I'm primarily a pepper gardener (and a few tomatoes). I am currently growing various kinds of peppers in large clay pots. So if anyone has any advice on growing a particular pepper, let me know These include:
New Mexico Green Chile mild
Yellow Banana mild
Cayenne medium to hot
Hungarian Yellow Wax medium
Red Hot Cherry hot
Burning Bush very hot
Red Bell mild
Chile Tepin very hot
Bulgarian Carrot hot
Thai very hot
Thai (ornamenental) very hot
Habanero (orange) extremely hot
Caribbean Red Habanero extremely hot
Scoth Bonnet (yellow) extremely hot
Trinidad Scorpion nuclear death hot
Mini-Chocalate Bell mild
Guam Boonies very hot
Cow Horn hot
Bhut Jolokia world's hottest pepper
I guess that's a good mix and most were very hard to find. If anyone would like to know where I got the plants, just let me know and I'll tell ya.
I have a few questions though if anyone would like to jump in:
It is my understanding that the hotter the pepper, the later in the season it will start producing fruit. Is this true, and if so, about when should I begin seeing results on the hottest pepper plants? It's june in AZ and is hot enough, and I was hoping that the hotter weather would accelerate production.
I water the plants every day or day and a half. All the plants seem fine but the Thai (not the ornamental Thai) seems to wilt on a daily basis. I was told that that is what they do, but it scares me so I water it and it comes back (but I don't want to over water and get root fungus). It is just now producing buds while the ornamental Thai plant yields about ten peppers a day. Any suggestions?
The Bulgarian Carrot plant is producing fruit. The leaves are green except for the bottom leaves which are yellowing. Is this normal?
I found a caterpillar eating my tabasco plants (a crime punishable by death). Is there a way to stop caterpillars and other insects from eating the leaves? I didn't kill the criminal... I threw him over the fence.
I've noticed black ants crawling over the plants. I've checked for aphids but haven't found any. Are the ants harmless to the plants or how do I get rid of them?
When to fertilize: I used fish emulsion (nitrogen 1%) applied once a week for 3 weeks when the plants were potted. I used miracle grow once after the plants were much more mature. Now that they are beginning to produce fruit, will fertilizer (nitrogen) hinder fruit production? I ask because the other ingredients in miracle grow are supposed to help with fruit production (potash, potassium) but I heard that nitrogen has the opposite effect.
Anyway, I've babbled enough. Nice to meet any of you that read or respond.