SpicyChicken............I just saw your pictures and must say that they are incredible! I'd love to be able to plant so many peppers and have them all produce so well for me.
You're in WI, so your summer time temps should be close to mine. I planted 3 bhut jolokia's last year and only got 3 peppers and that was in October. I understand that they require a long growing period, but I'd expect them to do a little better than that.
Anyway, you seem to get a TON of production from your pepper plants, something I've been struggling with. So....if you don't mind my asking.....what's your secret? Do you fertilize?
Also, in your picks, the plants seemed pretty close together in their rows, how far apart are they?
How big are your transplants when you put them out? I'm thinking that mine were maybe too small. They were about 3 in. tall, had 2-3 sets of true-leaves.
How do you start your seedlings?
I'm sorry about all of the questions, and if I'm taking this thread way off-topic. Thanks for any answers.
Oh, and these questions are open to everyone
Sorry it took so long to reply, really busy right now!
The spacing on the plants is 20 inches, they look close; but those plants are almost 3 ft across already and its only half way through the season.
I see that you are a very experienced gardener, so I doubt that I could tell you anything you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t already know but will tell you how I do it and whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s important in my opinion and for the beginners here will try to put it in laymanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s terms, so donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be offended when I point out the obvious. LOL
The things that help me: for what it's worth!
Black plastic to heat the soil 2 to 3 weeks before planting.
2 table spoons of bone meal and one Epsom salt at planting.
I Plant no larger than 6 inch plants to keep transplant shock to a minimum.
Pinch as many buds off as possible for the first 4 to 6 weeks allowing the plant to grow.
Deluded liquid fish emulsion to feed every time not feast or famine.
Cutting Nitrogen intake half way through the season and pour the potassium to em.
I use a hedge trimmer to prune of 25 % of the leaves 3 weeks before harvest.
Water with 70 + degree water to eliminate shock value.
Stake them for fruit load, cutting down on stem stress.
Tenting the long gestation period peppers to extend their growing season.
Picking the ripe, when ripe; transferring the energy into the ones that are not. Once thru the garden can yield 10 to 20 thousand peppers for me, so it tends to be a chore really! Usually 4 to 5 times before ripping and lynching.
I welcome any ?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s on the above tips, if you want to call them that!
Here is a link to the pics for those who may have not seen them.
How do I start my seedlings?
This Pic was taken this morning, in 3 days I will transplant into 3X3Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s; than 4 weeks till garden planting, they should be around 3 to 5 inches tall. I do it this way at this time every year.
Cheers, Spicy Chicken