Outdoor Peppers 2013

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Took a chance and planted the peppers out a bit early, because they were really failing to thrive in their starter pots. Used Miracle Gro Organic potting mix - and I won't do that again. Truly pathetic growth to age 6 weeks. Happily, they've survived in the Growbox, survived bitter cold, and are starting to take off. Slowly.

   

Originally planted these with only Gurney's Peppers Alive! organic fertilizer, but then added some leftover growbox fertilizer from the spinach when I replaced the spinach with tomatoes (gave the tomatoes a fresh growbox fertilizer pack).

Harvests: thru 11/3 - terminated just before first hard freeze
carmen (3 plants) : 42 (many with BER, first 8/7)
costa rican (1 plant) : 10 (firs 8/10 with BER)
double delight (2 plants) : 25 (first 8/17)
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Sad, sad looking pepper
Sad, sad looking pepper plants. That growbox needs to be dumped and washed, with not a teaspoon kept of that potting mix. But, still harvesting peppers, and it's getting about time for them to look dreadful. About 20 peppers harvested since last photo a month ago. They taste good.

29 week peppers getting close to the end there's a big pepper in the bowl, double delight maybe 

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Still going... With a
Still going... With a whopping 14 peppers harvested - from 6 plants - in the past 3 weeks, which should have been the peak of pepper season. Not a good year.

23 week sweet peppers - very light harvest


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Well, eating some peppers
Well, eating some peppers with huge BER spots anyway, because there is some good fruit around the rot, and a long wait otherwise. Now harvesting a slow trickle from the summer growbox pepper collection (6 plants).

   
 
Can't really judge the new variety yet, double delight. The BER almost-ripe fruit were so-so. They're unusually good green, though. Carmens are awesome ripe red, and worse than bell peppers green. (I really prefer my peppers ripe.) Made ratatouille yesterday. That actually works better with green and so-so peppers, because made with all summer vegetables and ripe peppers, it gets way too sweet.

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If they get BER badly enough,
If they get BER badly enough, early enough, peppers with BER are not usable, they just rot... Threw away a lot of green peppers this week. I think the lone early set carmen pepper is beginning to ripen. Might finish next week. All the other fruit are far from ripe, as the biggest ones fell to BER.

 

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Drat, BER on the peppers. 90+
Drat, BER on the peppers. 90+ degree heat for a week, but also... these pepper plants are unnaturally tall. I think they got too much fertilizer. I tried spritzing them with EnzRot and Texas Tomato Food as a foliar treatment, alongside the stricken tomatoes. Apparently it didn't work.
  
 Oh, well. At least peppers with BER are mostly useable.

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Happy plants, setting fruit.
Happy plants, setting fruit. No excitement expected for a month or so...

  

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All peppers flowering, and
All peppers flowering, and setting fruit, I think. Only one fruit big enough to see horn shape yet. Got about a foot taller this week - it's been in the 80's mostly.
  
 

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First fruit set on the
First fruit set on the outdoor peppers. Only 8 more weeks to go for harvest? The double delight peppers haven't opened flowers yet - their lowest buds are about 6" higher on the plant than the carmens and costa rican. I hope that doesn't mean the plants will be much taller than the others.
 12 week sweet peppers, carmen and costa rican setting fruit, double delight not quite yet - budding higher on stem

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