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Old August 26, 2018   #1
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Default First pepper season 2018

Stopped trying to grow peppers years ago. Usually get a spindly plant or two that give
a sad two or three fruits.
Last year I paid more attention, started seed early, topped them, and did get a nice
baby ahi amarillo plant....squat but bushy 2ft tall and 50 or so fruit. When it was done
I realized I had three plants in a 2 gallon grow bag. Impressive enough to try again.

This year I started early again, late January. Six varieties but they lumbered along and
struggled but ended up with 4 healthy plants out of about 30 seeds started. Did not
expect much.

Put all four in an EarthBox and now have massive shrubbery. Loaded with fruit.
Tomatoes struggled in all the heat and humidity and thunderstorms this year but
obviously peppers love it.

Now to figure out whats what. Four different varieties. Not labeled because I did not
expect this.

Picked a few more this morning as they are starting to color up. Probably top left is Padron,
then Caribbean Seasoning (land race from Artisan), then Baby AjiAmarillo...
The bigger green one must be BigJim next to a HatchBigJim (I order a 10lb box every
year...just delivered)
Not impressive to most but in my NEast climate very exciting.
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Old August 27, 2018   #2
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I had a fun time with peppers this year too. I planted a combination of pots and inground. The bells were exclusively inground, and it was indeed an unusual and spectacular year. Everything ripened by July. I started seeds extra early too.

Will have to checkout Caribbean Seasoning. I see a few other interesting landrace peppers on Artisan's site too. Nice that they all played well together in their earthbox, leaves room to try more varieties that way.

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Those plants look great, also struggling with heat and humidity. The padrones don't resemble what I remember they should look like, but the other 3 do. Everything in the earthboxes did great this year for me, the ground... not so much.

Enjoy eating them.
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Great looking plants and pods.
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Nice job Oakley!! Keep at it and you'll figure out the things that all the difference.

You should try to over winter your favorites to get a big jump on next years peppers. I have a longer growing season and can get 3 flushes of peppers, I think you should be able to get two if the weather cooperates. It's worth a try to increase yield and it's easier than you think.
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Those plants look great, also struggling with heat and humidity. The padrones don't resemble what I remember they should look like, but the other 3 do. Everything in the earthboxes did great this year for me, the ground... not so much.

Enjoy eating them.

The Canoncito doing anything?
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The Canoncito doing anything?
I planted all six Canoncito seeds in March, they all germinated and were 2 weeks old when disaster happened. It was a mouse, and it ate all of them. The next night I lost almost all the rest of the peppers I didn't know what it was at the time.

http://www.tomatoville.com/showthread.php?t=47105

Had a few peppers left that I could plant, but nothing new to me.
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Quick update. (not so exciting for you southerners) but now I have color I'm thrilled to
have Pasilla Bahia, that I thought was BigJim, turning dark brown.

Padron is still in question but I eventually will check where the seeds came from...
(way to busy to start searching seed packets). The shape is correct but they seem to be
ripening golden yellow.

Smoke/roasted/dehydrated all weekend but still need to do a proper tasting. Only have
harvested 20% so far so plenty of time for that.
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