I've been growing 2 orange manzano plants since October, started them from seeds I plucked out of one of the THP seed trains a few years ago. I had never tried to grow them when I lived in the South but from what I understand they probably have a hard time with the persistent heat and humidity down there...as in people have difficulty growing them. The average day temperatures here will swing from 55-80ºF(13-26ºC) over an entire day...back and forth between those extremes many times per day as the clouds roll past the Kenai Peninsula. It would be brutal trying to grow a C. chinense from seed in these conditions (mine are all 2-3 season plants) and people have hardcore problems with aphids on C. annuum here...even in greenhouses. There's also a C. baccatum here that does nicely...it just doesn't want to bloom (I honestly think it's the long daylight hours.) That plant was started last season and still hasn't done much for fruiting but it certainly has some lush bushy shrub effects going for it.
So what is it about the C. pubescens that makes it like being grown in Alaska? Peppers are not a choice crop for up here but seeing these guys do so nicely makes me wonder if I could be on to something for a great crop development for sub-arctic areas. Realistically people probably don't grow it up here because they've never even heard of it unless they spent time in Central America or the Southwest US.
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