I'd still consider myself a new grower, but when I started, I didn't really have a sense of which peppers worked best in my location. (I just assumed they all did...) I was more concerned with knowing how to grow, than knowing what to grow.
I've since learned some general stuff, like that growing C. chinense / superhots typically requires a fairly long season and that C. pubescens as a perennial is an option for those in areas that don't experience significant frosts. But I suspect there's probably variation within all the main species such that some varieties work better in different locations for various reasons (e.g. pests, disease, climate, etc.)
Granted, if you can grow peppers at all, then there's a good chance you can get any pepper to work, but still, I'm interested in collecting some information on what variety grows best in your location so that new growers can have the best chance of having a successful season, and so others in your location might have some ideas about what to grow next.
If you'd like to help out, comments would be appreciated!
What I'm interested in is:
- Your location (city, country, and USDA plant hardiness zone)
- Varieties that have worked the best
- Varieties that haven't worked well
- Challenges of growing in your area/tips for someone in your location
- How long you've been growing for
If there's enough interest in this, I'll put together all the results for future reference!