I can't believe your "massive Rocoto harvest" . Are Pubes really that hard to grow up there?
Yeah, man. For me, anyway, haha. No problem getting them to germinate or anything like that. It just takes them soooooooooo long to actually set pods. They'll put out flowers like crazy, all Summer long, but they drop just as fast as they set for me. I know they grow better in cooler temps, so I kept them in full shade w/ partial sun all season long, and that's still the "harvest" I got
. It sucks, because my two plants are GIGANTIC too. If the branches weren't so damn long and gangly (and stuck straight up in the air), they'd be like 8ft (2.5m) tall!
I've also heard that they do much better in the second year, if you overwinter them. I tried it last year, but they attracted enough aphids (inside) to make you gag. Only needed to make it through one more month of winter too. I ended up throwing them outside in the snow, to die a cold, miserable death
Not sure if I feel like dealing with that again, hahaha
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