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Growing Sweet and Hot Peppers 2017

I have been collecting seeds from all kinds of grocery store peppers and today I decided it was time to sow them. There are going to be many more plants compared to last year.

I hope I'm not too late. I wanted to wait until there was more sunlight. I also have limited space indoors, so I'm planning to put them outside when it gets warmer, but I don't want them to get too big before that.

I have sown four seeds of each variety but I have not yet decided how many I'm going to keep.

Bell peppers
Just ordinary red, orange and yellow bell peppers. The red ones are from my two best plants last year.

Pointed peppers
Red and yellow elongated/pointed sweet peppers. Relatively thin walls.

Hungarian peppers
Most peppers sold around here are either from the Netherlands or from Spain, but one day my dad came home with some peppers marked Hungary. I would like to call them bell peppers but the walls are tougher than I'm used to so I guess they are best for cooking. The thing that excites me most about these peppers is the colour. I have never seen a white pepper before (when looking closely it's actually very pale yellow). I have also sown red ones.

"Mini" peppers
From a bag containing a mix of small red, orange and yellow sweet peppers. I think the smaller size might make them suitable for the growing conditions I give my plants (i.e. relatively small containers and short season).

Hot peppers
This year I'm also going to grow hot peppers. I was a bit impatient so I have actually already started a few month ago with some regular red chillies (see picture below). In an Asian food store I found some kind of Asian chilli (from Malaysia) which were full of seeds. I've also bought a red habanero but I was too afraid to use it for anything because I have heard it's very hot (the woman I bought it from even warned me). It ended up getting bad, so I haven't tasted it, but I've saved the seeds and am looking forward to growing the plant.

The regular red chillies that I started already a few month ago.

13 blog comments below

That's a pretty awesome project Peterssidan. Are you planning to eat all of them? Smile
deanhills on Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:48 pm
Yes, for the sweet peppers that's the plan. The other family members can probably help me. I'm less sure about the hot ones. It would be nice to have a steady supply of fresh chillies for whenever I want to spice up some food, but I'm not going to eat all of them just so that I don't have to toss any.
Peterssidan on Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:32 am
Very nice!
I have red, yellow and orange bell pepper seeds to plant as well plus tomatos.
Still a couple months away (April) from planting for me.
standready on Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:46 am
Everything has started to come up except for the white Hungarian peppers and the red bell peppers. At this stage they all look very similar.

The bell peppers

The mini peppers

Pointed peppers (left), Hungarian peppers (top-right), Hot peppers (bottom-right)
Peterssidan on Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:40 pm
It's going towards spring and the red chilli plants seem to like it because they have started to produce quite a few flowers. Very Happy

Flower on one of the red chilli plants.
Peterssidan on Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:35 pm
The flowers look great. Didn't realize they could look that good. Definitely worthwhile to grow those in house, and one gets to eat them too. Razz
deanhills on Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:21 pm
From flower to pepper!
standready on Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:54 pm
deanhills wrote:
The flowers look great. Didn't realize they could look that good. Definitely worthwhile to grow those in house, and one gets to eat them too.

They look nice up close but are rather small and face downwards so I wouldn't recommend growing peppers for their flowers. The fruits can be very decorative though. Just search for "ornamental peppers" and you'll be amazed.

standready wrote:
From flower to pepper!

I hope so. I have tried to pollinate them but I can't see any pollen.
Peterssidan on Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:29 am
Still no sign of fruits developing. One of the flowers has fallen which means that one will not turn into a pepper.
On the positive side, I have started to see some pollen now.

Peterssidan on Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:34 pm
The seedlings are growing. Most of them has started to form their first set of true leaves.

All the pepper plants for this year.

The yellow mini peppers in the top-right corner are not doing so well. Maybe they have been overwatered.

Still no white Hungarian peppers. Is white maybe an immature colour?

The seedlings are tender and one has to be very careful not to damage the leaves when moving them.

The Habanero seedlings look a bit different and are fuzzier than the rest.

A regular looking pepper seedling.
Peterssidan on Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:18 pm
The first pepper pod is forming. Looks like he's smoking.

Smoking is highly addictive, don't start!
Peterssidan on Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:12 pm
Funny Peter! Peppers are looking good.
standready on Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:00 pm
My two best plants (A and B) from last year are still alive. I want to see how they perform in bigger pots so today I repotted them in 3 and 3,5 litre pots. They looked kind of sad so I also removed all old leaves and branches. They already have some new growth but I hope this will make them branch out more along the stem.


Peterssidan on Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:52 pm

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