A Bounty of Peppers!

I’ve got a bounty of peppers now, of bell, sweet and hot.  The peppers are in full production mode!  I took a quick break to walk out to the garden for a harvest.

Bell, Sweet and Hot Peppers (Click for larger image)

Bell, Sweet and Hot Peppers (Click for larger image)

Once I got the peppers inside and on the counter, I thought they looked really pretty, so I took a photo.  And keep in mind, this isn’t all of the peppers — many have already found their way into our tummies.  Not to mention there are a ton still on the plants!

In the photo I have Park’s Sweet Banana, Park’s Sweet Pickle, Mini-Belle (in purple and red), Redskin (mostly green), a name-unknown bell and a Cambuci (very hot!).  I’m waiting to taste the Cambuci before writing up a post on it, but it’s a really pretty plant and pepper.

A bounty of peppers indeed!

Still Planting Peppers

I’ve got another round of peppers to plant this weekend.  Here in Florida, there’s still plenty of time to get in a second crop.  So what’s on my agenda?  Here’s what I have in mind, but it’s always subject to change.

  • Datil
  • Aurora
  • Purple Jalapeno
  • Jaloro (yellow jalapeno)
  • Redskin (again — this is one nice bell pepper!)
  • Starburst (ornamental pepper)
  • Giant Anconcagua (again — absolutely huge sweet peppers!)

I might also go with another round of Pretty Purple Pepper and one of the Thai Hot varieties.  I’m also debating adding a larger bell pepper to the list, or maybe Mohawk (the companion to Redskin).

So if you live in a climate where it’s warm (days at least in the 70’s) on up through October or November, come on and plant some more seeds!  Or at least see if there are any plants for sale available nearby.

And for the rest of you who already have peppers out in the garden — may you have a bounty of peppers as well!

4 Responses to A Bounty of Peppers!

  • Alison says:

    How do you know hen to harvest? And can you control the heat on peppers at all? Does it matter when you pluck them off the plant? My Jalapenos have barely any heat. Could it be the seed pack I bought?

  • Gail says:

    Hi Alison,

    You can harvest your peppers at any point, really; it depends on your needs and wants.

    You can manage the heat some on your chile peppers. The general rule is: when the peppers are ripe, they are hottest. Most people are used to green jalapenos and don’t even realize they are usually red when ripe! (Although there are a few purple and yellow jalapeno varieties.)

    Also, the warmer the weather, the hotter the peppers seem to get. And remember — chile peppers like hot weather!

    If you’re letting the jalapenos get ripe (probably red in your case) and the weather has been hot, then it could be the variety of jalapeno. There are some jalapenos bred to be extra-hot, and some that are bred to be mild.

    One more thing; for jalapenos to have much heat, you’ll usually need to keep the seeds and the membranes with the pepper. The seeds and the whitish membrane hold most of the jalapeno’s heat.

    Hope this helps!

  • Ron says:

    I live in mid Florida and have a bell pepper plant that had a small yield. It is now August and I would like to obtain another harvest from this plant. Can I get a second harvest by pruning or will it do so on it’s own?

  • Gail says:

    Hi Ron,

    You can try to prune it just a little, then give it more fertilizer that is high in phosphorus (phosphorus is higher than nitrogen).

    You might be able to get another harvest in, but it depends on how long the peppers take to mature, versus when the chilly weather will start up — which will slow down the peppers maturing.

    It’s certainly worth a try! Good luck! :)

    Gail

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