Peppers come in all shapes and sizes as well as different colors, flavors, and spiciness. This year in the raised bed garden we grew sweet peppers, moruga scorpion peppers, jalapeno peppers, and peter peppers (which turned out to be a waste of time!). In our Midwestern location, peppers do well in sunlight after they have grown a little, so for us it has proven best to start them indoors. We had a few late season freezes this year and it proved problematic for some of the early starts. Next year I may start most of my peppers in medium sized pots for transplant after we are certain freezing temperatures will not return.
Despite the rough start this year we managed to get our peppers planted and we even did a fun time lapse video of the peppers in the garden. The plants in the video (other than a few weeds) are sweet peppers in the main center, scorpion peppers on the rear, and beans and onions on the sides. The main focus of the time lapse is the sweet peppers though. It is fun to see 2 months of growth in the garden condensed into under 3 minutes. The growth would have been substantial if deer had not come in the night and eaten the tops off many of the plants.
The sweet peppers did reasonably well as can be seen from the video, other than having the tops eaten off. The Moruga Scorpion peppers in the rear were a little slower to produce their fruit and were therefore not ripe at the same time as the sweet peppers and jalapenos. I may try and grow some scorpions or other pepper this winter in the air-powered DWC system I built earlier because I seem to do better and enjoy myself more when I grow hydroponically. The Morugas were a healthy looking plant and I wish I had successfully started them earlier in the season to maximize the growth this season and get a full yield of some of the spiciest peppers available.
The other peppers in the raised bed this year were the peter peppers and the jalapenos which turned out like normal jalapenos should – fairly plentiful and spicy! The peter peppers were a novelty purchase that was supposed to yield a very phallic looking pepper but instead they yielded what look like bell peppers. Nearly all the peppers from the peter pepper plant were highly susceptible to end rot and ultimately this is a plant that I would not try to grow again. If you want bell peppers select some good quality organic bell pepper seed and get the real thing.
One thing that is very exciting about growing peppers is the huge variety you can get. Even though the peter peppers did not turn out as advertised it just goes to show all the different looks and flavors available from pepper plants. I highly suggest checking out a seed catalog or viewing our recommended seed ideas and start growing some peppers next year, or even better – follow my instructions to build an air-powered DWC bucket system and pick up a UFO LED grow light and grow peppers in the dead of winter inside your home!
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