I'm glad you liked it and sorry again I got it up too late.stella1751 wrote:Wow! This is great, Garden5; thanks! Yes, I could have used this a week ago, but it's kind of like what I did. Unlike the instructions, I left the leaves on my suckers, and unfortunately, I did not think to trim the root ball, other than what the shovel had already sliced off. However, seeing this website gave me confidence that the Frankenchile can indeed make it through the winter. What a great spring I will have in 2010!
The plant is doing well in the windowsill. I would eventually like to trim off all of the old, worn-out, wind-damaged leaves. I have saved Curtis' Bonsai Pepper pruning website for that purpose. I'd like the mother plant to have all new growth and at least two self-pollinated peppers when I put it out next spring. Because these peppers get so big, I can't let it produce any lower than a foot above the soil line.
Oh well, I am a long ways from even thinking about in-house production. I am just thrilled that I finally quit my whining and brought it into the house! Thanks for pushing me in that direction. A Brave New World in Stellaland has now been formed, and right in my very own kitchen.
soil wrote:i find peppers do very well the second year, and they do pretty good the third, but beyond that they get kind of old. the second year always (for me ) produces the best crop, the best yields, best flavor, best peppers. and you get a jump start on seedlings.
oh they did sprout new growth and they do produce new blooms, im just saying that they get old age and don't produce as well as the second and third year. i am giving these rocoto tree peppers a try this next season, they are said to last up to 15 years. the oldest hot pepper i have had was a jalapeno, it grew to the ripe old age of 5. then i let it go because she was OLD and not so healthy after years of production.garden5 wrote:soil wrote:i find peppers do very well the second year, and they do pretty good the third, but beyond that they get kind of old. the second year always (for me ) produces the best crop, the best yields, best flavor, best peppers. and you get a jump start on seedlings.
Interesting info, Soil. I wonder if after the second year you couldn't just keep cutting the plant back each time and have it sprout more new growth. You'd think it would just produce more blooms with age . Perhaps another method would be to star new plants from cutting of the second year plant so you'd always have 1-2 year old plants.