I'm doing an experiment. I just planted 2 seedlings that are between 4-6 inches in the ground at a place that gets 70-80 % shade. My other 2 plants I'm leaving in containers and will move them around where they will get only morning sun and noon through late afternoon shade.
You may be on to sumpin. It should be cooler if rootball was six inches down in mother earth vs a pot above ground. Definitely hotter above ground ... Maybe I should have transplanted my 1 & 1/2 foot potted pubes into a shady earthy yard hole. Sumpin to think about next time..
Here in Sactown we get consistent 100+ summer temps. My Pubecens plant definitely needed shade/cooler temps to thrive but it didn't die. Its been outside since a seedling and it's now two years old. Was yours in pots? Mine was in a large raised bed with 40% shade cloth. It could be the variety too. I bought the Giant Mexican Rocoto from Pepper Lover. Perhaps give that specific variety a shot in a bed or large pot..
Mine were in pots. Maybe a cooler mother earth would be better for my locale. Hmmmmmm...
Edited by Streamer, 07 May 2016 - 06:52 PM.