This is a little off the original concept of landrace, but I’m growing a bunch of capsicum pubescens this year. I’ve completely fallen in love with the plants but they want to grow very large and long season and my space where I am currently is either indoor or short season.
My plan is to cross my plants up in two ways: when they’re indoors, to mass gather and mix the pollen and then distribute the mixed pollen to all open flowers, sort of a manual bee project. I would not remove the male parts so there’s still a chance the plants would self-pollinate, but it will get a lot of mixing happening.
When the plants go outside on the deck for the summer I’ll clump them up together and put pollinator-friendly plants around them. This will let the insects take over.
This way I should be able to get maximally crossed seed even if the peppers never really get to spend much time outside, and I could use this model in a completely indoor project if I want to.
Picture of some of the pubescens as babies because I’m traveling and don’t have a more recent one.