Hello, I'm from Kentucky/6A, and have grown vegetables in the garden with my dad for years. This year, I am growing some peppers from seed, mostly because I was trying to get the Enjoya bell to stripe up, but now that I know that's not happening, mostly to see if I can actually get peppers from seed to seed again, and do a little goofing around breeding these mutant seeds.
So far, the plantings aren't looking great. The first round of seeds went 21 days with not even so much as a root pop out of the seed, so I planted a 72 cell seed tray I found up in the rafters of my workshop with 25 Maduro Mutant M1, 25 Chinese Giant, and 22 California TCW Bell. Of these, 5 days later I have 3 Maduro Mutant, 2 Chinese Giant, and 0 Cali TCW showing. Tray's at 82F, so we'll see if things keep coming up. I'll give it until the 20th and call it from there, it's getting pretty late. However...it'll frost again saturday night, so not too bad yet.
Growing season here runs til October usually, sometimes into November. I'll definitely be attempting to overwinter any plants that do anything cool, and will probably try to indoor grow a few of the mutants as soon as they set mature fruit, attempting to be selective for any neat traits that show up.
As far as hot peppers go, I am on my third attempt at getting some Tequila Sunrise peppers to grow, first seeds never sprouted, second seeds sprouted and grew into Tequila Purple bell peppers, this set of seeds has only been in the germination bag for three days so nothing showing yet. I will probably buy some Bonnie orange habanero, and if I can find some Thai Hots this year I'll plant one or two of those. I'm having enough of a hard time getting anything to grow from seed, and have never succeeded in the past...so I decided to start with what I've got and see how many live.