Nice big peppers you have there.
Paprika got me into hotter peppers , but is still high on my list every year . Like most other pepper things, nothing compares to your own fresh produce.
It's kind of funny, but until I actually picked these two I was convinced that paprika was a simple color agent for deviled eggs! And roger that on the fresh vegetables. I ONLY eat Brussels Sprouts that I grow...
Glad those Paprikas made for you Eric, they look stellar
Short season growing is a bitch, tell me I know. Just when they get going the weather hates them. I'm still trying to find a way to get things done before the heat sets in. One day I hope!
I really hope you get the harvest you're hoping for
Well thanks Scott, means much! The two I picked are early ripers, but only 2/3 the size of the BIG ones! They really like it here...I panic every August when certain veggies aren't far enough along for me, but if I'm frost-vigilant I do usually have until the first week of October, from now about 5 more weeks. Far as the harvest I'm hoping for goes, This year I'm willing to take what I can get, education most likely. The latest pepper plant out here was sown on March 1, six weeks earlier than I usually do. Part of me wanted to expect great poddage as soon as they hit dirt, but alas! The deer pretty much eliminated that six weeks in one gluttonous meal. Those paprika are the ONLY ripening pods in the 8th acre...
I am going to try over-wintering a few plants, just not sure which yet (the aji mango for sure! ), and again will try to start on or around March 1 next Spring, but will try to be ready for the critters this time. Next years crop will be a bit different too, depending on what turns me on this Fall. I have got to try those monster manzano size rocotos I saw in PaulG's glog, I have a chunk of jarlsberg and some 5 year old Dutch farmers cheese just screaming for a pepper like that...
I am having a blast with these peppers though, wish I'd have started this a long long time ago.
If it's any help, this paprika plant is -/+ 3 foot tall.
...you do the math on those pods. They are huge, and making more!
One of two Trinidad Moruga Scorpions. There are 20+ pods under the canopy, but do you see what I mean when I say LUSH? All these plants are like this. Nitrogen Valhalla or something....
A large orange thai plant, four foot tall, lots of flowers, maybe a dozen pods. Love to see more of the latter.
Aji Angelo, a late bloomer, over 5 feet tall, a handful of small green pods.
My Brazilian Starfish, this entire green eco-complex hosts 1 (count 'em, ONE) fitty-cent piece sized pod. There seem to be some breeds that come to the party late, I was hoping to use the Bishop Hats (also no pods) and this one to try and initiate the family into more exotic and spicy cuisine. Won't stop me from trying again next year, I need to analyze and condition soil....
I won a lot of seed from Mpicante in a football poll last fall, this is one of those, she labeled the seeds "Madbalz". I have a sneaking suspicion that the only balls involved will be what I'll need to grow to eat one of these...
These started out as Mystery Peppers, were supposed to be Aji Amarillos, the seed from Peru via PaulG. These are PRRRO-LIFIC!!
...and the ever-popular Red Fatale, which I'd never even heard of before finding this wonderful collection of Pepper Gurus (sorry Rich, just a vernacular)...
Reco-nize these, Scott? I hope they ripen, 'cause there are a LOT of 'em. Gochugochugochugochugochugochu, all over the place!
Something I mentioned in PaulG's glog; I have six very large, very lush, very healthy looking Aji Amarillos in the 8th acre, five with no more than one or two pods, one with none. This is one with one. I gotta figure out what they need out here.
The one with none:
Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's seed or pedigree, it's gotta be environment in the dirt. This is the one on the deck, loading down (and yes, a ripe one deep inside)...
In fact, all my pot-bound plants are kicking ass. They are living in a mix of whatever potting mix I had handy and a 25-50% blend of 8th acre muck. Check them out.
Aji White Lightning Bolt.
And definitely not least, my aji lemon drop.
So, being that I like to believe I'm no dummy, and the other fact that outhouse engineering is a passion of mine, I know I have some homework to do to get actual results in that 8th acre. I can grow shit, but I need to figure out how to convince some of what I grow to actually feed me.
What confounds is that two plants next to each other, just a mere 40 inches apart, have such different requirements to attain that level of existence....