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This forum area seems kind of dead. Is everyone working in the garden? How's everyone's peppers doing? I got some of mine planted. I need to take some pics. I have Bhut Jolikia, Thai Pepper, Vietnamese Pepper, some Chili Pequins, and unknown Mexican type hot chili pepper. These were in 5-gallon pots that I recently planted several weeks ago.
It was 84 here today with 80% humidity this afternoon, it got better this afternoon. I only have a few peppers in the ground, the rest I'm going to grow in pots on my deck. I have 45 Chilitepins in 3" pots on my deck it's amazing how slowly they grow until it gets really hot. This has been the first really hot week the tomatillos are finally starting to grow.
They should take off then, Vaughn. What types do you have? Are they hot peppers? Good luck!
1lisac, I thought it was something like that. I didn't really watch the thermometer that closely. That's a lot of chili peppers. You must really like them. You know I had one survive the winter in a ceramic pot. I've never grown tomatillos and wouldn't even know what the plant looks like. LOL!
Dean, I have a few different bells, ancho, numex, anaheim, jalapeno, tabasco, scotch bonnet, chocolate hab, serrano, and cubanelle. I expected to plant like 12 plants but ended up with 21 heh. First time going from seed so i kinda overplanted. Luckily the local community garden took my 30+ extra seedlings.
Yep I am thinking of starting a few more too. Everything in my newest raised bed died, I haven't figured out why yet. I lost all of my sweet nonbells. Currently I have five hot peppers and five bells in the ground. The growing has been slow. However, I am starting to see flowers. No fruit has set, but maybe this week!
Sorry to hear about your loss, GrowingNVegas! Hope you get another batch going soon. For me I'm still debating on starting these. Seems as though I already lost to much time and then I need to find a place for more peppers.
Man those Habaneros sure grow slow. I started some over a month ago and have them under a 400MH bulb with temps steady around 85F in my grow room. I have been giving them regular watering and organic fertilizer. All of the other peppers are getting nice and tall but these guys are just growing oh so slow. I am assuming this is normal for Habs?
All my Hot Peppers are growing slow, even here. The sweets are doing fine. I have a couple more flats to pot up for an order, then I will be done. Phew!
I really need the extra time to work on my own garden. Lol. I have found with peppers they grow when they want to and that's about it. Yes, Habs can be really slow, also they have a different growth habit so they can have the same amount of leaves as other peppers but they are shorter. I've even found this in different stains of Habs. While Goats Weed or Black Cobra are more tree like. It was 94* here today and I'm hoping the tepins will get the picture and grow! Last year, because it was so hot the pepper plants were huge by now. Argh..
Re: pruning the flowers. Professional greenhouse pepper growers prune the flowers that form in the first branch point on the plant, then prune the plant to 2 main stems (for bells). I let my small fruited hot peppers like Jalapenos form 3 or 4 main stems. Then they prune the flowers that form at the first and third nodes on each main stem. Flowers at node 2 and nodes 4 and higher are allowed to set fruit freely. Pruning the early flowers is supposed to help the plant develop a good root system that will support greater fruit production later. I think its beneficial, so i do it, even if I dont bother with any later pruning. Each node on a main stem puts out 2 stems, one of which is usually stronger. Professional growers prune the weaker of the 2, leaving one leaf for the first month or so, then 2 leaves after that. This results in a 2-stemmed plant that is very orderly and easy to manage in a greenhouse. It sounds complicated, but it really isn't once you learn how to do it. But most people do not bother with pruning peppers, and some research has found that non-pruned plants actually have greater production. If the plant if healthy and has good dirt to grow in, it will be fine. I started pruning my peppers last year just to try it out, and like it. I think I have gotten better production by pruning.
Here is a link to an online Canadian greenhouse pepper guide that I found last year:
Just planted the peppers outside today. They were all started by seed in my grow tent in my basement. They are doing awesome. I had peppers planted in this same box last year so I am hoping no issues with diseases or anything arise. *crosses fingers*
I mixed up the peppers in the trays when I started them so I don't exactly know what each one is. I figure once they start producing peppers I will find out pretty quickly. They are a mix of Poblano, Jalapeno, Serano, Hungarian Wax, Yellow Bell, Red Bell, Cayenne, some other small red chili peppers. I also have some habaneros in front of the house where there is more sun. I think that is all. :)
I have some peppers in big 20 to 30 gal pots that I have had for years I bring them in when it freezes and put them back out after the cold snap. I call them my pepper trees. The pictures are of my tobassco, chiletepins, de arbols, paparickas, and old fashion cheyannes.
