Just pulled and ate the 1st pod of the year and is it any surprise it was a jalapeno?
What I am surprised about though is the heat it had for an early pod. Generally the 1st ones are very disappointing.
I have seen some fruit sets for Reapers, choc ghost scorpions, choc borg 9 just to name a few. Early yet but now things start to get newbyish. I find myself checking them more often hoping they will surprise me with some unexpected steroidal like growth. Patience will return after a few unchanged checkups.
Maybe the yellowish orange pods were not fully ripe on the one year old plant that is now mature and capable of bringing more fruit to full ripeness earlier in the season.
Just a guess.
The plants first year is spent growing a substantial root system a main structural support system as well as trying to produce fruit. a second season or better plant already has most of this or a great head start. more energy can go toward fruit production.
I have grown several Pubes in N. Illinois (where it can get very hot and humid), with acceptable results. when the weather is extremely hot they will slow down in all aspects of growth and bide their time til conditions are more favorable. You can limit some of the conditions by planting in containers where movement is an option or where direct sun is limited. Depending on where in Fla you are, pubes my find the season more to there liking.
Starting to get some pod sets and tons of follow up buds and flowers. Weather is sunny and in the low 70s today and negligible humidity.
I have been pruning heavily to allow sunlight penetration into the lower branches.
Lesson learned for 2017, You can subject healthy pepper plants that have obtained a solid root system to very inhospitable situations that greatly stress the plants out, only to have them bounce back and impress the shit out of you. In the back of my mind I thought I may have severely effected this years crop by attempting to get a head start with a 1 month early plant out.
As of this moment, I have never been more satisfied with where a particular grow is at.
1. Day temp too high >95F
2. Night temp too low <65F or too high >85F
3. Too much nitrogen fertilizer
4. Too much water
5. Low light levels (reduces fertility).
6. Very low humidity (reduces fertility)
7. Poor air circulation (air circulation contributes to pollination).
8. Lack of pollinating insects.
9. Size of pot
10. Too much mineral in feedwater.
11. Too much grower attention/anxiety.
I have come to the realization that if I continue to grow pepper plants in the quantity I am used to, I will need to start them a month later or reorganize the growroom drastically.
I will have to set a firm limit of 100 plants with a one each backup start if I change nothing but sow date. Tough decisions ahead. This year's plants were ready to go outside a month early in their 1 gal pots. That created problems in itself.
Wow! Everything is looking fantastically! Those side branches are screamin' to come out! You've got a ton of pods in your future. Great job!
I suspect they will do exactly that very soon.
Great to see so many containers... is security a problem as they look to be out on your front lawn have you known the local neighbors lean over the fence and help themselves
No, my biggest concern was whole plants walking away. But after moving them around a bit myself and only several feet at a time, I am not too worried about the 15 gal pots. The others? Never been an issue before but still keep an eye out.
I was going to post some individual plants but, plant pics are generally taken in a vertical format and the forum will not accommodate that view. So, to see individual plants, see here https://www.facebook.com/jeff.mead.923
Looks like your soil either retains a lot of moisture or you are over watering and so far getting away with it. There could be some over exposure of nutes involved as well. Other than that, everything looks good.
Time for an update. My grow over come all it was put through this spring but did develop some stress related issues. So far they are only cosmetic and as such I have embarked on a campaign of trimming and topping. I generally will not top plants but some of their conditions warranted it. I dont see topping as problematic, I just do not subscribe to it as a ritual. Other that that, new growth is shooting out all over and a heat wave next week will have very positive effects on their overall well being.