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Sulsa's 2022 grow log

As already stated in my welcome thread i'm fairly new to growing peppers. This is gonna be my second year of growing them.
Last year was quite a succes, started out with ten variaties that i could find locally and ended up with a garden full of lush plants and dito harvests. The climate here is not ideal for growing peppers, especially the 2021 season was quite wet arround here. Hoping this year will be a bit more favourable.

The plan for upcoming season is all about diversity in varieties. I'm trying to find the peppers i like the most and find good use for in the kitchen. Also cutting down on the number of plants per variety so i will not have to proces tons of peppers wich i don't really like.

Below my growlist for upcoming season:

Capsicum Pubescens (sowed 1-7-2022)

5x Rio Hualaga
5x Mini choco

Capsicum Chinense (sowed 1-15-2022)

5x Bonda ma Jacques
5x Bahamian goat
5x Habanero red
30x Adjuma yellow

Capsicum Frutescens

20x Chabai green

Capsicum Baccatum (sowed 1-15-2022)

5x Lemon drop
5x Aji mango
5x Sugar rush peach
5x Rainforrest

Capsicum annuum

5x Jalapeno el Jefe
5x Greek pepperoni
10x Cayenne
10x Cayenne #1 (big and beautyfull off pheno that popped up last year, giving it a try...)
5x Rawit
20x Piquillo de Lodosa
20x Kapia
20x Dulce de Espagna
5x Ancho negro

Most of this plants will be grown in containers in my backyard. I also have about 300 square meters of vegetable garden in wich i will grow a few varieties in open field. Did this last year with sweet peppers and this turned out pretty good.


First hook for this season... Rocoto mini choco (7 days after it hit the dirt )
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Made cultivation beds for the open ground plants today.



In the second picture behind the garlic there is another bed, but i forgot to take a picture before covering it with insulation fleece. I already planted the sweet peppers in it. 20 Kapia and 20 Dulce de Espagna. Very early i know, but i looked at the forecasts wich look good and since they are outside day and night for a long time already i think they will be fine.

O.W. Adjuma enjoying last bit of sunshine at the end of the day.

The weather here has been very sunny the last few weeks. Something we see more and more over the past years in our area. Predominantly northern winds in early spring, bringing very clear days and nights and hardly any precipitation.
Very strong sunshine at day, but still very cold nights. Peppers seem to do fine, but they stopped their bulk grow and growing smaller leaves and tighter internodes. They do grow roots though and i think (hope)that once we get a more southern air flow and warmer overall temps they will explode in growth.
No more significant rain since the end of February... drought is starting to become a problem (again)... but the chilies will do fine as long as we can water them πŸ™‚
O.W. Habanero red is starting to set pods



Ancho negro flower showing some purple

Also planted all the remaining plants that i marked fit for this season and discarded the rest. Got 50 plants in pot now and 76 plants in open ground that makes 126 plants in total!
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The only rocoto Rio Hualaga that germinated is suddenly starting to come alive.
It was sown January 7th and germinated somewhere around half February.
It had three coty's and no roots and was completely frozen for a long time. Now it suddenly starts to grow!

The rocoto mini choco is producing a lot of flowers but none have opened yet...

Nice to see the little Rio take off.

Everything looks ship-shape, @Sulsa :clap:
Finished the growspace at my vegetable garden and planted the peppers about a week ago, they all survived so far.

Row of Piquillo de Lodosa

Row of Adjumas

Half row of Ancho negro (front) and half row of Cayenne.

The Kapia and Dulce de Espagna are also doing fine, struggling with a lot of wind today, but that will toughen them up!
I have had the same experience with the SRP.
It’s definitely one that likes to set a pod at every
flower. A really great variety all around!
I have always used cages to have my rocotos grow upright, otherwise they take up way too much area.
They sure do claim a lot of space, they would look nice in a hanging basket i quess.
This is supposed to be a mini rocoto and grow up to max 4 feet, so i fitted the pots with bamboo stakes and will bind some tubestring every feet or so to contain the main shoots. The side shoots may fan out a bit and add to the aesthetics. I'm allready eyeballing some more rocoto varieties for 2023, so i probably should look in to some serious caging set ups. And find a way to sell it to my wife, because in the end it is in her favor too, if i turn the backyard in a industrial pepper factory! :D