Yay pepperhead212! My plant with three stems is 6 feet tall now but hasn't bloomed yet. I wonder if I should have pruned it to a single stem? It could be because I planted it in the ground this year -- they need those warm roots? SIP does make a difference, we know.
But this year, I'm seriously thinking of hacking it short and root pruning and overwintering this monster plant, or maybe I should take cuttings and try propagating a smaller version to over winter.
Hey... Imafan said this is a weed in Hawaii? I have one in front of my front porch that I thought was a volunteer eggplant. It grew really tall and had mean thorns. I cut it down a few times, but it keeps growing back. LOL.
I pick the EPs when they are pretty much all the same size, and have stopped growing. There may be a couple smaller ones, but most will be about three eighths of an inch. I just picked about five more cups, which is pretty much the end for the season. I still have that small cluster I'm keeping for seeds, but they haven't turned color at all - just stayed green. I'll find out how the seeds have developed.