- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: indeterminate, dwarf
- Leaf type: regular leaf/potato leaf version, rugose
- Time to maturity: midseason
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 15
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for fungal and bacterial diseases
PLEASE NOTE: AT THIS TIME THE AFTERSHOCK SEEDS I HAVE ARE PRODUCING ALL POTATO-LEAFED PLANTS (PL). THE BREEDER MAY CHOOSE ANOTHER NAME TO CALL THIS PL VERSION, BUT HAS NOT DECIDED UPON THIS YET. AFTERSHOCK IS A REGULAR LEAFED VARIETY. THESE SEEDS ARE FOR AFTERSHOCK PL, POSSIBLY TO BE RENAMED BY THE BREEDER IN THE FUTURE.
“Aftershock” is a dwarf variety with striking striped, saladette-sized, green when ripe bicolor fruits. Aftershock, by Blane Horton, is a sibling to Pit Viper, both from the Rumpelstiltskin project, by using Dwarf Wild Fred and Keith Mueller’s H-28. (https://www.mariannasheirloomseeds.com/seed-heirloom-heroes/94-blane-horton.html)
Aftershock did extremely well in my hot and humid climate, which is not the case for many dwarf varieties. The flavor of the fruits was very good, juicy and more sweet than tart…fruity green-when-ripe flavor. I grew it in an Earthbox with two other dwarf varieties, and Aftershock topped at 3.5 feet tall. I could see it growing taller in the ground, under good growing conditions.
Something that many people admire in this variety is the red/pink “bulls eye” spot in the center of the sliced fruits. There is something really interesting about the red bulls eye…it is a bicolor issue. I have been observing this pretty carefully for nearly two years now. Please note that this is observation and not a scientifically proven fact by any means. The second (inner) color of any bicolor will show best when the fruit has fully ripened in the heat…and usually that takes place on the plant, depending on your season. When you pick the fruits at breaker, as I usually have to do, if they ripen indoors (70-80F depending on the season) they will not show the inner bicolor at all in the cooler ripening temps, even when ripened fully to soft and mushy.
So from the SAME plant for Aftershock this season, I have observed fruits with and without the bulls eye completely according to where they were ripening and what the heat was. Those left on the plant longer with greater exposure to heat in ripening had by far the best color. Those that were picked right at breaker and ripened over time on a tray at 77-80F showed often no inner bicolor at all.
These are F7 seeds, so although my fruits have all been true to type across several plants this season, I will list this as a developing variety. This means that there is a chance that plants and fruit grown from these seeds will be different than what I have shown and described here. For example, you might see potato leaves instead of regular leaves. I believe that the fruit phenotypes are stable, but I would rather be cautious in my listings and state the possibilities.
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