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Old July 18, 2017   #16
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This is the best pepper year I have had for a long time. It is by far the best for hot peppers and my bells are just loaded with nice peppers. I will just have to hope I don't have the problems with TSWV that I had last year. I have been feeding them the new Vegetable formula from Urban Farms that you have to ask for when you order. It did so well on my cucumbers, squash, and cantaloupes that I thought I would see how it did on peppers. Another thing I did was shade one of my beds and it has surpassed the bed that is in the open in both size of the plants and the number of large peppers. I think as the summer heat continues the shade is looking more and more like something I will be doing with my bells from now on. I even have a Dragon hot pepper in my shaded bed and it is far outpacing the ones in the open. I may try a Jalapeno in the shade next year and see how it does.

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Old July 18, 2017   #17
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Peter is pretty persnickety. He has no reputation as prolific, perpetuated for his other .. personality traits.
Ha! I suppose I expected Peter to be a bit more, erm, generous. High marks so far to shish!to, Leutschauer paprika, and Balik (Turkish for "fish").
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Old July 18, 2017   #18
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I may try a Jalapeno in the shade next year and see how it does.
I did just that, accidentally, this year. So far, they're neck-and-neck, production-wise, but I think that over the long run the plant that receives shade after 2:30 PM will outproduce the one in full sun. It's still early in the season in my area, but the partially shaded plant is much fuller and healthier-looking.
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Old July 24, 2017   #19
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Mother Nature decided to do an early pepper harvest this weekend... Snapped 7 plants off at ground, knocked 12 over.
Looks like I'll be canning green chilies today.
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Old July 24, 2017   #20
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If you hang the plants upside down in the garage or somewhere out of the sun, many of the pods will ripen.
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Old July 25, 2017   #21
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Also, don't be in a hurry to uproot the plants. One recent year, a Chinense that had received that wind treatment—snapped off at the soil—roared back and, unbelievably, surpassed its undamaged neighbors.

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Old July 28, 2017   #22
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Troyka, Ajvarski Sweet, Golden Treasures, and Sweetest Pepper.
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Old July 28, 2017   #23
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Robbie that is a pretty picture of peppers.

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Old July 29, 2017   #24
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Robbie those peppers are beautiful!!
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Old July 30, 2017   #25
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Thank you. I think I have finally gotten my mix of sweet varieties determined. The ones in the pic outperformed my hybrid bells. I'm grateful for the bell seeds I received in swaps, but I think I will just stop growing bells altogether. They are too prone to sun scald, especially if the plants fall over.

Another pepper lesson that I am taking from this year is that timing of transplant is crucial. Once a pepper plant blooms in the pot, it's never going to be as big of a plant, compared to if it had been planted in the garden earlier. I have some plants that are the same varieties in the same spot, but the plants are a fraction of the size they should be. They still yield ok, but the plants are tiny.

Peppers are virtually impossible to sell at my market in late summer, because everyone has them. But, like tomatoes, if I have something no one else is selling, then I can sell a few of them. I tried to get $3 for a quart box, but they don't really move unless they are $2.
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Another pepper lesson that I am taking from this year is that timing of transplant is crucial. Once a pepper plant blooms in the pot, it's never going to be as big of a plant, compared to if it had been planted in the garden earlier.
Interesting! I've not noticed that because I rarely let them bloom, but I'll watch for it in the future.
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Beautiful display of peppers Cole. What is the approx. DTM on the Troyka pepper? I'm always looking for ones that stand a chance here.
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Old July 31, 2017   #28
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Picked a few Big Jim's a little early, to stimulate production and I was craving Chili Rellenos.



I put them under the broiler to blister.



Then peel skins... Ready to seed and stuff with cheese.


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Nice. They look great. I grilled a basket of my peppers last night.
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Beautiful display of peppers Cole. What is the approx. DTM on the Troyka pepper? I'm always looking for ones that stand a chance here.
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Honestly, I don't know. All my peppers seem to come in at the same time. I hardly every notice much difference between varieties. Troyka is the orange-ish small bell in the middle right. I like it, but I like the Ajvarski Sweet better. It's at the top of that pick. They have an odd triangular shape, but yield and flavor are both great.
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