a determinate pepper, as there was not a single flower on it, or any smaller peppers - just the ripe ones.
DSCF0285 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
DSCF0292 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
The gold bullets, OTOH, are definitely what I call an indeterminate pepper! This is just one plant, loaded with ripe peppers, but when you look closely, there are even more green ones, of all sizes, with open flowers, and more flower buds just waiting to open! Here's the one plant, from the best angle I could get many of the ripe ones in the photo, with the reapers on the left, and habanadas on the right:
DSCF0283 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
And here's a photo of one section after the harvest, showing all those green peppers and flowers I was referring to. Hard to see many of them, but you get the idea:
DSCF0286 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
And here are all of the peppers I picked from the one plant:
DSCF0296 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
And the chocolate habaneros are also somewhat indeterminate, though most are full sized and ripening. I think with these, many of the flower buds are waiting for this harvest to open in sync. The plant in the same Earthbox as this largest one, is smaller than the one that was taken down in that spring storm! This huge plant I am going to bag one of the branches of unopened flowers, and save some seeds!
Here's a photo of the plant:
DSCF0289 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Here's what I could get in one photo on the largest plant, as far as the peppers on it:
DSCF0287 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Here are the peppers from just that one plant:
DSCF0290 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
And here are all of them, in an overflowing 4 qt bowl, after adding 41 from the "recovered plant", and only 13 from the small plant:
DSCF0291 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
A few Thai peppers, too, but this is low in the capsaicin, compared to the others:
DSCF0293 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
It's really too bad that the Habanada did not pan out, as those plants are loaded! The flavor was just not like a habanero, but more like some Aji I grew years ago that I did not like the flavor of - not even pepper like! Here's another photo showing all those peppers on the palnt next to the gold bullet:
DSCF0282 by pepperhead212, on Flickr