I have been harvesting sweet peppers for a while now. I just found this thread.
First picture April 16th
Second picture May 18th (the plants did slow down a little bit after transplanting them outside)
Third Picture may 21st
Too bad you are so far away looks like some fine eating. I picked some today after the storm, and restaked the plants back up. These are tabassco, Aji, jalapeno, de arbo, and oh my gosh peppers. Also some porter and cherry tomatoes.
What size container should peppers be grown in? I have 50+ varieties and I'm trying to save seeds I have found that it's easier for me to do this if they are in containers, I can isolate them when they start to bloom. They are starting to bloom in their nursery pots so I need to get them potted up. The Brazilian Starfish has blooms that just opened this one is inside by a large window, so I moved it. My Goats Weed and Black Cobra look like they might bloom soon also.
Any advise on container size would be greatly appreciated. That Asian Thai Purple looks fantastic.
Lisa, I have done my peppers for years in 16" diameter pots I get from HD or Lowes. The poblanos and new mexico varieties still get to about 7 foot tall so I use the regular 48" galvanized tomato cages for support.
My peppers are doing well. got baby jalapenos, ancho's, bells, tabasco, scotch bonnet. No chocolate habs yet tho.
Lisa, lol I know the feeling. In mid April when I was supposed to be planting outside I had about 65 plants ready to go. Luckily I had a neighbour and a local community garden that wanted seedlings. I ended up putting out 25 peppers. First time from seed and in the ground. The container peppers are doing better than the in ground but I still should have more peppers than i can eat or give away.
We have our plants in different size pots but they seem to do much better in a larger pot. Our tobassco, mother chilipetin, mother Oh my gosh, and aji are in a 20 gallon pot there are a few two liter bottles flaten out in the bottom for drainage and to lighten up the pot. Others in 5 gallon buckets do well. Some are in 3 gallon but they don't produce as well the plants seem stunted. Others are in raised beds they do well.
My peppers are doing fine. They've only been in the garden for a month, and I'm starting to see a few blooms with no peppers set on quite yet.
A question: I'm growing some Highlander pepper plants - that's a hybrid Anaheim type from Johnny's Selected Seeds. These Highlander plants are now twice the size of my other peppers (Gypsy, Carmen, Corno di Toro Rosso, and Pepperoncini) though they were planted at the same time. Highlander is supposed to be a short-season variety of Anaheim for cold climates - though that's sure not us, it's been in the 90's here for a couple of weeks.
I wonder if Highlander plants are going to be very large when grown, or if they're just growing faster and earlier than the others because they're designed for a short growing season. Does anyone here know?
The anaheim sounds like a fast grower and a new pepper even on johnny's. They said the only precaution was not water the leaves which I always hand water the roots because I enjoy walking the yard checking the plants out. You have to talk to them thanking them for the bounty and sometimes encourage them of course my neighbors give me some funny looks. I did threaten my pineapple guavas with not planting them and taking them back if they did not bloom... after two springs in a 30 gallon pot they decided to bloom. The blooms did taste like a cross between a strawberry and a kiwi. Now I have baby fruit so I will plant them this fall. But try talking to your pepper plants and give us updates on your new anaheim.
Finally getting peppers! Jalapeno, serrano, big jim, aneheim all going crazy. The bells are setting but will be awhile before they change colours. The scotch bonnet and chocolate habs have pods already and the tabasco has flowers.
So far so good.
I am harvesting peppers every Friday. These are the June's harvest.
I am trying to harvest as many green peppers as I can to give the plants energy to grow more, before the real heat will start.
If this summer is like last year ... OMG ... with records heat here in Dallas !
My pepper plants went in to such a shock July and August !
As soon as my freezer is full of peppers I will wait to harvest until they turn colors.
I am very happy rigth now.