Post by pepperhead212 on Feb 13, 2021 19:20:51 GMT -5
I've found the same thing with peppers - they really don't grow many roots in that buried section. Fortunately, they don't rot in that section, either, like some plants, that you have to be careful with to not bury too deep.
Planted 75 pepper seeds, give or take a few. Guess I'll be selling plants this year. Planted Nadapeno, Chinese Giant Bell (those do well here), Orange Bell, a yellow bell, Big Jim, some other bell type and Red Marconi. binnylou, the marconi are the last of the seed you sent me! I'll be saving some this year.
datgirl, I just love the color when they are fully ripe and red. And, they are so sweet when ripe. Several years ago, I shared some Red Marconi plants with my neighbor. I discovered that she was harvesting them while green. I told her she should wait for them to be fully ripe to enjoy the sweetness.
Gardening like I'm gonna live forever, right here in central Iowa. Posting since 2008. 🍁
Post by pepperhead212 on Mar 2, 2021 22:54:29 GMT -5
I am starting my chinense pepper varieties tonight - the only ones I'm growing before 4-1, when most get planted, since they are slowest growers early on, and sometimes the latest to ripen. A couple of the hybrids I will actually plant on 4 -5, as they grow so fast that they usually end up getting a few flower buds, before it's time to put them out.
Two are new to me this season - Paper Lantern habanero, and Death Spiral pepper, so I don't know what those will be doing. The Death Spiral is one of those superhots - only growing them out of curiosity, as I don't put them in food. A teenage friend wants to try them (and see how many of his friends will want more when they try them - his words), and we will give our extras to a friend who makes hot sauce, like I have in the past with superhots.
Post by pepperhead212 on Mar 21, 2021 23:02:38 GMT -5
Many of my early peppers sprouted, and, surprisingly, almost all of those old (at least 5 years) chocolate habanero seeds spouted (I had trouble with last season, so ordered more, though there are different varieties with this name, so I was taking a chance). You just never know! And I had only one each death spiral and paper lantern sprout out of 5 and 4, so I soaked the remaining seeds in some 1% hydrogen peroxide solution for 30 min., and put them back in the petri dishes, and I got 3 sprouts by the next day! Whether it was related or not, it was a good coincidence. I already have more of these early varieties than my math friend and I will use, so I'll have to ask around, to see who else is nuts.