Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 13, 2021 6:15:36 GMT -5
All but one of my peppers - Portugal Fire - has had at least one sprout, though a couple had just one or two, so far. Most of the pots have a seedling, but I filled most of the empty pots with some extra seedlings - if those original peppers finally sprout, I'll pull these, and put the original ones in.
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 13, 2021 20:30:06 GMT -5
claude That seems incredibly small, for seedlings started that early! Are they in a cold greenhouse or something, with just the beat mats for warmth? Those early ones I started on 3-7, mainly because the chinense varieties are slower, but once they get developed, they take off! Very soon I'll have to repot those.
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 15, 2021 20:06:15 GMT -5
I re-potted my 6 largest pepper plants today, and they were definitely getting rootbound. These plants were all started on 3-7, just over 5 weeks ago! And chinense varieties are usually the slowest - the reason that I started them a little over 3 weeks early. And that Death Spiral was one of the slowest seeds to sprout, yet look at the size! Larger Death Spiral, the most rootbound of the 6 plants. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 23, 2021 12:38:49 GMT -5
Those chinense peppers, that I started early, will need hardening off soon! There are some slower ones, but even those are getting large! Some of the later, much smaller peppers are to the right of these giants. Small, but they are taking off now! chinense peppers on 4-23, started on 3-7 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 24, 2021 12:19:30 GMT -5
Mumsey Not sure what the Chinese bells are, but what I am referring to is the several varieties I grow of the Capsicum chinense species - the various habaneros, superhots, and Aji Dulce. You can usually identify these by those larger leaves. Traditionally they are slower to germinate, and grow slower, though with those 6 plants I transplanted it would be hard to believe! Even the slower ones are starting to take off now. They also sometimes ripen later - another reason I started those a little early.
Red Marconi starts are still under lights, but I’m seeing multiple plants with blooms. They will go to the grow trailer if/when this weather settles a bit. Hoping to have them in the garden by mid-May.
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pepperhead212, my peppers and eggplant grew larger than they usually do too. I don't know why. How many asparagus plants do you have? I am trying to think if I need to plant more or not. Some of that depends on if I want to freeze asparagus.
Post by pepperhead212 on May 6, 2021 19:20:57 GMT -5
ecsoehng I planted around 20 Jersey Giant roots, and this is the 3rd year after planting, and I haven't harvested until now. Got 5 or 6 last time; didn't look today.
My seedling room temp was not as high as it was the last two seasons, because April wasn't quite as warm this year - I didn't even turn the AC on yet, as I only had a couple days in the 80s, but isolated days. Last couple of years that room was in the high 70s for the last week, and the plants went nuts! Don't know why those peppers grew like that this year - usually chinense peppers are the slowest!
Post by pepperhead212 on May 9, 2021 0:35:33 GMT -5
I put a thermometer inside one of the two covered SIPs that I planted peppers - only because they were simply getting too large! It's too cold for peppers, but those are over 80º during the day, and it looks like the one is more than 10º above the ambient temp, late at night. One has a good amount of new growth on it. So these few more lows I'll be having in the mid 40s shouldn't bother them. And when the temps seem like they'll be ok for peppers, looks like it will be around 5-20, which isn't much later than normal for the other peppers.